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Yard and garden

Solve a problem

Plant diseases

Recognize and treat common fungal, bacterial and viral diseases of plants

What's wrong with my plant?

Diagnose problems in the yard and garden caused by insects, diseases and nonliving factors

Find plants


Annuals, perennials and native flowers for northern gardens


How to grow fruits in a northern climate


Light requirements, pests and diseases, forcing bulbs, fertilizing

Native plants

Native grasses, prairie plants, wildflowers and pollinator habitat

Trees and shrubs

Selecting, planting, watering, trimming, pruning, fertilizing, disease and insect pests


Planting and growing everything from asparagus to zucchini

Weeds in lawns and gardens

Common weedy plants in Minnesota, characteristics and control strategies


Growing guides

Guides to planting, growing and caring for plants year-round

Flowers for pollinators

Grow bee lawns and pollinator friendly plants

Growing safe food

On-farm food safety, GAPs audits, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Managing soil and nutrients

Composting, soil testing, and nutrient management for home gardens

Using your harvest

Harvesting and storing fruits and vegetables, food safety, canning and preserving

Water Wisely: Start in your own backyard

Practice water conservation when watering lawns, gardens, trees and shrubs

Lawns and landscapes

Landscape design

Plant selection, maintenance, environmental benefits, bee lawns, special projects

Lawn care

Planting, growing, fertilizing, watering, dethatching, repairing

For lawn care and gardening professionals

Resources and information for pesticide applicators and people working in lawn care, landscaping and nursery and greenhouse management

Master Gardeners

Ask a Master Gardener

Master Gardeners will answer your yard and garden questions by email, in person or over the phone.

About Master Gardeners

Master Gardener volunteers promote healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy planet.

Become a Master Gardener volunteer

Find out how to apply to be a Master Gardener and register for the core course.


Find the latest garden tours, landscaping seminars and other fun and educational activities to ignite your love of gardening this season.


Spruce budworm larvae on a tree branch.

When spruce budworm eats the buds of a tree, the tree becomes stressed. While trees often can withstand this stress, the risk of tree death increases when a drought occurs in addition to spruce budworm feeding.

Vegetable plants growing outside the Myers Education Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

New program series at the Arb, Grow. Harvest. Eat., focuses on expanding your salad (and other food plant) horizons.

Dug up lawn.

Hungry animals are just a symptom of your dug-up lawn’s actual problem: white grubs.

Yard and Garden News

Timely information to help you care for your yard and garden.


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