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Yard and garden

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


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

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

Flowers for pollinators

Grow bee lawns and pollinator friendly plants

For professionals

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

Water Wisely

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

Find plants

Trees and shrubs, native grasses and flowers

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.


Garden plots with bare soil.

Our soils and soil fertility have been impacted by this past winter’s unusual temperatures and moisture patterns. Planting seeds and transplants this season should focus on average last-frost dates rather than soil temperatures.

A bumble bee feeding on a clover flower in a lawn.

Extension Yard and Garden has a new series of shrub pruning videos and new pages offering comprehensive information about managing (or encouraging) weeds.

Long, white emerald sah borer larva in a cross-section of wood.

This April is predicted to be warm after a winter of record warmth and minimal snow. This will affect insects and this year’s gardening season in many ways.

Yard and Garden News

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


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