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Rochester MN Garden Tour
The Rochester MN Garden Tour is tomorrow!
Garden at Mayowood in Rochester, MN
Great landscaping and a lush garden can add a ton of value to your home and get you an excellent return on investment. But it's also fun to enjoy while you're living there. There are easy and low cost ways to get your yard looking beautiful. Here are some tips to get started on your outdoor design.
1. Learn about your yard and find your style.
Walk around your property sketching out what it looks like now and what you'd like it to look like. Take notes about where areas get shade and which get more sun. List what you'd like to keep and what needs removal. Think about what you want to use your space for. If you have kids or pets, maybe you'd like more space for running around. Or maybe you're dreaming of a relaxing, private wildflower meadow. Write down whatever you're hoping for in your space.
2. Start small and make a plan.
Keep in mind, if you go big on your garden, you'll probably be spending more and energy for maintenance. Decide what you want to use your yard for and then scale back. You can always add more later. Take a trip to a local nursery to gather information and take pictures of plants and other items you'd like to incorporate into your garden. Or do your research online. Note when different plants will bloom, and sun and water requirements. Choose plants that will bloom in different seasons for year-round color.
3. Mix Perennials and Annuals. Repeat.
Make sure you are planting both perennials (plants that return each season) and annuals (plants that are only around for one year). Also, repeating the same plants and landscaping materials throughout your yard is a way to make it professionally designed. The same is true for other materials like paths, pots, and even furniture.
If you're looking for some more inspiration, tomorrow (Thursday, July 21st) the Rochester Garden and Flower Club is having a garden tour. The self-guided tour starts at 3:30 at 1926 College View Road East. Along with private garden tours there will be live music, demos, floral design, planter design, garden to table, garden art adn more. The cost is $15, and FREE for anyone under 18. They encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item, paper product or cleaning item to help the LINK program for at-risk and homeless youth. For more information on this event, go to http://www.rgfc.org/gardentour.html
Dan is a licensed realtor in Minnesota. Since 2011, Dan has been a co-owner of the Realty Edge Team with Kyle Swanson, at eXp Realty, LLC, at 300 1st Ave NW in Rochester, MN. He shares his life with h....
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