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Multitasking Fencing

This multi-level fence serves several functions: it provides a level of privacy without making the yard feel too secluded from its surroundings. The fence also provides a level of security and containment while the subtle transparency created by the spaces between the slats of the fence still invites interaction—with the rest of the landscape and even with fauna and neighbors. The fence’s transparency also manages airflow, which creates a subtle microclimate to allow the Japanese maple to thrive in this
urban setting.

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Fall Produce Overflow?

A lot of our clients had a great experience growing their own vegetables this past summer—both in their own yards and in community gardens. Others took advantage of CSAs and had the opportunity to experiment with produce they’d never even seen! If you’re one of these, perhaps you’ve ended up with an abundance of fall produce. Varieties of squash do well cooked and frozen, but harvested root vegetables can be stored for several months. Learn how and check out a great recipe to make use of your surplus. »


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Protect Against Winter

That’s right—at times, winter can be the biggest pest. Minnesota winters can cause severe damage to plants and trees. Winter sun, wind, ice and snow can all be factors, but a lot of the damage is preventable. For example, repeat freezing and thawing can cause the expanding and contracting soil to damage roots and shrubs, but a 4- to 6-inch layer of mulch can help prevent this sort of damage. biota knows Minnesota winters and how to give your landscape the best chance to rebound for a beautiful spring. What sort of questions do you have about getting ready for winter? Let’s chat. »


High-Design Décor

biota recently fielded a discussion about festive seasonal décor that can really complement your landscape and architecture as part of Midwest Home’s Ask the Expert series. Our mission at biota is to extend your livable space and invite interaction with your landscape, and we see no reason that shouldn’t continue in winter months. Check out some of the highlights we suggested to Midwest Home readers. »

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