Retail Construction Services, Inc. is dedicated to giving back.

We give back not only to those in need within our community, but also the future generations of this wonderful community. What started out as a great idea has grown exponentially and has become an amazing reality. Here at the RCS Giving Garden, school groups, master gardeners, corporate volunteers, and our own employees work together for the common good of teaching children the art of gardening and the importance of healthy eating. Click Here for Full Story.

Retail Construction Services, Inc.
11343 39th Street N.
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

From HWY 36 - go south on Lake Elmo Ave, turn left onto 39th Street, garden is at corner of 39th and Laverne.
From HWY 5- going west from Stillwater take right onto Laverne (near Fury dealership) garden is on the right at corner of Laverne and 39th street.

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Giving Garden vs. Hungry Birds and our Strawberries

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Birds love strawberries, and who could blame them. Imagine a bird just flying along and spotting, below, bright red, juicy berries!

Weaving together the netting
There are many methods to use to keep birds out of the strawberry patch, but the most effective way to protect them is to use bird netting,

We used 3/8" Pecs plumbing piping to form the loops over the strawberries. Then netting was stretched over the tubing.  The netting was not long enough to reach the entire length of the raised beds, so Curt, Mike L and Mike T had to weave the netting together with fishing line.  

Sliding the clothespins to raise the netting
At the bottom of each tubing, a clothespin is placed over the tubing, making sure to include part of the netting.

In order to weed or harvest the strawberries, all you need to do is to slide the clothespins up the tubing, thereby raising the netting!  See video at the top of this story.

Thank you Curt, Mike and Mike for your work on the netting!!
- Contributed by Joni Fletty