Annual & Perennial Care Tips

You’ve spent hours at your local garden center carefully selecting the colors, textures, and varieties you want to place in your landscape. You even took notes so that you could ask questions of the staff at the garden center, to be sure you select the right plants for the right place.

How Fruiting Plants and Birds Support Each Other

Native plants produce the right fruit at the right time to nurture the native bird population. In turn, the birds eat the fruit and distribute the seeds, helping to ensure the plant’s survival.

Substitutions for Woody Invasive Plants in Your Yard

According to a 2010 tree census conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and The Morton Arboretum, buckthorn is the most common tree in the Chicago region. Common, or European, Buckthorn, and glossy buckthorn were brought to the midwest to be used as hedging material.

Best Time of Day to Water Your Lawn

The a.m. is the best time to water the lawn because the air is cooler and there’s usually not much wind to blow the droplets. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly.

Shade Issues In The Yard

Common problems we see homeowners having is when there is too much shade in their yard. Grasses won’t grow properly, plants can’t thrive, and flowers won’t bloom.

Let Hydrangeas Be Your Garden Showpiece

A flowering Hydrangea is an eye catcher by itself. When you have an entire shrub blooming, it is a sight to behold with its gorgeous hues of blue, lavender, pink, red and white.

Start a Victory Garden With these Easy Steps

This seems to be a similar year as 1941 during World War II in the fact that Victory Gardens are popular. Now they’re calling them “COVID-19 Victory Gardens.”

Pick the Perfect Tomato

There’s a tomato for every garden and every table… our curated collection started in the summer of 2019 when we grew almost all of these varieties in our own gardens to ensure their ease of growing and delicious flavor for you.

Fragrant Gardens Can Make Your Life Heavenly

Fragrant gardens are becoming very popular with home owners. Human beings are very sensitive to smells, both pleasant ones and unpleasant ones.

How Do You Tell It Is Alive or Dead Without Leaves?

This time of year the question of “How can we tell what is alive or dead?” is a frequent one. It is so second nature to us that we often forget to explain to you how we tell if a branch is alive or dead in the middle of the “dormant” season.