Meet the plant Diervilla splendens ‘El Madrigal’ Diervilla is a standout plant because of its hardiness, and it’s easy to grow! Nightglow’s foliage is a nice deep burgundy, which is different than most varieties of Diervilla available. Though the flowers are not what makes this plant popular, the yellow beauties on Nightglow, popping against its[…]
Meet the plant This new introduction packs a punch in the landscape. Fire Light Tidbit is very tough and easy to grow. It loves the sun and only gets to 3ft x 3ft fully grown, so it’s perfect for smaller gardens or border plantings. This is a great plant for the spot where you need[…]
Meet the plant Brandywine Maple (Acer rubrum ’Brandywine’) Medium-sized, low maintenance maple tree that displays intense scarlet red color in the fall Blooms: April Exposure: Full sun Type: Tree Meet the ICN Pro Learn more from Bryon Rinkenberger at Hoerr Nursery or find a local ICN Pro. Why go pro? Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals are[…]
One of the pricier expenditures for home gardeners is quality hand tools. High quality tools will last longer, but this does mean the tools — whether shovels, rakes, pruners, or hand trowels — cost more. With winter coming up, make sure to clean, oil, and sharpen tools before storing them for the season. The first step to tool maintenance is proper storage. Do not leave tools outside where they can absorb moisture from wet grass and dew. Instead, store tools off the ground and away from potential moisture, such as in a shed, barn, or garage.
Usually, it’s evergreen trees that come to mind when thinking about privacy, screening, color, and texture for enjoyment in the landscape during the winter months. While evergreens are a perfectly acceptable option for achieving this feel in your yard, columnar oak trees are a seriously underrated option.
You might not be able to hear the marching, but there are troops invading some yards across the U.S. this year in greater numbers than usual, and they’re after one thing: your lawn.
In fact, entomologists say they’ve never seen the problem this widespread. What are these tiny troops made of? Fall armyworms. Although called worms, they are actually caterpillars of a moth. They are infesting lawns along the Southeast, as well as stretching into areas as far west as Texas and as far north as Michigan.
Like it or not, fall and winter will be here before we know it! During the off-season, too many gardeners leave their vegetable or flower gardens bare over winter. This can cause major problems for the following growing season, especially an invasion of winter weeds and erosion of high-quality topsoil to boot. Beat the weeds and hang on to your soil this fall, winter and spring by planting a cover crop, or at least putting down some straw.
Are you ready to toss in the towel on your overgrown, drab-looking container gardens for the year?
Unfortunately, our gorgeous summer containers are now fading due to the stress of the summer heat, possible insects or diseases, and the changing temperatures and sunlight in fall. Don’t give up! Now is the perfect time to give them a fall makeover and create a beautiful display of autumnal colors amongst the pumpkins on your front porch for a couple of months.
One-third of the world’s trees are in trouble. Here’s how you can help
Fall is a season of transition and that includes your garden. Make the most of beautiful fall days to enjoy your garden and prepare your landscape for the winter ahead.