Landscaping is meant to be pleasing to the eye and also functional. We want you to use your yard to its full potential: a place to relax, a place to play, and whatever other hobbies you may have. Maybe grow a veggie garden or entertain friends.
Fall has arrived, and that means it’s time to plant those spring-blooming bulbs and exercise your creative inspiration in the garden! The good news is that there are many gorgeous color palettes and fascinating new cultivars to experiment with when designing a spring landscape. If you’re looking for ideas, we’ve got some winning combinations that will look beautiful in your 2023 garden, plus tips on getting as many blooms as possible.
For gardeners in many parts of the country, fall is a great time to plant just about anything. Except in the coldest regions, fall can provide most perennials, shrubs and trees with enough time to become established in their new home before experiencing extreme heat, cold or drought. Familiarity with your own climate, hardiness zone and the hardiness of the plant you want to put in the ground will guide your decision.
Is your lawn looking weak and thin? Overseeding can help you get back to the thick, lush, green lawn you’ve always wanted. By spreading grass seed over your existing lawn, you can thicken up the thin areas, and your lawn will start to look terrific again. (This is different from reseeding, which is when you start over and plant a completely new lawn.)
Growing garlic for the first time can be an exercise in patience, but once it’s ready for harvest, you’ll be so glad you took the time to cultivate it. Nothing beats fresh garlic, as not only is it flavorful, but it’s incredibly healthy too.
October was officially proclaimed Oak Awareness Month in Illinois by Governor Bruce Rauner in 2015 through the amazing advocacy efforts of The Chicago Region Trees Initiative and its partners. The purpose of Oak Awareness Month is to raise awareness of the decline in the Oak tree canopy in Illinois and the importance of their role in our very fragile ecosystem.