Knowledge and resources about plants and planting are so vast they can be overwhelming. The best approach is to take advantage of information based on your areas of interest and then seek the guidance of a plant professional. Your local nursery or garden center has inspired people ready to offer advice.


How to fix water traps in your landscape

It’s spring in the Chicagoland area and that means one thing. It’s raining season! As water comes down, you may be noticing an excessive collection of rain water in certain areas of your property. We call these water traps and they are common landscaping issues that many homeowners are looking to find a solution.


5 Best Tree Types for Privacy & Screening

When you plant privacy trees what you’re doing is planting an extension of your home, if you will. So don’t hesitate to sit down and take a few minutes to draw up a design, one that you know you will love and enjoy for many years to come.


10 Things to know about your Garden Soil

Soil is the foundation and is key to the success of your garden. You can achieve strong results in a wide range of garden soil, although some soils are easier than others. The first important step is understanding the type of soil you have.


How Does Your Garden Grow?

Most of us probably remember this popular nursery rhyme; Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?  While we aren’t likely to be growing silver bells, cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row, we are interested in how our gardens grow.  Gardening tends to be a skill that is learned best by doing. 


Five Flowering Trees to Plant instead of Bradford Pear

One of the surest signs that spring has arrived each year is the blooming of the Bradford pear trees. Widely planted as a street tree, in the parking lots of malls and offices, and in home landscapes, they’re impossible to miss: oval-canopied trees with a mantle of white flowers so thick that it almost resembles snow.


Shade Garden Sanctuary

Sometimes, temperatures in August make it to hot to think, yet work in the garden. That’s when you move to the shade. You can create a little sanctuary for yourself (and a few lucky friends) with the addition of shade-loving plants, a water source such as a gurgling fountain and a colorful patio umbrella if you don’t have mature trees nearby.


Why Is Milkweed So Important?

Monarchs and milkweed. They go together like a horse and carriage! Every gardener knows this now because of the recent public media campaign to save the Monarch butterflies from extinction. 

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