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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.
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Is there anything more entertaining than watching the aerobatic antics of hummingbirds? Whether they’re visiting for a sip of sugar water at the feeder, zooming through the garden (where you’ll often hear their whirring wings before you see them), or engaging in an aggressive chase with a rival, hummingbirds provide hours of enjoyment. (Who needs Netflix when you can watch your own nature show in the backyard?!)
Spring is here, and as the days grow longer and the soil warms, eager gardeners have spades and seedlings at the ready. Experienced gardeners are especially aware of seasonal cues, which inform their actions throughout the planting and growing seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In recent years, gardeners have become increasingly interested in maximizing the benefits their garden spaces can provide for pollinating insects.