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Fall Lawn & Landscape Checklist

Like it or not, summer is a blip on our seasonal schedule and before we know it fall is in full force once again. Leaves are changing, days are shortening, and nights have a bit more chill. Now is a great time to overseed your lawn, tidy up the landscape in preparation for the winter,…

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7 Reasons to Plant in the Fall

Fall Garden

The kids are back in school and the long dog days of summer have ended – you might think the gardening season has also come to a close. You’ll be surprised to discover that things aren’t slowing down here at Alsip Home & Nursery. Just as the summer season begins to change into crisper weather,…

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Herb Gardening

Fresh herbs are a valuable commodity in any chef’s kitchen! And they can be expensive if not homegrown. That’s why home herb gardening is growing in popularity, as the demand for fresh ingredients and bold flavors has skyrocketed the past few years! Although we carry a selection of herb plants year-round, our best variety is…

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Seed Starting & Indoor Growing

WHAT? • WHERE? • WHEN? • HOW? Does this sound how you feel about seed starting? It doesn’t have to be by following a few easy guidelines to make you feel brave enough to try it on your own! Shop Indoor Growing supplies online! >>> Need for Seeds Alsip Nursery offers a wide variety of seeds and accessories…

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Create An Indoor Environment

Here is the recipe to fully planting your indoor environment: One 8” or 10” (container size) Plant per 100 square feet One Small 4” or 6” (container size) plant in your personal breathing zone (6-8 cubic feet), for example, on your desk or night stand 15-20 plants for 1500 sq. feet To successfully grow house…

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Wild Bird Habitat Maintenance

Bird feeder maintenance

Shop Bird Seed and Feeders online! >>> Here is some information prepared by the National Audubon Science – Audubon At Home staff. Feeder/Birdbath Maintenance Cleaning birdfeeders and birdbaths is a crucial practice in preventing the spread of disease between birds. Recently, scientists noted that the spread of Trichomonad protozoan parasites, which cause a disease termed…

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How to Plant Roses

planting roses in the garden

  Step 1:  After you’ve shopped Alsip Home & Nursery’s huge selection of roses, including the KnockOut series, you’ll want to dig the almighty hole- 20″ deep. Remove big chunks of clay and save 1/3 chopped.   Step 2:  Start to fill the hole with soil recipe: 1/3 Cotton Burr Compost 1/3 Alsip Premium Potting…

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Simplified Seed Starting

When questioned about seed starting, you may ask; “Why on earth would I start my  garden from seed myself?!” and  “Shouldn’t I just get starter plants in the spring and summer like everyone else?” or “Well that just sounds like way too much work. Who has time for that?!” These are all great questions, and some of you…

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Top Reasons to Foster a Rescued Animal

We Want YOU to Foster a Rescue! ATTR, Alsip to the Rescue is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! While we are still partnering with them and their biggest supporter, they are now a separate entity, operating independantly of our stores. To date ATTR has saved the lives of over 1800 dogs and cats! Fostering is…

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Top 5 Decorated Christmas Trees

This Year’s Top Trends in Tree Decoration This year there are a lot of great trends in holiday home decor. Here at Alsip Home & Nursery, we strive to be your go-to for the latest in trendy decor and as always, bring you the Best of Every Season! We have a great selection of ornaments,…

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Protect your Winter Landscape with Wilt Stop

The use of Wilt Stop by Bonide will greatly benefit many plants in your landscape throughout the harsh winter months. The all organic product is derived from pine sap and is available in a ready to use spray and concentrate.  It is simple and easy to use for all homeowners. Apply Wilt-stop in the fall…

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“Lasagna Pot” Bulb Planter

What’s Your Favorite Spring Flowering Bulb?  Now’s the time to start thinking spring… in the fall! Create a fantastic planter with all of your spring flower favorites by following our simple “Lasagna Pot” Spring Container Recipe: 1 – 24″ Container 1 – Bag Alsip Premium Potting Soil 1 – Bag Tulips 1 – Bag Daffodils 1…

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Fall Fairy Gardens

Gardener’s Are Getting Extra Creative With Fairy Sized Landscapes What Is Miniature / Fairy Gardening? You may have noticed miniature gardens set up around our stores, online, or in a neighbor’s yard. Miniature gardening has recently become the largest trend, partially because it’s a way for gardeners to enjoy their hobby on a small scale.…

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Rescue Families: Hannah

So many people have asked us what they can do to help with our rescue cause, which has since inspired us to create Alsip to the Rescue! Adoption Center T-shirts. They are now on sale in-store and online for a $16.99 donation. All of the profits go towards the health and rehabilitation of deserving dogs and…

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Help the Monarchs Migration

Migratory Monarchs Monarch Butterflies take part in a natural phenomenon each year in which they travel from Canada to Mexico and back.  The number of migrating monarchs has dwindled in recent years due to a widespread drop in numbers of a plant known as milkweed, that the larvae of the monarch butterfly relies on for the…

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Rain Rain Go Away!

I just spent last week in severely drought affected California.  While I was there, I visited 15 different large scale garden centers to get ideas to bring our customers in the Midwest better service and so forth.  While I was gone, it rained back home nearly 7 inches.  The storms last night (6/30/14), helped cap…

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Rescue Families: Nevaeh

“Nevaeh” Saturday May 17, 2014, Alsip Home and Nursery was filled with carts filled with plants and pet supplies.  What I thought to be a regular day in the Pet Department was about to change in a matter of a second. With the turn of a door handle it became the most beautiful heartfelt moment one could…

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Best of the Region 2014

Alsip Home & Nursery Voted Best in the Region’s Garden Center for 2014! Once again Alsip Home & Nursery has been voted by the community as the top garden center in both Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland areas. Both locations house everything a gardener can dream for when planning and working on their landscape. From locally…

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Healthy Trees

We all love trees for their magnificent beauty and with so many incredible varieties – everyone seems to have their favorite. Besides their stunning appeal to your garden, trees provide us with so many benefits to our health, our home, and our community. Here’s What Healthy Trees Mean to You Healthy People Tree filled neighborhoods…

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Next Level Pet Rescue

Two of Alsip pet department employees took “Alsip to the Rescue “ to a whole new level. This past week our rescued Lab Mix “Mama” found an awesome new family. For the first time she actually played with another dog, walked outside without cowering, and she even stayed out of her security crate for an…

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Landscaping: Where to Plant?

Different plants means different areas. Not all plants can tolerate the same elements as others when it comes to nature. There are many plants that can tolerate wet sites, sunny sites, dry sites or shady ones and others that would never survive in the same areas. This will point out several plants for those hard…

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Attract Bats

Most people cringe at the thought of a bat in the house, however many families across the country are discovering the benefits of sharing their yard with bats. People now understand that myths, such as bats getting tangled in your hair, are just myths and these are very beneficial mammals. Across the world, bats contribute…

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Attract Birds

yellow finch on thistle feeder

Seed Offer several different types of food. In winter, for example, black oil sunflower seed, a wild bird mix, Nyjer thistle seed, and suet are the four basic food types that should be offered. We at Alsip Home & Nursery have been offering our own private labeled brand of Wild Bird Feed for over 25…

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Attract & Repel Deer

We all enjoy the sight of deer feeding out in a field, but the ability for deer to adapt to human development and their tendencies to eat landscape plants and flowers they are considered to many people a pest. With designated hunting seasons, they are now protected, to a degree, by the government and for…

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How To Attract Hummingbirds

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) are the most widely ranging of the world’s 338 species of hummingbirds, all of which nest ONLY in the Western Hemisphere. Spring migration patterns bring them to the Chicagoland area around late April to early May. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is often found in the ecotome, or edge between woodland and meadow.…

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Attract Butterflies

A garden that attracts butterflies all year long is full of surprises because it is constantly changing. With a little bit of planning you can make your landscape irresistible to these flying flowers while creating a colorful environment that is pleasing to your family as well. Planning Suggestions Use of Insecticides, Pesticides & Herbicides It…

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Ponds: Commonly Asked Questions

Pond with lillies

Our Green Team Experts are here to answer all of your pond questions in regards to suplies, fish, plants & more! Why do I have green water? The answers to this question could be a number of things. Is this a new pond that was just put in? In some cases a pond that has…

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Mulch: How Much is Too Much?

We often see mulch piled eight inches or more up the trunk of trees. A hot, steamy and moist environment is created for the cambium layer of the tree to support a new life system of molds and assorted fungi. Bio diversity is assured. In cold weather the mulch is an excellent home for small…

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When to Prune Trees & Shrubs

Why To Prune Before pruning of landscape plants happen think about why it is being pruned, what is the goal? Pruning should be done to remove any dead, broken, injured, diseased, or insect infested branches. Pruning should also be done to prune out undesirable branches such as crossovers, suckers, sprouts, or those branches that are…

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Zygocactus

Christmas Cactus also known as Zygocactus is another popular plant around the holidays. The bright colors are eye catching in red, orange, pink and white. Lots of bright light and careful on the watering will give these plants a long bloom time. When in bloom allowing the plants to slightly dry between watering is beneficial…

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