Posts by Hannah Harris

Weed Control

01Preventative Methods of Weed Control02Solutions for Lawn Weed Control Many of us love gardening because of the meditative quality is has— toiling around in the sunshine and fresh air is a total breeze. But, there’s still that one part of gardening that isn’t always met with cheers of enthusiasm: weeding. Crawling around the yard and…

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Summer Lawn Problem Prevention

01Weeds: The Most Common Summer Lawn Problems02Lawn Problems from Overwatering03Lawn Problems from Underwatering04Lawn Care When Pests Invade05Canine Lawn Damage06Summer Lawn Diseases A well-manicured lawn completes the overall look of your landscape. No matter how gorgeous your garden is, if it’s surrounded by a patchy, uneven bed of grass, it really spoils the scenery. Lawns see…

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Planting Perennials

01When to Plant Perennials in the Midwest02How to Prepare Soil for Perennials03Planting Perennials 04Caring for Perennials Lovely and reliable perennials account for some of our all-time favorite plants. Partly because there’s such a wide variety of them — from trees to shrubs to flowers — and partly because they’re so darn dependable. Unlike other plants…

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Father’s Day Cookout Guide: Recipes and How to Properly Clean your Grates

01How to Clean your Grill Grates02Best Barbeque Recipes03Homemade BBQ Sauce04Barbeque Chicken Kebabs05Homemade Barbeque Burgers06Honey and Ginger Grilled Salmon07Grilled Vegetables The warm summer sun is on the horizon, and you know what that means — backyard barbeque season is here! And what better way to kick off the summer than during a celebration of our favorite…

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Fight the Bite: How to Repel Mosquitoes

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01Stagnant Water02Plants that Repel Mosquitoes03Citronella Candles04Mosquito Repellent Products05Mosquito Bites and Disease With summer upon us, we’ll soon be spending a lot more of our free time enjoying the great outdoors. Whether it’s barbequing with a beer in hand, enjoying evenings on the patio, swimming at the lake, or hiking our favorite trails, we want to…

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Attracting Hummingbirds

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01The Best Hummingbird Plants02Find a Red Hummingbird Feeder 03Attracting Hummingbirds with Clear Nectar Enjoying an afternoon on the patio watching colorful hummingbirds whiz past sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it? There’s something oddly entertaining and awe-inspiring about these tiny little birds that flit around so quickly, with their wings flapping faster than our eyes can see.…

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Protect Your New Plantings from Deer, Rabbits and Pest Damage

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01Prevent Deer from Eating Plants02Protect Plants from Rabbits and Other Rodents03Invasive Insects: Repel Pests Naturally04Insect Repellents Available Here at Alsip We’re all eager with anticipation this time of year as we begin to plant our new seedlings into the ground, but nothing puts a damper on your gardening groove quite like pest damage. Our gardens…

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Pool Opening Tips

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01Pool Opening Chemicals and Other Necessary Supplies02Beginning Pool Maintenance Is there anything more blissful than a lazy afternoon around the pool, sipping drinks and soaking up the sun? Sounds pretty spectacular. Of course, a little effort is required to get your pool up and running at the start of the season, so don’t dive in…

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Hanging Basket Care

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01Watering Basket Plants02Fertilizing with Jack’s Classic Petunia FeED03Maintaining Plants in Hanging Baskets04Best Flowering Annuals for Hanging Baskets Nothing brightens up the patio like a collection of hanging basket full of vibrant annual blossoms and cascading foliage. They’re perfect for trying out exotic new varieties of flowers and playing around with different color schemes. While the…

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Container Garden Trends and New Annual Varieties

01Edible Container Gardening02Succulents03Color of the Year04Top Trending Annuals of 2019 Edible Container Gardening While edible gardens aren’t exactly new per se, the methods we use have changed a lot over time. Now we’re seeing way more people growing edibles in containers instead of in a garden bed! It’s a great option if you don’t have…

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The Benefit of Trees for Your Home’s Value

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01The Value of Trees in Home Landscaping02Best Trees for Front Yard Privacy03Best Trees for Backyard Shade Trees of all sizes and colors are welcome additions to any neighborhood. Their natural beauty is unquestionable, and their profound impact on the environment makes them a good investment for our future, by filtering out toxins and churning out…

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Easter Recipes

01Get the Party Started with These Easter Appetizer Recipes 02The Main Event: Easter Ham Recipes 03You’ll Go Back for Seconds with These Easter Side Dish Recipes 04Sweet Easter Dessert Recipes Easter is fast approaching, and it’s time to start planning the family feast. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of…

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Tree Planting Guide

01When to Plant a Tree02How to Prepare the Ground for Tree Planting03Tips for Tree Planting Planting a new tree in your yard might sound like a bit of a chore, but it’s actually kind of exciting. Think about it: this little sapling could grow into a mighty tree that lives for over a century. Watching…

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The Meaning of Easter Lilies and Other Seasonal Plants

01The Importance of Easter Lilies Nothing beats the feeling of excited anticipation as we wait for fresh spring flowers to emerge. Beautiful blossoms in every color of the rainbow bring forth an air of positivity and rejuvenation, instantly adding a spring to your step. It seems this season is appropriately named! Gifting flowers to family…

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Spring Clean Up

01How to Spring Clean Your Yard02Spring Garden Clean Up03Extra Tips for Backyard Cleaning Spending a weekend cleaning and decluttering the home is a common ritual in spring. Something about tossing old junk and clearing out open space feels so rejuvenating. While we often get caught up in tidying the insides of our homes, we may…

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Benefits of Silk Florals and Tips for DIY Arrangements

01Why Use Silk Flowers for Your DIY Bouquet02DIY Silk Bouquets03Taking Care of Your Silk Floral Arrangements Nothing gets us swooning quite like a bright new floral bouquet. It brings so much warmth and energy into a room, especially now as we’re nearing the end of winter and impatiently waiting for spring to arrive. Of course,…

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Crabgrass Prevention

01All-Natural Crabgrass Prevention Tips02When to Apply Crabgrass Preventer 03How to Kill Crabgrass in Late Summer Crabgrass might look harmless, but don’t be fooled, this invasive plant species isn’t a welcome guest to your backyard barbecue. Crabgrass is an annual weed that spreads quickly and doesn’t need roots to grow, so it can end up in…

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Plan a Mardi Gras Inspired Vegetable Garden

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01Mardi Gras and Creole Cuisine 02Mardi Gras Vegetable Dishes 03Mardi Gras Vegetable Garden Ideas There’s no doubt that our favorite Creole cuisines are doubly delicious with the addition of garden-fresh vegetables from your own backyard. In the spirit of Mardi Gras we’ve compiled some vegetable garden ideas to help you serve the best jambalaya on…

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Outdoor Pruning

01What are the Benefits of Outdoor Care Pruning? 02Pruning Outdoor Plants 101 03Tips for Successful Shrub Pruning 04Pruning Outdoor Tomatoes 05How to Prune Herbs 06How & When to Prune Trees First-time plant pruners may be hesitant to cut away at their healthy plants, but trust us, it’s definitely advantageous. Frequent pruning helps our plants to thrive by cutting away the unnecessary stuff and letting the plant…

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Indoor Herb Gardening

01 How to Grow Herbs Inside Your House 02 Light and Your Indoor Kitchen Herb Garden 03 Humidity and Your Indoor Kitchen Herb Garden 04 Protect Your Indoor Herb Garden from Unwanted Pests 05 The Best Plants for Indoor Herb Gardens Nothing quite compares to the spectacular flavor and fragrance that an herb garden provides.…

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Seed Starting and Indoor Growing

Here in the Midwest, outdoor conditions aren’t always ideal for plants to thrive – particularly during those first few months of seeding and sprouting in late winter and early spring. All it takes is an unexpected frost or heavy winds for your garden to suffer and then it’s Game Over. Luckily, with the help of a few tools from our garden centre, you can eliminate the risks of growing outside and start growing your plants safely indoors. It’s easier than you think!

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Breathe Life Into Your Home With Our Top 10 Favorite Houseplants

Pothos are one of many houseplants that help freshen the air in your home.

Aside from the many beneficial roles they play – air purifier, oxygen producer, mood booster – houseplants add an element of style to your decor that can’t be mimicked by just anything else and they have a unique way of making a home feel – well, homier. There’s something about the delicate demeanor of a lacy leaf overarching from its container, or the way a tropical plant makes you feel like you’re on an island.
Houseplants provide a unique sense of joy to our surroundings that we just can’t get enough of. That being said, it can be overwhelming to select the perfect plant, or group of plants, for you and your home, and for those who don’t have much experience, it’s hard to know where to begin. To help you make the right choice for you, we’ve highlighted our top ten favorite houseplants to get you started!

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Attracting Wild Birds – Learn Everything you Need for Sanctuary, Suet, and Seed

Attract Winter Wild Birds

The best backyard company, aside from our friends and family, is an interesting array of native birds. They play the roles of backyard entertainers, decorators, and even pest control, making them the natural ally of the avid gardener! If we want to keep their company, it’s our responsibility to be good hosts and provide adequate food sources, water, and shelter to meet their needs.

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New Year New Landscape: Start Planning Your Dream Garden with the Help of Our Landscape Designers

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As the New Year approaches, we begin to think of all the fresh changes and new beginnings ahead. While there’s still plenty of snow on the ground and the summer sun is months away, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how we can make the most of our outdoor spaces. Perhaps this is the year to build that new patio you’ve been coveting, or to truly re-imagine your garden design. Whatever the scale of your project, our landscape designers have the expertise to make any dream a reality.

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Grilling a Christmas Ham & Tips for Winter Grilling

Tips for Grilling a Christmas Ham

From hanging Christmas lights to shoveling the walkway, we always have more to do than we have time for over the holiday season. If the season is truly about giving, we should give ourselves a break whenever we can! Christmas dinner, for example, has the potential to consume all of our time and energy, leaving us too exhausted or distracted to enjoy our guests’ company. The perfect solution? A grilled Christmas ham! This crowd-pleasing holiday meat comes pre-loaded with succulent flavor and nearly ready to serve. All that’s left to do is add some heat – and any excuse to use the grill is good enough for us!

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Easy Holiday Recipes to Impress Your Guests

When the holiday season finally rolls around, we find ourselves surrounded by our closest friends, family, loved ones, and, of course, food. From the hors-d’oeuvres being passed around at parties to the cornucopia of delicious dishes filling our Christmas Day dinner tables, there are dozens of opportunities to bring the best from our kitchens. Put your best foot (or, rather, food) forward with these seriously simple recipes that everyone will love!

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Guide to Holiday Gift Plants

At the heart of it, the holidays are about gathering together, and if we’re doing it right, our front doors should be getting a lot of mileage around this time of year. Since many of our season’s greetings happen at our doorways, we want our front porch to make a welcoming impression. We can do that by creating “porch-pot” arrangements with winter greenery.

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Real vs Lifelike Christmas Trees

As much as we love the holiday season, it’s a time filled with competing priorities. We want to have a home filled with jolly decor and inviting aromas, but we’re also busy balancing our time between the trays of Christmas baking and to-do lists that are as jammed as an Imperial cookie! So when it comes to Christmas trees, we’re left with a choice: would we rather save some extra time by cutting out the tree maintenance, or are we dedicated to the tradition of a live tree?

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Creating Evergreen "Porch-Pot" Arrangements

At the heart of it, the holidays are about gathering together, and if we’re doing it right, our front doors should be getting a lot of mileage around this time of year. Since many of our season’s greetings happen at our doorways, we want our front porch to make a welcoming impression. We can do that by creating “porch-pot” arrangements with winter greenery.

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