Flea and Tick Treatments

Dog in flower field scratching his ear.

The days are just barely getting longer and the weather a little warmer- SPRING IS ON ITS WAY! As we begin to daydream about spending more time outside, it’s important to remember that we aren’t the only ones who enjoy the spring weather. Insect populations – including FLEAS and TICKS – begin to flourish, which…

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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

chicken jambalaya

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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Pet Boredom Busters

It is nearing the end of winter in Chicagoland, which means everyone is getting a little bored and stir crazy being cooped up inside- including our pets. You might have noticed that Fido has been a little more destructive lately or getting into things that normally go untouched. Or maybe Fluffy has been clawing up…

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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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Creating a Desktop Terrarium

01Top 5 Plants for Terrariums 02 Creating a Terrarium 03 Terrarium Care Sometimes a little desk decor can spruce up our workspace enough that we dread heading to the office just a little less. The same can be applied to our homes – a couple of lovely accents can turn a room we like into a place we love instead of a…

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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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Pet Treats with Benefits

How do you show your precious pooch “who’s a good dog?” With a tasty treat, of course! But what if those treats could do more than show your pup that you love them? Take a quick trip down the aisles of Alsip Home & Nursery and it’s easy to find treats that offer more than…

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Bonsai Tree Care

Find Bonsai Trees at Alsip Home & Nursery Bonsai is actually an art form and the pruning of the plant.  Many plants can be turned into a bonsai and grown indoors. We typically carry bonsai that are already pruned to look like the TYPICAL bonsai instead of starting out with a small planting and pruning…

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Valentine’s Day Gift Plant Guide

With Valentine’s Day just a heartbeat away, it’s time to think about how we’ll spoil our sweethearts this year! While a bouquet of flowers makes a thoughtful, traditional gift, why not treat your special someone to a live plant that can flourish all year? These popular Valentine’s Day plants are so perfect for the occasion, your significant other will fall in love at first sight.

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Superb Superbowl Recipes

Whether or not you’re a football fan, there’s an undeniable appeal to the Superbowl festivities – the camaraderie, the intriguing and oh-so-expensive advertisements, and of course, the food. From old standbys like fried chicken and mouth-watering meatballs, to exciting international fare, everyone looks forward to the Superbowl spread just as much as the game itself.…

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Pet Dental Health for Dogs

Dog giving owner kisses.

There is just something special about sweet puppy kisses that’s most people just can’t seem to get enough of. But what if your dog’s breath has taken a turn for the worst? Those sweet, sloppy kisses have turned into a lick of swamp breath. Sometimes a temporary change in breath odor can be related to…

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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

Ask about our Landscape Design to turn your dreams into reality!

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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Lasagna Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs

Ever wonder how to create weeks of beautiful blooming color using popular springtime favorites like Tulips, Crocus, and Hyacinth? Use the lasagna pot method to get the most bang out of spring blooming bulbs. Planting bulbs in containers offers a solution to gardeners who lack the space to create a full garden. Spring blooming bulbs can be grown…

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Itch & Allergy Relief for Pets

Dog in grass and scratching

Itch & Irritation Relief There are shampoos like Zymox or Clinical Care that can offer some topical relief. They contain hydro-cortisone and lidocaine to relieve itching, scratching and pain due to hot spots and irritated skin. If your pet opens the skin, this can lead to staff and fungal infections.  A product like Clinical Care…

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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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Protect Your Spruce and Pines from Harmful Pests

Pine Tree branch in the sun.

Strong and sturdy spruce trees and pines grow into towering staples of our home’s landscape. Non-surprisingly so, most homeowners wouldn’t think twice that anything could harm these robust beauties, who provide us year long color, privacy, and shade. But nature has teeny tricks up it’s sleeve in the form of pests capable of bringing down…

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Game On: New Recipes for Football Season

Creamy Corn and Salsa Dip

Game day means its time to gather with friends and family to cheer on the local team – be it Friday night lights, Saturday afternoon tailgates, or spending your whole Sunday on the couch razzing your fantasy team online. No matter how you celebrate football season, food is a quintessential component to the action. Alsip…

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Plant Bulbs in the Fall for Bursting Spring Blooms!

Plant mums and pansies over bulbs for fall color that transforms into bright spring blooms!

Fall weather is upon us and while changing autumn leaves and pumpkin spice lattes dance in our heads – now is an excellent time to consider planting bulbs now in order to have gorgeous blooms come spring. Planting Spring Blooming Bulbs is Simple & Rewarding! Bulbs make for simple and efficient planting for spring color,…

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Bamboo Care

Lucky Bamboo

How to Care for Lucky Bamboo Also Known As Dracaena Sanderiana At Alsip Nursery we offer a large variety of individual stalks as well as pre-made bamboo arrangements. Bamboo has become very popular over the last couple of years. You see stalks of Bamboo almost everywhere. Bamboo plants are great for offices, on desks, in businesses,…

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Air Plant Care

Air Plants – Tillandsia  Air Plants also go by the name of Tillandsia and require little care. During certain times in the season Tilliandsia features beautiful colorful leaves. Bright indirect light is best. Use distilled water to mist you plants. If located in kitchens or bathrooms, twice a week is recommended as the plant benefits from steam created in…

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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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Top Tips for Seed Starting

Before We Get Started, Get a Plan! What Type of Garden Do You Want? A vegetable garden requires full sun and plenty of water. A flower garden can be grown in sun or shade, depending on the plants you choose. No space, no worries! Container gardening allows you to grow veggies, fruit and flowers right…

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