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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Picking the Perfect Houseplant

Why are Houseplants Beneficial? Provide more oxygen for the home or office. Increasing humidity. This is good during the winter months when the air in the home is very dry. Reduce levels of some pollutants, such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide. They can even filter tiny fecal matter particles out of the…

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How Dirty is Your Dog??

Enter Our Dirty Dog Contest Below! As we enter a season of snow and cold (or rain on warmer days), our dogs still have to go outdoors for their business. The problem then comes when they return inside and bring in more of the outside than you ever wanted in your home! Whether they’ve gone…

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2017 Christmas Theme Trees

Every year, and actually all year, not just the Christmas season, our team of expert designers spend countless hours on our famous themed Christmas trees! Starting with the selection of products and colors to best match the theme ideas, and then eventually building, designing, and decorating the trees. These trees and collections are our pride…

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Christmas Lights for Beginners

Christmas Lights for Beginners Christmas Lighting 101 Have a Plan What and where do you want to decorate with lights? Roof, peaks, railings , pillars, trees, shrubs. Know Your Measurements Figure out the height and width of each area you want to hang lights. For trees and shrubs best guess on height that you want…

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5 Reasons to Have Plants in the House

Now that cold temperatures are here, you can feed your inner gardener by getting beautiful indoor plants to accent your home. Houseplants of many shapes, sizes, colors and textures can satisfy that instinctual craving to be around live plants. Not only is keeping  houseplants a fun recreational activity, it also promotes a healthier lifestyle in…

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In the Landscape: Fall is Finally Here, What Now?

After a cooler than usual August in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, we just endured several record days of heat for September and it was also one of the driest Septembers on record.  Now we’ve cooled off a little (finally!) to more “normal” temperatures for this time of year. What does this mean for your lawn…

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4 Ways to Avoid Raking Leaves

Falling autumn tree leaves in the air

If you’re like the majority of homeowners, as soon as leaves start to change color, all you can think about is the daunting, mundane, difficult task of raking up all those [beautiful] leaves and hauling them to the curb for disposal. (If only they would just stay on the trees, where we can enjoy them!!)…

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Fall is Perfect for Planting

Cooler fall weather is soon approaching, meaning this is a prime opportunity to evaluate your garden. You may discover spots that need filling, replaced or improved. Perhaps there are even some areas you weren’t ready to tackle in the hot days of summer, well here’s your chance. 7 Reasons to Plant in the Fall Cooler…

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