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Grassless Gardening: How to Make the Most of Your Landscape

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01The Basics of Grassless Landscaping02Grassless Yard Ideas: Low-Maintenance Grass Alternatives03Grassless Backyard Design Ideas Grassless gardening is a new landscaping movement that has been picking up speed lately, for a variety of reasons. There’s a seemingly endless list of grass alternatives for your lawn that are creative, functional, eco-friendly, and beautiful. With all the time you…

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Master the Art of Irrigation & Drought-Tolerant Plants

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01Irrigation Techniques and Tips02Automatic Irrigation Systems03Gardening and Irrigation with Drought-Tolerant Plants04The Best Drought-Tolerant Plants If getting out in the garden daily and watering plants by hand doesn’t exactly jive with your schedule, there’s a solution that won’t use up all your spare time: gardening with irrigation systems and drought-tolerant plants. By installing an automatic irrigation…

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Your Guide to Ornamental Grasses

01Ornamental Grasses: Planting and Care Guide02Ornamental Grasses and Landscape Design03Native Ornamental Grasses04Exotic Ornamental Grasses for the Landscape Ornamental grasses can add so much visual interest to a landscape, without being too showy and competing with your flowers. We particularly love tall grasses that flutter in the wind, adding some movement and a little drama to…

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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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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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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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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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How to Plant Roses

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  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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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 & 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

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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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Fresh Sod

Alsip Nursery carries a blend of Kentucky Blue Grass sold in 9 and 10 square foot rolls. To figure how many rolls of sod you need, simply measure the length and width you wish to cover, multiply, then divide that number by 9 or 10 to give you the total number of rolls needed. Tips…

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Rake leaves and remove as much debris as possible before the snow falls to prevent damage to your grass. Mowing your grass shorter and raking excess clippings as the lawn is going dormant will help reduce the risk of snow mold in the spring. Snow mold fungus is under the snow cover, and you probably…

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Add 1 to 2 inches of good quality compost to your planting beds this spring. This will help break up heavy clay soils as well as adding fertility and beneficial nutrients to new or existing beds. Get a head start on summer bulbs now. Bulbs such as cannas, begonias, caladium, and dahlias can be potted…

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