Springtime

What are Cool Season Crops?

These crops are cooler than you think!             What is a cool season crop? Cool season varieties (often called “cole crops”) are best harvested in cooler temperatures of spring or fall (or winter for our mild climates gardeners). The temperature is important because heat can encourage bolting (prematurely flower), which…

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Clematis

Find clematis vines at Alsip Home & Nursery

Clematis are a light weight plant and can grown on most anything that you can give them a chance to grow on such as trellises, fences, up walls, and even through trees and some shrubs. Clematis prefer cool soil temperatures so planting them near a shrub or tree with a not so aggressive root structure…

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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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“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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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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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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May

When your lawn is healthy and properly maintained, you shouldn’t have enough weeds to require chemical treatment. If you have a persistent problem with crabgrass that you cannot control through cultural methods or spot treatment during the growing season, you can apply a crabgrass pre-emergent herbicide. This must be applied before the soil temperatures are…

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April

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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March

March is a good time to prune trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Without leaves; it is easy to see the framework of the plant. Complete pruning before buds break. Wounds from pruning heal faster during this time. Shrubs that bloom in the spring like lilacs, spirea and forsythias should not be pruned. Pruning…

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Groundcovers

Groundcovers can take on many shapes and forms, some everyday perennials can be classified as ground cover as they have a spreading nature. The most widely planted groundcover in today’s landscape is turfgrass. Turfgrass covers the soil in almost every conceivable place. Most of the time it succeeds in providing a suitable cover. Yet, sometimes…

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Seasonal & Holiday Plants

Alsip Home & Nursery carries beautiful everyday seasonal plants, Easter Lilies in the spring, a wide variety of colorful Mums in the fall and festive Poinsettias and Christmas cacti for the holidays and everything in between. Once the mum season slows down and the weather cools off we carry a large variety of blooming seasonal…

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Vegetable Gardening

Start off your vegetable garden with nutrient rich, well draining soil, as most problems with vegetables and herbs can be linked back to soil preparation and nutrient deficiencies. Begin planting early with Cole Crop vegetables from the cabbage family. These early season vegetables can be planted outside approximately five weeks before the danger of frost…

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