The Manual

Fall Lawn & Landscape Checklist

Like it or not, summer is a blip on our seasonal schedule and before we know it fall is in full force once again. Leaves are changing, days are shortening, and nights have a bit more chill. Now is a great time to overseed your lawn, tidy up the landscape in preparation for the winter,…

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Mum’s The Word

Garden Mum

Mum’s the word – Chrysanthemum that is. Because it’s no secret at all where to find Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland Area’s biggest, most beautiful selection of garden mums. How It All Began World Famous Garden Mums We Do Things A Little Bit Differently Alsip Home & Nursery is the biggest and best Independently owned Garden…

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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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How to Care for Orchids

About Orchids Best Light Conditions for Orchids Best Orchid Pots Best Temperature & Humidity for Orchids How to Water Orchids How to Fertilize Orchids Orchids offer your home interiors a certain unmatched elegance hard to replicate with other houseplants. However some plant keepers shy away from owning these refined beauties in fear that they may…

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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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Fight the Bite: How to Repel Mosquitoes

citrosa geraniums

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

pink flowers hummingbirds

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

pest damage

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prune Perennials and Create Stunning Summer Bouquets

Pruning Perennials Now that it is OFFICIALLY summer, many early spring/early summer flowering perennials will be ready to be cut back. Most of these perennials can be cut back to about 10-12” above the ground and will bloom again after just a few weeks. Now the quickest method is to just hack the whole plant down to size and…

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Five Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

There’s so much to love about the summer season, the number one benefit of course being all the time we get to spend outdoors. After months of being cooped up during the winter we’re ready for gardening, hiking, grilling, swimming, and attending all of the great outdoor concerts and festivals. Of course when our summer…

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Top 5 Plants to Repel Summer Insects

Top 5 Plants to Repel Summer Insects Each summer, after the first few big rainfalls, our local garden centers are inundated with requests for plants that repel mosquitoes. Here are some plants that are rumored to repel these pesky buggers.   1.) Citronella Plant, AKA Scented Geranium These give off an oily fragrance that has…

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Keep Plants Hydrated in Summer Heat

Alsip Green Team Advice by David

What’s the Secret to Hydrated and Happy Plants in Summer Heat? Watering your flowering baskets, planters, flowerbeds, and even your lawn everyday is essential, especially now in the heat of summer. But what happens when life just gets too busy and you forget to water? Is there a way to avoid having to water as…

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