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Fight the Bite: How to Repel Mosquitoes

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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

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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

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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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Attracting Wild Birds – Learn Everything You Need for Sanctuary, Suet, and Seed

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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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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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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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Wild Bird Habitat Maintenance

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Shop Bird Seed and Feeders online! >>> Here is some information prepared by the National Audubon Science – Audubon At Home staff. Feeder/Birdbath Maintenance Cleaning birdfeeders and birdbaths is a crucial practice in preventing the spread of disease between birds. Recently, scientists noted that the spread of Trichomonad protozoan parasites, which cause a disease termed…

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Attract Bats

Most people cringe at the thought of a bat in the house, however many families across the country are discovering the benefits of sharing their yard with bats. People now understand that myths, such as bats getting tangled in your hair, are just myths and these are very beneficial mammals. Across the world, bats contribute…

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Attract Birds

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Seed Offer several different types of food. In winter, for example, black oil sunflower seed, a wild bird mix, Nyjer thistle seed, and suet are the four basic food types that should be offered. We at Alsip Home & Nursery have been offering our own private labeled brand of Wild Bird Feed for over 25…

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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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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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January

Prevent dehydration of the following plants with an application of Wilt-Stop / Wilt-Proof. This application should be done when temperature is just above freezing. Boxwood Holly Yews Arborvitae Hydrangea  Japanese Maples It’s important to ensure perennials, roses, and hydrangeas have a good layer of mulch over their root systems to prevent freeze burn. How to…

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