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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Protect your Winter Landscape with Wilt Stop

The use of Wilt Stop by Bonide will greatly benefit many plants in your landscape throughout the harsh winter months. The all organic product is derived from pine sap and is available in a ready to use spray and concentrate.  It is simple and easy to use for all homeowners. Apply Wilt-stop in the fall…

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Healthy Trees

We all love trees for their magnificent beauty and with so many incredible varieties – everyone seems to have their favorite. Besides their stunning appeal to your garden, trees provide us with so many benefits to our health, our home, and our community. Here’s What Healthy Trees Mean to You Healthy People Tree filled neighborhoods…

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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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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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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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October

As most plant material is going dormant there are a few tips for gardeners that will benefit them for the winter and help them flourish in the Spring. 1.  Apply an additional layer of mulch to perennials, roses, hydrangea, and clematis.  This will help insulate the root systems and keep them from freeze burning over…

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