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Let Hydrangeas Be Your Garden Showpiece

hydrangea flowering bush

A flowering Hydrangea is an eye catcher by itself. When you have an entire shrub blooming, it is a sight to behold with its gorgeous hues of blue, lavender, pink, red and white. They bloom during the late spring and summer and even into the fall, but they can be temperamental. If you want to…

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Lawn Care Tips For Illinois Homes

getting your lawn ready for the spring

Clean up Winter’s Debris One of the most important aspects of spring and summer lawn care is removing everything Mother Nature poured down on your lawn during the winter.  You can have layers of old leaves that are wet and smothering your lawn. It’s also the perfect time to aerate and spike your lawn. Grass…

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Spring Preparation

We survived the Snowpocalypse and the sub-sub-subzero temperatures for another year. When the temperatures rise and the grass starts to green, it’s time to think about spring planting. If you want your garden and flower beds looking lush and colorful this season, then it’s time to prepare. Order Your Plants Now Just because there might…

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Color Your World With Roses

What do each color of roses mean

It’s that time of year again when love is in the air and Cupid readies his arrows for Valentine’s Day. Roses are a popular gift, but don’t just grab the first ones on the shelf. There are many types of roses and each color has a special meaning. If you want to go the extra…

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Protecting New Trees from Frost & Animals

Winter is hard on new trees and many have died because of harsh conditions the season brings. Even trees planted for a few years can succumb to the many problems winter’s savage temperatures. There are ways to protect trees and keep them healthy until the renewing rains of spring replenish them. One of the most…

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Caring for a Live Christmas Tree

Live Christmas Tree Care

Every year, thousands of Christmas trees are discarded at the end of the season and sent to landfills. Live Christmas trees are purchased live and stay alive throughout Christmas. When you’re finished, the trees are replanted to grow into the tree they were meant to be. The use of living Christmas trees has been on…

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Putting Your Perennial Garden To Bed For Winter

Winter is coming. Before the snow covers the ground and it hardens into concrete, prepare your perennial garden for winter and put the plants to bed. With a little help from you, they’ll be ready to sprout up again in the spring. Start With Cutting and Pruning Your perennials come back up come spring, but…

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What To Do With Your Pumpkin Post-Halloween

jack-o-lantern pumpkin after Halloween

Stores and orchards are filled with every type and size of pumpkin and only a small fraction make it into a pie. The rest are placed inside and outside the home for spooky decorations, but what happens once the holiday is over and you have 10 pumpkins sitting in your front yard. Don’t just toss…

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Falls Is The Best Time To Plant Trees

planting trees in the fall

When spring hits, nurseries have a large selection of trees and flowers. It’s natural to think that this is the perfect time to plant trees, but actual conditions are better in fall. It may seem counterintuitive since the sun is shining, the leaves are green and growth is everywhere, but you might want to wait.…

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How to Winterize Hardy Mums

There are few flowers more popular in the fall than mums, but their difficulty living through winter have many gardeners treating them as annuals instead of perennials. Temperatures in Illinois can dip far below freezing, but that doesn’t mean your mums can’t survive Mother Nature’s onslaught unscathed. Winterizing mums can guarantee they’ll be ready to…

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