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Benefits of Gardening

Garden Center at Ekana

Need a new hobby to start up? Tired of spending so much money on groceries? Want to grow something beautiful to be proud of? You should start a garden! There are so many benefits of gardening, from reducing stress and improving heart health, to saving on groceries and adding healthy home-grown ingredients to your meals.…

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Annuals or Perennials: A Gardner’s Tough Decision

With June being Perennial month, it’s a good time to decide if they the right plant for your garden or if you should choose annuals instead. Each group has their own strength and weaknesses that make them a good choice depending on the type of gardener you are. What’s the Difference between Perennial and Annuals?…

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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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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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Controlling The Insect Menace of Japanese Beetles

With summer comes the endless stream of insects trying to gobble up your garden and turn your plants into their evening meal. Japanese Beetles may look beautiful with their metallic-green shimmer and copper colored wings, but these monsters can make short work of your favorite plants. Learn the best way to control these insects and…

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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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The Proper Way To Plant A Tree…Anytime

Man happy to plant a tree

Spring and fall aren’t the only times you can plant a tree. Trees can be planted any time of the year as long as the ground isn’t frozen. They’re not like flowers or vegetables that have specific growing times, but trees do need to be planted properly if they’re going to grow tall and strong.…

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The Proper Way To Pull Weeds In the Summer

You’ve recently planted your garden and things are going well until you notice a few dastardly weeds poking through. You know if they go unchecked, they can choke out your plants, so it’s time to take off the kid gloves and prepare to knock out those weeds. Pulling weeds is a staple of gardening, but…

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Get Ready for Spring Now in 5 Steps

We blinked…and it’s already a new decade! It’s hard to believe that the time is going so quickly. While the Illinois weather has been a bit mild and confusing lately, it’s actually time to start thinking ahead to our Spring Plans! With that in mind, we put together a few steps for the Garden this…

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Make your Holidays Beautiful with Ekana

We are thrilled to be moving into the holiday season, one of our favorite times of the year. Plus, it is really starting to look like Christmas out here at the nursery. We have a number of great options for you to ring in the holidays at your home, or to gift to your friends…

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Fall Is The Perfect Time For Planting

Fall plants with strong roots.

As the temperature starts to drop in the evenings, summer slowly leads to fall. When temperatures drop, we stop thinking about our gardens and begin worrying about the winter freeze. Fall is actually the perfect time to begin planting, so stop thinking about winter and use fall to your best advantage. Colder temperatures make plants…

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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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