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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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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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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When Mother Nature decides the area can go a while without any rainfall, but still deal with high temperatures, it can lead to serious complications with your outdoor plants. A drought or dry spell means your plants are going without the most necessary resource they need to survive. If they don’t get enough water, then…

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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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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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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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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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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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