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New Plants & Products for Outdoor Living

By | March 7th, 2017|Back Yard, Easy-Care Plants, Fire Features, Landscape Accessories, Maintenance, New Plants, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Plants|

Here are some of the noteworthy plants and products for outdoor living that we discovered last month during iLandscape, our annual industry trade show. New Plants: Fiber Optics Buttonbush is a variety of the native shrub with showy globe-shaped flowers. Bears fruit and nectar that supports wildlife. Prefers wet locations. 5-6’ h. Full sun. Summer Ruffle Hibiscus is [...]

What Type of De-Icer Should You Use?

By | December 13th, 2016|Maintenance, Snow and Ice Removal, Winter, Winter Care|

Photo Credit: Caters News Agency. This is a re-post from February 2016. With lots of cold and snow on the way, and lots of de-icers on the market, here are some guidelines on choosing the right de-icer for your property.   During the winter months, a frequently asked question that we get is [...]

Controlling Grubs

By | June 7th, 2016|Garden Pests, General News, Lawn Care, Maintenance, Organic Pest Control, Plant Damage|

If you've noticed brown, dying patches in a sunny area of your lawn, or patches of lawn that appear to have been torn up,  it's possible you have a grub infestation. Grubs are insect larvae that feed on the roots of sunny, well-watered lawns during the spring and fall months. They do considerable damage to the root system [...]

What Type of De-Icer Should You Use?

By | February 3rd, 2016|Maintenance, Snow and Ice Removal, Winter, Winter Care|

The right de-icer, correctly applied, creates a safer surface to walk on and does not damage paving. Photo credit: www.househunting.ca During the winter months, a frequently asked question that we get is “What type of salt is okay to use on my walkway or driveway?”. This is not a question that we can [...]

Gear Up For Spring: Essentials and Tips

By | March 10th, 2015|Maintenance, Spring|

These gauntlet gloves are made by Duluth Trading Co. As plants emerge from dormancy in your garden this spring, timing is everything... so it's important to have the right tools and accessories for your garden. Here is our list of essentials, with tips to will help you work in the garden efficiently. Williams-Sonoma [...]

Save the Date: Sunday, March 9, 1-5 p.m.

By | February 25th, 2014|Green Living, Landscaping, Lawn Care, Maintenance, Organic Pest Control, Outdoor Living, Special Event, Things to Do, Water Management|

Going Green Matters is a free, family-friendly environmental fair where you can spend a Sunday afternoon learning about a greener lifestyle. This year, it will be held at the Woman's Club of Wilmette at 930 Greenleaf Avenue. We invite you to stop by our table to learn about environmentally responsible products and services for your garden. In anticipation of [...]

An Early Spring Must-Do: Mulch!

By | February 25th, 2014|Landscaping, Maintenance, Water Management|

Mulching in early spring allows for even coverage throughout the bed; emerging perennials come up easily through the mulch. Shredded hardwood bark mulch has a fine texture and a warm, natural look that is perfect for all gardens. One of the best ways to make your property look its best is to [...]

Three GardenTasks For Big Impact

By | April 12th, 2013|General News, Landscaping, Lawn Care, Maintenance|

Attending to your bed lines, lawn and old shrubs now will give your garden a great start to the growing season. Take a look out your window. How is your garden looking? If you feel like it’s lacking, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, here are three things that can be [...]

Budgeting For a Landscape Investment

By | February 18th, 2013|Landscaping, Maintenance, Your Money|

The recent Chicago Auto Show showcased a dazzling variety of cars in all kinds of price ranges. Some visitors may have been there looking for a new car, with a budget in mind, while others went to dream about the possibilities. Since spring is only a few weeks away (and you've found yourself reading our blog), you [...]

Preparing Your Garden for Winter

By | September 14th, 2012|Autumn, Maintenance, Winter Care|

Another summer's behind us, and autumn is the time to be preparing your garden for winter. Our winters can be long, dry and brutal. Here’s what you can do now and in the coming weeks to help your garden endure the cold and snowy months ahead. Lawns: If you fertilize only once a year, now is the [...]