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Fall is for planting!

Fall is for planting!

Can I plant trees and shrubs in the fall in Chicago? Yes! Fall is a great time to plant in the Chicagoland area. The cooler temperatures of September and October produce better planting conditions because there is less heat which can cause stress in plants installed...
Magnolia Scale

Magnolia Scale

What is happening to my Magnolia? Magnolia Scale! Are you starting to notice white spots all over your Magnolia? Are you starting to notice a sticky substance all over the plant and at the base of the plant? You are not alone; it is called magnolia scale and it is...
When to Plant Mums in the Chicagoland Area

When to Plant Mums in the Chicagoland Area

When should I plant my mums? The best time to plant your mums is August or early September. If you can get your mums in the ground before they start blooming you will double the bloom time. The plant will get a more robust root system which helps elongate the bloom...
When should I water?

When should I water?

TO WATER OR NOT TO WATER? You have just installed your new plants and proper watering is now most critical to their success. Q: How do I know when to water? A: The simple answer is when Mother Nature doesn’t provide rain and /or when the ground is dry. The best way to...
Boxwood Damage

Boxwood Damage

Are you wondering why your boxwoods are looking brown and damaged after this past winter even though they have done well for several years? Do not fret, you are not alone! This past winter in Chicago when the weather got around -50 with wind chill really hurt a lot of...
Seed or SOD

Seed or SOD

As spring brings its yearly green up, many homeowners begin to evaluate their lawn.  If your lawn could use some TLC, you can spruce it up with grass seed or sod. Sod is a strip of fully grown grass and soil.  In the Chicago Suburbs, the grass is usually a blend of...