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Holiday Christmas Tree: To LED… Or To Not LED…

By: Lisa Briggs | November 7th, 2019 Even though we’ve had some very early snow, there will be a few nice November days that are perfect for getting a jump on outdoor holiday by hanging your Christmas lights. There’s no rule that says they need to be lit right away...

Early Winter Garden Prep Tips You Should Know

By: Lisa Briggs | November 7th, 2019 Wow. Only November 7th and it has snowed three times already. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting above-average snowfall for the lower Great Lakes region, so the past week is a portent of weather to come. The snow will make it...

Your Fall Gardening Checklist As Winter Nears

By: Lisa Briggs | October 24th, 2019 At long last. It’s time to take a deep breath because the physical work and often frenetic pace of the growing season is over. Not having a million things to accomplish in the garden may make some folks bereft, but many others so...

Forcing Spring Bulbs Into Winter Bloom

By: Lisa Briggs | October 24th, 2019 Forcing spring bulbs into winter bloom was the rage in the 1800s. Hyacinths were especially popular. But there are others to try, too. We love vases of paperwhites and pots of amaryllis. And with a little prep time, you can have...

Putting Your Vegetable Garden to Bed for Winter

By: Lisa Briggs | October 10th, 2019 October can be such a confusing time for new gardeners. Though the sun certainly isn’t quite as warm, the golden color of autumn light can fool us into thinking that it is still late summer.  Fall is the time of year for two of our...

Things to Know When Winterizing Your Pond at Home

By: Lisa Briggs | October 9th, 2019 The night temperatures are starting to cool and leaves have started to color. And though the last few days felt like summer, wind chills in the upper 20's are predicted for tonight. It’s time to get your ponds and water features...

Fall Houseplant Care Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | September 26th, 2019 October is such a transitional time, especially for gardeners.  Our borders and beds teeter on the edge of a climatic cliff. Colors change as deep green foliage morphs into mellow butter yellow or fiery scarlet. Forms change as...

Outdoor Furniture Care Tips from the Experts!

By: Lisa Briggs | September 26th, 2019 Outdoor living is so popular now that everyone has a piece of furniture or two that would benefit from some extra attention. Even furniture that is weather-resistant, or spends the winter under a patio cover of some sort needs...

All The Wonderful Colors of an Autumn Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | September 12th, 2019 As summer wanes and autumn approaches, birds congregate in the trees and on overhead wires. The air is sweetly scented with ripening fruit. The light changes, becoming more golden. Everything seems ready to burst. Not in the...

We’ve Got Your Fall Gardening Checklist Right Here!

By: Lisa Briggs | September 11th, 2019 For many gardeners, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn lawn care season. Cooler temperatures and more regular rainfall make this an excellent time to start a new lawn or repair an existing one. The...
Fall Gardening Has Arrived! Here’s What You Need To Know…

Fall Gardening Has Arrived! Here’s What You Need To Know…

What a difference a year makes! Under 3-inches of rain. No floods. Just 2 days with temps warmer than 85 degrees. August 2019 was a much quieter month weather-wise than August of 2018. And since the Autumnal Equinox is 25 days away, it’s time to turn our gardening thoughts to winter preparedness.

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Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

Seesawing temperatures are the usual clue that we’re nearing the end of summer. But long-range weather forecasters predict that temperatures will hover in the very pleasant upper 70s and low 80s for the next 30 days, giving us lots of time to plant some fall veg and late-blooming annuals. So pretend for a moment that you’re just like the kids heading off to school. Think of your garden like a new box of crayons and add some color!

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The Hydrangea ABC’s

The Hydrangea ABC’s

As the days shorten, it’s time to look at what late summer has to offer our gardens. And our number, go-to shrub for a fabulous display is that summertime staple, the hydrangea. Luckily, there is a variety for every garden, whether your garden is full sun or full shade and your boat is floated by the big, blowsy mop-heads or the more delicate lace-caps.

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Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

The Dog Days began later than usual and don’t end until August 20th, so there’s still plenty of summer weather to come. Cicadas and crickets have been singing us to sleep, but nights, though still warm, are noticeably longer. And sadly, summer days shorten. The season never seems long enough, but it’s time for gardeners everywhere to reap what they have sown.

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The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

The hot, dry weather that is typical of late July and early August can be hard on your garden plants. Many look a little bedraggled, and your borders might seem a bit boring after the stunning color of May and June. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are plenty of beautiful, colorful plants that are at their peak in mid to late summer.

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‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

You can give your garden borders and containers a quick update by replacing those tired looking Impatiens and Geraniums with plants that will thrive in the cooler temperatures to come. Brown Eyed Susans, annual Grasses and Amaranths can do double duty.  

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Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

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Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

When you’re at the Garden Center choosing summer-flowering perennials and annuals for your yard, there are probably many factors that affect your decision. The size of the plants at maturity. The color and time of bloom. Perhaps whether or not the plants will re-flower. These are all qualities that we take into consideration. But let’s throw one more factor into the mix. Do the flowers that you plant attract birds?

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