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Plant A Surprise!

Little gifts that keep on giving

Plant A Surprise!

Surprises come in all shapes and sizes. And that’s so true when it comes to our gardens! Recently, my clients decided to redo their gardens.  It was fun to see their different personalities come out during the plant selection process.  On a follow-up visit with the husband, I mentioned the idea of planting spring bulbs […]

Fall Favorites

What's in Your Container Garden?

Fall Favorites

Some of us spend time each September/October traveling across the Upper Midwest, chasing the fall color show.  How about we bring that fall color a little closer to home this year with easy-to-assemble container gardens? Our gardeners suggest putting a pansies-grasses-kale-chrysanthemums combination in your containers.  Keep in mind the mums will only be blooming about […]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Or What Didn't?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Now is the time for a garden review. What worked and what didn’t? Were there times when you didn’t have flowers? Do you want more flowers? If so, spring, summer or fall? Did everything in your garden perform to your expectations? As the spring and summer colors in your garden start to fade, do you […]

Watering Success Tip

Keep watering until the ground freezes!

Watering Success Tip

I know.  It’s hard to believe with all the rain we had this past spring but you will have to continue watering your trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.  This is especially true for new landscapes. You have made the investment in landscaping around your home.  Now protect it. The question is – “How […]

Garden Planning – More Than Just Flowers

Another way to get that color!

Garden Planning – More Than Just Flowers

When planning a garden, it’s important to think about “right plant, right spot” and create a plan with seasonal interest.  I have seen some color code their plans so they know just when the flowers will bloom.  But gardens should be more than just flower bloom times. Try thinking about leaf color and texture which […]

Summer Heat and Your Plants

Helping your Landscape through the Summer Heat

Summer Heat and Your Plants

This is not our first summer heat wave and I am sure it won’t be the last.  But our plants and trees suffer right along with us in the heat.  Here are a few things to look for and a couple of tips to help your landscape through this heat. Leaves can become sunburned. If […]

Bob’s Plant Favorites

Color, Color, and more Color!

Bob's Plant Favorites

Ask a designer, “What’s your favorite plant?” and you will get a deer-in-headlights look as he or she ponders the question.  We find that clients will often know which trees, shrubs, or perennials they don’t like before coming up with something they do.  Sometimes it’s just a process of elimination.  Some clients want all evergreens, […]

2013 Outdoor Living Trends

What Does Your Dream Back Yard Look Like?

2013 Outdoor Living Trends

Outdoor living spaces have moved beyond the simple patio or deck with way too much furniture in a too-small-space.  Each designed space is unique and reflects the homeowner’s needs and wants.  However, the list of must-haves has changed a bit over the last few years.  Outdoor kitchens were all the rage just a few years […]

Resist the Urge!

And Your Lawn Will Love You For It!

Resist the Urge!

After a particularly long bout with winter and the prospect of temperatures in the 70s in the forecast, most of us are ready to get our hands dirty with a little yard work.  But resist the temptation to rake the lawn.  Every year I see neighbors out as soon as the snow melts raking the lawn. […]

Have You Ever Wondered….?

... the who-what-when-where-why-how tips of landscape care

Have You Ever Wondered....?

What to do about thistle?                                   This is a pretty tough weed.  It is invasive and listed on the noxious-please-eradicate-wherever-you-find-it list.  Don’t handle without gloves.  Pulling it will just cause it to spread further.  The best way to deal with thistle is to cut near the base and apply (with a small spot spray or paint […]

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