Squirrels

Squirrels: Often a Love Hate Relationship As I let my dog outside this morning, I was surprised to see eight squirrels frolicking in my backyard. As they made the mad dash towards the nearest tree, I had to wonder why my yard seemed so attractive to them. Personally, I like them. But then again I am the kind of person …

Christmas Tree Care

HO! Ho! Ho!  Christmas is just around the corner and holiday decorating is in full gear.  Although I currently put up an artificial tree each year, there is something so romantic about the idea of a fresh cut Christmas tree.   The look and fragrance cannot be matched.   So, what variety should you consider purchasing? Noble Fir:  Known for its beauty, …

Fall Gardening Tips

Fall is in the air… Outdoor Planters:  Freshen up your neglected planters with a fun fresh look that can take the cooler temperatures.  Focus not only on color, but also on texture.  Flowering Kale, Ornamental Chard, Pansies, Asters and Mums are great plants to consider. Planning to overwinter your mums?  Chrysanthemums being grown and bred now are very different than …

How Not to Landscape

How not to landscape…. Like all art, creating a landscape that appeals to everyone is virtually impossible.  However, here are a few pointers that will lead you towards a beautiful yard for all to enjoy: DO mix textures DON’T use all the same shapes of plants DON’T use plants that cover too much (remember, they do grow!) DON’T create over …

Fall Lawn Care

What to know about fall and your lawn: Turf needs light, water and nutrients to make food. Areas covered with leaves prevent the grass from manufacturing and storing food prior to winter. The leaves may also compact and smother the grass during the winter. Thick layers of leaves should be removed for strong turf growth, a thin layer of leaves …

August Garden Tips

What to do in the August Garden…. Mid- August through late September in the Midwest is my absolute FAVORITE time of the year to plant.   The ground is “preheated” yet the cool air is here or coming and the plants require less watering to take off running.  If your garden is looking a bit drab, consider adding these perennials which …

Summer Heat Tips for Your Garden

How does your garden grow? Does it feel like the only thing thriving in your garden during this heat is the Creeping Charlie?  Heat waves, especially this early and without much rain, can wreak havoc on a garden.  All spring I was hoping for the rain to stop so I could work on a concrete project.  Now that the concrete …

Prevent Deer Damage in Your Yard

Deer driving you crazy?! Me too!  Growing up out in the country, we almost never experienced deer troubles.  Now that we continue to encroach on their natural homes, more and more people struggle to be successful with their gardens due to damage caused by these beautiful creatures.  Deer damage home landscapes by feeding on garden and landscape plants, rubbing their …

Get Your Garden Ready

Spring is officially here and I have been getting lots of questions from people who are anxious to work in their yards.   Pruning trees and shrubs can be one of the most daunting tasks we do in the garden. From the best tools to use to the proper place to cut, it can all be very overwhelming. Here are a …

Painting Tips

Have you ever wandered the paint aisles overwhelmed by all the choices?  Is that $50 gallon of paint really better than the $20 gallon?  What sheen should I choose?  Here are a few tips to make your decision a little easier next time you get the urge to decorate: VOC vs Zero VOC is a natural place to start.  Did …