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Home Nursery, Inc. Announces New Growing Facility

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

ALBERS, IL., August 30, 2019 . . . Nearing its 100-year anniversary, family-owned and operated, Home Nursery, Inc., today announced it is expanding its 385-acre nursery in Albers, Ill. with the purchase of a new turnkey growing facility in Tennessee. Home Nursery currently markets to thirteen Midwestern states, providing top quality plants to independent garden centers, landscape contractors and distribution centers in the horticulture trade.

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Tags: Local, General, Locations

Home Nursery Goes Solar!

Posted by Ann Tosovsky
          HOME NURSERY, INC. GOES SOLAR.  NEW 556 KW SOLAR ARRAY SYSTEM INSTALLED AT
                                                          CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
Home Nursery, a Midwest wholesale grower of landscape plants, proudly announces the installation of a total of 556 kilowatts (KW) solar photovoltaic electric systems, the largest aggregate system in the region, at its production farm in Albers, IL. In total there will be 10 systems installed over the next few months with a planned formal dedication in October 2016.  Seven systems will be roof mounted solar panels on various buildings and three systems will be ground mounts, primarily operating water pumping stations.  The solar arrays will range from the smallest system of 6.3 KW (similar to a typical residential installation) to the largest system at approximately 305 KW.
"Home Nursery is installing the new solar power system as one way to help reduce its carbon footprint and be a good corporate citizen," says Ann Tosovsky, President of Home Nursery, Inc.  "It is important to do what we can when we can to help the environment as well as future generations," she said.
The energy output of the system is expected to exceed 740,000 KWh annually and will prevent the production of over 570 tons of CO2 each year.  This is approximately equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 60 typical American homes.  Each solar panel throughout the system carries a 25-year performance warranty.  The estimated electricity cost savings of the project in just the first year is over $57,000.
The system is also expected to generate more than $450,000 in revenue from the in-state sale of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) to the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) over the next 5 years.  The IPA is purchasing SRECs from eligible solar energy system owners to quantify the environmental value of renewable energy produced in Illinois and to help bring the state into compliance with its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) of 25% renewable energy generation by the year 2025.
The Home Nursery Solar Project also applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America (REAP) Program.  The REAP program is a commercial incentive that provides eligible rural small businesses and agriculture producers with grants and guaranteed loans toward qualifying energy efficiency and renewable energy system upgrades.  REAP grants are competitively awarded twice per year and can cover up to 25% of the total of applicable energy systems.
"We're excited to see a major Midwestern business such as Home Nursery make the choice to go solar.  It seems to have been a natural fit for them," notes Shannon Fulton, President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association and Director of Business Development at StraightUp Solar.  "As environmental stewards, they are creating health benefits for their community; and as a long standing family-owned business, they are securing a cost-effective on-site renewable energy supply for years to come.  Home Nursery is on the leading edge and we applaud them for recognizing the benefits of solar energy for their business."
About Home Nursery
Home Nursery is a family-owned and operated, innovative leader in producing and distributing field and container grown nursery stock to garden centers, distribution centers and landscaping companies.  Founded in 1921, the company's 700 acre farm is located in Albers, Illinois, just 35 miles outside of St. Louis, MO.  This central location allows the nursery to deliver products anywhere in its 13-state territory within a week or less.  Home Nursery also maintains two full-service distribution centers-one in Albers, IL and the other in O'Fallon, Missouri-to meet local customers' needs.
About StraightUp Slolar
StraigtUp Solar, a turnkey solar energy integration company, designs and installs photovoltaic solar power system for homes, businesses, and nonprofits throughout much of Missouri and Illinois.  With offices in St. Louis, Swansea and Bloomington, Illinois, StraightUP Solar has been a solar industry leader since 2006.  StraightUp Solar has worked with more than 550 residents & businesses and non-profits, and is a full-licensed and insured electrical contractor.  A Better Business Bureau A+, B Corp Certified business, StraightUp Solar is committed to bettering our community and ensuring everyone's cleaner, safer, and more secure energy future--one solar panel at a time.  Learn more at straightupsolar.com
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Tags: Local, General, Environmentally Friendly

Home Nursery’s 95-Year Anniversary and What it Means for You

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

This year we are celebrating our 95-year anniversary!  Back in 1921, my grandfather, Ernest Tosovsky Sr., began selling vegetables in his hometown of Edwardsville, IL and through his vision, as well as the leadership of my father and  uncle, Chuck and Ernest Jr., we have grown from a one-man, home-town stand into one of the leading wholesale growers and suppliers in the Midwest.

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Tags: Local, General

Which Is Better? Mugo Pine Vs. Birdsnest Spruce (comparison)

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Which Is Better? Mugo Pine vs. Birdsnest Spruce 

Although evergreens don’t seem to be one of the top choices for consumers these days, they do provide a necessary component to every landscape……year round color!  Green in the landscape doesn’t look too shabby in the middle of winter when everything else looks sparse and, frankly, dead. There are many different types of pine and spruce on the market today.  Let’s bring it down to a “foundation” level and talk about a couple smaller varieties; Dwarf  Mugo Pine and Birdsnest Spruce.

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Tags: Plants, Evergreens, Shrubs

Heptacodium miconioides-Seven Sons Flower (Review)

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Fall Blooming Tree-Heptacodium, Seven Sons Flower

Fall is typically the season where everyone is enjoying the changing foliage colors on trees and shrubs in the landscape and there's not much to look at in the way of flowers with the exception of the usual the fall mums and asters and a few other perennials.  But not every plant follows the typical blooming schedule of spring or summer.  Heptacodium miconioides is a distincitive small tree that not only blooms in the fall, but has several other exciting features as well.

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Tags: Plants, Trees, Shrubs

Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’ Vs. Hydrangea ‘Little Lamb’ (Comparison)

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Hydrangea 'Little Lime' Vs. Hydrangea 'Little Lamb' (Comparison)

‘Little Lamb’ Hydrangea and ‘Little Lime’ Hydrangea are two newer varieties of paniculata hydrangeas introduced by Proven Winners over the last few years.  They share a lot of similarities in terms of size, bloom time and sun requirements, yet have some distinctive differences.  Deciding which plant to incorporate into the landscape might be a bit difficult because of the many options of hydrangeas in general, let alone trying to discern among hydrangea varieties that appear to be very similar.  So, here is a basic side by side comparison of both plants.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Preventing Weeds In Landscape Beds

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How To Keep Weeds Out Of Landscape Beds.

Each year spring rolls around and we are all excited about sunny weather, April Showers, pretty flowers, birds and bees, and new leafing trees.  The winter blues have disappeared and now it's time to get busy prepping landscape beds for spring plantings. We look around and see what needs to be done and make a list of what supplies to get from the local garden center. The excitement begins building, the ideas start flowing, surfing the net for new ideas, new colors and new plants....this year my landscape is going to Rock!!!

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Tags: General, Pests/Disease

Home Nursery Tailgating Series

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This tailgating episode with Josh Evans, our Production Supervisor, features Coreopsis Mercury Rising, Rudbeckia Little Gold Star and Echinacea Sombrero Series....
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Tags: Plants, Perennials

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Review and Comparison

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Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Review and Comparison 

When Ball Ornamentals introduced the Flutterby™ series of buddleia a new set of possibilities emerged as to where these plants can be used.  This series of Buddleia not only offers the attraction of butterflies and hummingbirds, but also offers sizes which can be utilized in just about any part of the landscape. Three of Ball’s introductions include Buddleia Flutterby™, Buddleia Flutterby™ Petite and Buddleia Flutterby™ Flow.  A hardiness zone of 5-9 makes buddleia a good choice for many Midwestern locations. A closer look into each of these varieties will give a good comparison of each plant and suggestions on how to use them in the landscape.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

First Editions® Great Star™ Hydrangea

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Hydrangea Great Star™ First Editions® (Hydrangea paniculata'LeVasterival' PP20272)

Hydrangea Great Star™ is a newer introduction to the First Editions® line and even though there's not a whole lot of information out yet on its performance, Great Star™ is being touted as a "show stopper" in the garden and probably one of the best new hydrangeas for the garden as well as an all season summer blooming plant.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs