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Fall Landscaping Tips

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

Fall Landscaping Tips   

Because Spring is a busy time for those of us who work in the nursery industry, I have to wait until Fall to "play" in my yard. Well, Fall is here, and the fun has begun! 

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Tags: General, Fall

Where Should Junipers Be Planted?

Posted by Paul Blanche

Juniperus Virginiana "Canaertii"


      "The Right Plant For The Right Space"

How important is it to select the right plant for the right place? Just ask my neighbor Fred. Recently he asked, "Hey Paul, why are my hostas always crispy brown and my roses rarely bloom?" Well Fred, I'm glad you asked.....I think.

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Tags: Plants, General, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs

What Are The Benefits of Trees

Posted by Jacob VanOteghem

Trees Work

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Tags: Plants, General, Trees, Environmentally Friendly

Top 5 Over-used Landscape Plants

Posted by Crystal Gebke

Top 5 Over-used Landscape Plants and Possible Replacements

Driving around looking at landscapes (both old and new) can become quite boring. Same plants used over and over again. This is usually because they are low-maintenance or flower a long time. Both of which I understand, but there are some great alternatives. 

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Tags: Plants, General

How To Improve Your Home's Landscaping Curb Appeal

Posted by Dave Morgenroth

Why Is Curb Appeal Important?

We have all driven by homes in our neighborhoods that really standout among most of the other properties in the area. They seem to have it all together, with just the right blend of color, variety, and visual interest. They have curb appeal!

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Tags: General

What Should I Plant In The Fall?

Posted by Keith Dintelmann

Autumn Brings Opportunities To The Active Gardener

If you have been in the Nursery business for any length of time you know that spring is the busiest time of the year.  Coming out of the dreary winter months most people look forward to getting out into their yards and gardens in an effort to bring some life back into their landscapes. To that end garden shops are stampeded by gardeners looking for fertilizers and seeds and plants and tools. Yards get fertilized, shrubs get pruned, and flowers are planted, all with the idea of breathing color back into our lives.  It is an exciting time of year for the gardening enthusiast.

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Tags: Plants, General, Fall

How To Grow Blueberries

Posted by Ryan Hinrichs

How To Grow Blueberries 

There is a trend that keeps on rising and it's growing your own produce in your backyard. People feel a sense of confidence knowing that they produce their own fruits. Growing blueberries fit in with organic gardening due to the seldom use of pesticides to control bugs. Blueberries are a popular choice in home gardening, as long as you know how to grow them. Blueberries grow in zones ranging from three to ten. These plants have bright green leaves and little white flowers in the spring season then turn a reddish-orange color in the fall.

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Tags: Plants, General, Shrubs

Beneficial Insects In The Landscape

Posted by Darlene Caviness

Scary, Beneficial Insects

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Tags: General, Pests/Disease, Environmentally Friendly

Preventing Weeds In Landscape Beds

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

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

How To Create Displays In The Garden Center

Posted by Angela Jackson

Creating Attractive, Yet Effective Product Displays in Garden Centers

Attractive product displays can entice shoppers in, welcome a season, announce new items
or promote slow moving ones. Successful retailers tailor their designs to appeal to current customers while attracting new customers.  The display is there to create an environment that will inspire consumers and reflect the positive attributes that our industry offers.  Garden  Center retailers rely on the visual impact of garden displays to generate sales.  It is important to not let the display overshadow the product. 

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Tags: General