You’re feeling good about your choice of a live Christmas tree. While it was growing at the tree farm, it produced oxygen, reduced carbon dioxide, provided habitat for birds, insects, wildlife, and lessened erosion. It also met its ultimate reason for being by serving as the beautiful focal point for your holiday. Want to get one more use from your cut Christmas tree? Why not make mulch magic with it!
Holidays are supposed to be memorable, but memories can conjure up delight or disaster! Every family has at least one tale about holiday decorating gone terribly wrong. These debacles may provoke gales of riotous laughter in the retelling years later. If even one of the tips below prevents an epic holiday horror story for someone perhaps this is worth the read!
Whether flowering or just showing us their leafy side, plants make us happy. Three different studies have shown that people receiving flowering plants always elicit what psychologists call the Duchenne, or true, smile.
I’ve heard the trembling-voiced confessions of many self-professed “plant killers” over the years. One day someone asked what technical subject intimidated me and I said, “Anything mechanical.” A blinding ray of light appeared from the heavens. I had the epiphany that houseplant care could be daunting, too. I get that now.
Indoor plants are all the rage and we’re here to help you get up to speed! As the weather gets cold and we spend more time indoors, we can bring plants into your home to add style and a slice of nature that keeps the winter blues at bay. Yes, these plants have innate health benefits when put in your home!
I knew better. I’m a veteran of this horticultural horror. After all, it was the first week of October. I was taking my leisurely stroll around “the grounds” enjoying my autumnal garden when I saw it- a pile of wood shavings at the base of my young Red oak. I looked up knowing full well what I was going to see.
There’s no way to sugarcoat this. Since August 1st we’re 5.5” deficient in rainfall. That’s Drought, capital D, and means severe, even deadly, consequences for landscape plants that haven’t received supplemental water.
Spring-flowering bulbs (tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, etc.) are perfect examples of delayed gratification. You plant the ugly duckling bulbs in October/November and forget about them until they start piercing the cold soils of late winter. Some good sense tips...
This July has seen record rainfall (10"+ so far) in Chicago's northern suburbs. With animals pairing up and heading for the ark you may not have been paying attention to your lawn. I should have been, wasn't, and now part of my lawn is breakfast, lunch and dinner for hairy Chinch bugs (henceforth known as CB). See typical damage. Yep, my lawn, my photos.
July heat and humidity have descended upon our gardens. Hopefully, it goes without saying that you're applying water as needed, especially to all new plants. Mulch should be caressing the root systems of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, veggies and roses to keep: soil moisture from evaporating, weeds at bay...