Entries for April 2012

Hot, New Annuals for Hot Weather 2012

Filed under: Plants

   It's that time of the year again!  We've past our last average frost date in Southern Illinois (Usually mid to late April).  Th...

A TRIP TO THE TROPICS The Hawaiian Tropics Botanical Garden – Hilo, HI

Filed under: Plants, Misc

  One of my favorite things about traveling to tropical places is checking out all their local flora. The thing that tickles me the most is that ...

INVASIVE WEEDS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Part Two: Why They're Actually a Good Thing

Filed under: Plants, Misc

It might sound weird, but weeds aren't all that bad. They actually can have several beneficial uses.   Weeds are survivors. Most we...

INVASIVE WEEDS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Part One: How to Manage Them

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  Along with the warm weather, comes the need fight back against those pesky weeds that keep trying to take over our lawns and flower beds. The W...

How to Choose a Landscape Designer:

Filed under: Design

When you work with a  landscape designer, chances are that they are going to ask you a lot of questions.  But, what about the questions that...

How Do I Water My New Plants?: One Simple Rule to Successful Watering of Recently Transplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials.

Filed under: Plants, Misc

The act of watering sounds like it should be pretty simple and self-explanatory. However, many plantings fail due to under-watering and, just as equal...

Fire Pit and Fireplace Ideas

Filed under: Design, Misc, Outdoor Living

Who doesn't enjoy sitting around a small fire with friends and family on those cool, spring nights in Southern Illinois? The days are getting longer a...

Bark Mulch Vs. Rock Mulch: What Type of Mulch Should I Use?

Filed under: Misc

    Trying to decide what type of mulch to use in your landscape?  With all the information available on the internet these d...

New Ideas for Annual Containers

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   It's time to plant annuals in Southern Illinois!  Yay, seasonal color!  But, let's face it, when it comes to the container...

How to Update Your Existing Landscape

Filed under: Misc

 Trade out your overgrown junipers or yews for some compact, broad-leaf evergreens like boxwood or holly.     &nb...

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