Enhance your landscape with the beauty and structure of trees, shrubs, and grasses. Our blog category provides guidance on selection, planting, and maintenance to help you grow a thriving outdoor environment.


Trees, Shrubs & Grasses

Emerald Ash Borer

It’s time to talk about a silent but deadly threat lurking in our midst: the Emerald Ash Borer. This tiny but mighty pest has been wreaking havoc on millions of ash trees across the Midwest, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. But fear not, for knowledge is power!

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Plants for Screening

A natural solution to block a view is doing so with plants. Greenery provides a soft look without the harshness of a fence or other structure.

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Deer-Resistant Plants

Nothing is more frustrating than having the plants in your landscape being eaten by hungry deer. Bear in mind that no plant is completely deer-proof. If deer are hungry and they’ve exhausted all the desirable food in the area, they may look to your yard.

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How to Care for Roses

Roses can bring you many years of beautiful blooms with a little care and maintenance.

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Hardy Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental Grasses are HOT, as people recognize their beauty in the landscape. Most ornamental grasses are very tolerant of heat and drought and will grow in areas where other plants fail.

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Fall Planting is the Best

In our Midwest climate, mid-August to mid-October is ideal for planting a variety of plants. We love this time of year as the weather cools above ground while the soil stays warm below ground. This is especially important to promote good roots for a hardier plant next spring.

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Water Wiser: Keep Your Plants Thriving

All plants need water, but how much? How often? What time during the day? Don't worry! We're here to help answer those questions.

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Color Your Landscape Early!

This warm weather sure gets us in the mood to get out and get planting! Midwest winters can be tough on shrubs, plants, and trees. Things can look a little drab and colorless this time of year.

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Our Top Tree Picks for Beautiful Fall Color

We all love that classic fall look, with bright red, orange and yellow leaves in the sunshine. And the fun memories of raking them into big piles to jump in as kids. Or even sipping some cider on the front porch or backyard deck on a calm autumn day while watching the leaves float in the breeze.

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Japanese Beetle Solutions

Be prepared! The Japanese Beetle have been spotted in the Midwest.

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Hydrangeas 101

We see them. We love them. Hydrangeas. Gorgeous blooms in varying hues of white, pink, and blue. Not to mention the big leaves in a deep shade of green. But what's the difference? How do you know which one to choose? There are several different types of Hydrangeas:

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Trees & Shrubs: Our Top Picks

Planting trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants has a positive impact not only us, but on the environment too!

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Choosing the Right Rose

Hybrid Tea…Floribunda…Miniature… Climbing… Shrub…what does it all mean? How do you choose? Here is a simple guide and brief explanation of each rose type.

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Mulch 101

Mulch is as important to your trees, plants, and shrubs as sunlight, fertilizer and water. Think of it as a security blanket covering and protecting the plants root system.

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Protect Your Trees & Shrubs from Winter Burn

Did you know trees and shrubs can become dehydrated just like you?

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Plant Start: Life Insurance for Your Plants

Ever stop to think what plants go through when you take them out of their pot and plant them in the ground or different container? Well, it isn’t as easy on them as you might think.

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Improving Clay Soil

If you're reading this you’re probably like most of us - plant lovers who appreciate healthy, beautiful plants wherever they grow. But you also know the secret to a heathy plant involves more than the sunny or shady spot where it grows. The soil around the plant impacts its healthiness, and Earl May Structure and other soil amendments can help.

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