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| March 30, 2021

Beyond Burning Bush: Fall-Scaping for Gorgeous Late Season Landscapes

Fall in Wisconsin is a bittersweet season. The initial dread of the upcoming winter months can lead to a reluctance to embrace the beauty in the fall landscape. This is a huge missed opportunity! September and October can (and should) be two of our most spectacular months outdoors. Another reason fall color can be neglected […]

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Plants

| March 17, 2021

Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

Our Favorite Trees for Waukesha Hardiness Range: 4 to 8 Height: 40’-70’ Spread: 20’-50’ Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade Bloom Color: White Why We Love It:  Huge, dinner-plate sized leaves with gorgeous white flowers in spring.  The Catalpa is underutilized in home landscapes and provides a great alternative to overused, popular specimen shade trees.  One of the RARE trees […]

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Plants

| March 17, 2021

Don’t Drown Your Plants

When caring for your plants, you may think that the more water the merrier, but overwatering can be just as problematic as underwatering. Here are five common mistakes we see that can lead to overwatered plants in the landscape:  1. Site Selection:  Be observant/thoughtful when you select a site for your plants. Pay attention to the […]

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Plants

| March 15, 2021

Herbs That Don’t Die

Home Herbalism for the Black Thumb Crowd  Why bother growing herbs?  Flavor.  Everything we taste is controlled by our nose.  Well-flavored food draws you in before you even pick up the fork.  Herbs are the enemy of bland food, and FRESH herbs are king.  Once you’ve cooked with the fresh stuff, there’s no going back!  Chopped oniony chives on potatoes, […]

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Plants

| March 14, 2021

Back Off the Buzzcut

Back off the Buzzcut for a Healthy Lawn!  The most beneficial practice to maintain a healthy lawn is to set your mower height to a minimum of 2.5 – 3 inches, with 3 inches preferred. You may be shaking your head at this suggestion, but we stand by this advice. Keeping your grass at a […]

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Tips & Tricks

| March 13, 2021

Sneaky Snacks – Edible Plants Don’t Have to be Ugly

Sneaky Snacks:  Tastefully Adding Edible Plants into Your Landscape  Any spot in your yard that has enough sun for lawn to thrive can also support small fruits (raspberries, currants & more!), herbs, and veggies.    I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: if it’s sunny enough for turf grass, it’s sunny enough to grow some food.   I […]

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Tips & Tricks

| March 10, 2021

Hummingbirds

Annuals for Hummingbirds  Hummingbirds are a gardener’s delight and many try to attract this tiny bird to their yard by strategically planting certain flowers. Hummingbirds eat a variety of insects, but in order to supply their high energy needs, they also consume around half their weight in nectar (a sweet liquid found in certain flowers) […]

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Tips & Tricks

| March 5, 2021

Grow Hanging Baskets Like the Pros

Grow Baskets Like the Pros:  Keep Your Hanging Plants Beautiful All Summer  Few things add more pop and excitement to an outdoor space than a wild & colorful hanging basket!  Ever since ancient times, we’ve been inexplicably drawn to the drama and intrigue of gardens that vine, trail, and swoop.     When a hanging basket […]

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