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Fun Fall Family Outdoor Activities

October 20th, 2021

While we may have seen the last of the summer weather, there is so much to look forward to as the seasons shift. Don’t miss out on all autumn has to offer. The ...

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Picking the Perfect Tree for your Space

September 22nd, 2021

As the days get shorter and we say goodbye to the warm summer weather, we move into the ideal time of year for planting new trees. Doing this in the fall allows...

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The 11 Best Flowers for A Flawless Fall Landscape

August 19th, 2021

Although our trees are still green and football season hasn’t quite started yet, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning your landscaping for fall. As t...

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Our Favorite Must-Have Features for any Backyard Entertainment Space

July 16th, 2021

4th of July barbecue season might have come to an end, but it’s just the beginning of a summer filled with outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. After ...

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7 Biggest Vegetable Gardening Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

June 22nd, 2021

We know how it is, summer finally comes around and the only thing you can think about is all the fresh produce you’re about to grow in your backyard. You spend ...

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Controlling the Weeds in Your Garden

May 19th, 2021

The weather is finally warm enough to get those beautiful plants and vegetables into the ground. It’s also the start of what can feel like a never-ending battle...

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Landscape with Grasses from Illinois

April 21st, 2021

Here in the midwest, native grasses are the backbone of our many prairies and meadows. As those prairies transform into the suburbs, those same grasses can work...

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Essential Spring Clean Up Landscaping Guide

March 23rd, 2021

Once we can put winter behind us, it’s fun to get outside and start planning our spring landscaping projects. Here are some steps to take to get off to a succes...

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Common Landscape Problems and How to Fix Them

February 22nd, 2021

We are well into winter and it’s time to start thinking about your spring landscaping plans. Designing an outdoor space can be fun, but it also can be exhaustin...