November Gardening Tips – Pest Proofing the Garden

PEST-PROOFING THE GARDEN AND OTHER NOVEMBER GARDENING TIPS In November Mother Nature begins to put things to bed for the long winter. It’s time for gardeners to do the same by protecting plants for the winter, storing garden tools, and tidying up the garden for the next growing season. If you haven’t cleaned up old plants and debris from vegetable […]

Fall Garden Maintenance

At the first killing frost, when the growing season ends, it is time for the gardener to give attention to maintaining the various man-made features of his home landscape. Fall is a perfect time for this-cool weather, and no pressing need to hurry to some other task, make these jobs a pleasure. Walls, Fences and Gateways-Fences made of wire should […]

November Gardening To do list

Provided is a list of tasks you need to perform in your garden during November. Please understand your gardening zone which is identified in the menu above. Look for Hardiness Zones. Zone 1 Thin dense-growing trees to avoid wind damage Apply mulch around plants after ground freezes Cut back chrysanthemums after bloom; mulch heavily or dig and store in basement […]

Garden tools for Digging and Weeding

How are you set for tools for this gardening season? There are so many more tools now than in the past, both power and manual.  Having the right tool for the right job, you’ll be amazed how much easier (on your body) and quicker your garden activities will get done.  Here are a few of the common manual tools for […]

Benefits of organic compost for your garden

A backyard compost pile or bin is more than just controlling waste. Composting keeps food and yard waste from rotting away in landfills and it may be an engaging hobby itself. If you’re an avid or aspiring gardener, compost may be the secret weapon that you need to make your garden grow.  Fortunately, since composting offers many benefits, there are […]

Plant Strawberries this Fall

Fall planting of strawberries has its advantages to home gardeners in some areas, particularly to those who want to have a bearing bed as soon as possible in their own back yard. We have been familiar for many years with the feasibility-in fact, even the distinct and feasibility in planting in some northerly areas. Fall planting of strawberries may be […]

What if I don’t do fall yard clean up?

WHAT IF… If the garden magazines, web pages and other information sources are to be believed, the world is full of gardeners who worry a lot about cause and effect. Most of them are busy—too busy sometimes to do the things that they think they ought to do in the garden. This is a frequent source of guilt, and since […]

The fall rituals of garden clean-up is here

Yes, now is the time we put our gardens to rest for the coming winter months. As the tree leaves turn colour and drop to the ground, frost has also landed on our plants in our gardens. By now, the cold nights have made us bring our houseplants inside and should prompt us to do the task of preparing our […]

Landscape Fall Clean-Up Requirements

After the blooming season of summer, trees are full of beautiful, colorful leaves. This beauty is short-lived, as fall is fast approaching and leaves wind up on your lawn. While young ones enjoy shuttling leaves around, they can make your property look shabby. They also create a good environment for pests to thrive. With the harsh Chicago winters coming in, […]

Autumn Fall Garden Color

By the autumn many of the summer-flowering plants are all but over and, although there are many plants which will provide a display of flowers in September and October, and even into early November, much can be done to make the garden colorful in these months by planting some of the shrubs and trees the leaves of which turn brilliant […]