Some of the most common plants grown in Midwest gardens for their beauty are also extremely poisonous. Here’s a pictorial guide to 8 common, toxic plants.
When residential lawn mowers first came about, they were designed to cleanly cut your lawn into grass clippings that, left on the turf, returned the naturally occurring nutrients back into your lawn. Then self-bagging lawn mowers were invented, and people were told to bag their grass clippings. So— Should you bag your grass clippings or […]
“Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.” —Confucius The zika virus is headline news these days and has many folks understandably concerned about deadly diseases spread by the mosquito. While it’s true that mosquito-borne diseases are among the world’s leading causes of illness and death today, the dangers posed by the insects must […]
Study Links Toxic Lawn Chemicals to Canine Cancer: You may be choosing the look of your lawn over the health of your dog. A recent comprehensive study shows that Americans are poisoning their pets by applying commonly used synthetic lawn care products such as toxic herbicides and chemical fertilizers that cause canine cancer. “A lot […]
Weeds are one of the more vexing aspects of every lawn care program. What they are and why they are in a lawn are the keys to how to prevent them. Weeds thrive on weak, stressed turf and compacted, unhealthy soil. Eliminate those conditions and grass will win over weeds. Weeds are natural indicators, meaning […]
Before After Garden Maintenance is an often-overlooked art form in the landscaping world. We naturally showcase photos of well-maintained gardens because they look gorgeous. What we don’t often see, however, is what the garden looked like BEFORE an experienced horticultural worked their magic. A neglected garden can be overwhelming to a homeowner because to someone […]
Homeowners are increasingly demanding safe alternatives to toxic chemical lawn fertilization and more companies are claiming to offer organic lawn care programs. But are these program truly organic or are they just so-called “green washing”? Greenwashing is when a company spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually […]
Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s smart. We’re right to be skeptical when someone’s only reason for doing something a certain way is “that’s the way we’ve ALWAYS done it.” Doctors no longer prescribe applying leeches and beauty products & house paints no longer contain lead – both of which used to be […]