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Illinois Green Industry Association--the resource for industry professionals in Illinois--to provide garden tips to our valued gardening consumers in and surrounding Illinois.


  Top Ten Gardening Tips
from Your ICN Pro

1. KEEP THE MOWER BLADES UP HIGH! KEEP YOUR MOWING HEIGHT UP! Raising your mowing height increases the vigor of the turf. A more vigorous turf is more tolerant of dry conditions, and more able to compete with weeds. Never apply weed sprays or fertilizers to your lawn in the summer months.

2. WEEDS CAN BECOME A MAJOR PROBLEM. There are many tricks to maintaining a weed free bed—besides spending hours a day pulling weeds! There are several products available that are very safe and effective. But before you run out to spray everything in sight— check with your ICN Pro. They will be able to tell you what products will be most effective in your situation! It will save you time and money!

3. DEADHEAD SPENT FLOWERS. Cut back annuals and perennials when they begin to look “ratty.” Spent blooms can be cut off, and brown leaves can be trimmed back.

4. PLANT LOTS OF BULBS. Bulbs will be arriving at your garden center in late August or early September. Plan now for where you will plant them. Bulbs work beautifully when combined with perennials and groundcovers. For companion planting suggestions, contact the ICN Pro at your local garden center.

5. GARDENING! Gardening is for all ages, and can provide a fun family project. From how to design your garden, what to plant, how to maintain, it's about taking advantage of a reasonably priced outdoor activity with your family. Need some assistance in getting started? Contact your local garden center and talk with their ICN Pro who is available to help.

6. PLANT TREES! Whether you would like to add a shade tree or a flowering tree to your yard spring or fall is a splendid time to do it! When you plant the tree it will begin growing new roots almost immediately, and will continue growing those roots until the ground freezes in the winter. Then when the ground thaws in the spring, that tree will be all ready to grow!

7. PLANT GRASS SEED. Whether you just have a few patches to fill in, or if you want to re-do your entire yard, or do a new yard, April and September are the months to do it. Looking for a disease resistant, drought resistant turf? Try using a fescue blend rather than bluegrass.

8. WATERING . . . Supplemental water will be necessary in your new landscape beds and any beds that lie under overhangs. Your established beds probably won't require any supplemental water–however if the soil is very dry, it would be beneficial to give the bed a good soaking.

9. MULCH, but not too much! Mulch can act as an insulating blanket for plants. It is a good idea to apply mulch under your trees and shrubs. Mulch also works exceptionally well in perennial
beds. The mulch will protect the crown of the plant from the freezing and thawing action that happens when temperatures fluctuate in the winter.

10. PLAN FOR SPRING. If you'd like to update your landscape but aren't quite sure where to start or what to do once you've started–fall is a great time to plan! Contact the ICN Pro at your local garden center for landscape design suggestions. They'll be happy to help you and then when spring comes along, you'll be ready to get started!





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