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Eager to get outside and work in your garden?! Here are some things you can do this weekend:

• Cut your ornamental grasses to the ground. Finer grasses and leaves may be mulched with a mulching lawnmower and put back in the garden to add nutrients to the soil. Larger grasses should be cut into smaller sections and mulched using a mulcher.

Spring Garden Cleanup

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We love bare root trees! It may seem counter-intuitive but usually bare root trees will establish quicker, grow faster and overall develop better root systems than container or balled and burlapped trees. Read about the benefits and how to plant them here.

2017 Bare Root Selections

Call us at 630.355.4000 or 630.820.8088 to pre-order your trees today! Pre-payment is required at time of order. Quantities are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

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Firefall Maple
Acer x freemanii 'Firefall'

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An excellent male cultivar that will not produce seeds. Performs well in our clay soils. Bright orange to scarlet fall color develops earlier than some of the other Freeman maple cultivars. Fast growth rate. Full sun. Average soil, drought tolerant, wet tolerant. Grows 50’ - 60’ H by 30’ - 40’ W; Upright oval • Disease resistant • Great Fall Color • Growing Place Choice

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Although the calendar says it’s still winter, we’re getting excited about spring! Every year there’s always new plants to grow in your garden. At The Growing Place Garden Center, our staff researches up and coming varieties that look promising and add the very best to our selections. While some of these are not brand new this year, they have been tested and when planted in the right place will be strong performers!

Perennials

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Even the brownest of thumbs can grow an Amaryllis bulb. Their large, colorful blooms are a wonderful way to bring the garden indoors this winter and they make great gifts!

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Choosing Your Bulb

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~Albert Camus~

One of the perks of working at The Growing Place is that you can find inspiration just about anywhere. About this time of year, our gardens are full of so many colors. From the bright hues of mums to cabbages and kale (which get increasingly vibrant as the temperatures drop) to the wispy plumes of perennial grasses and, of course, the many shades of reds, oranges, and yellows on trees and shrubs. Today I took a stroll around the gardens and snapped a few pics of just a few of the colors you can find.

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Trees

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Nothing says October like those wonderful, delicious, squirrel magnets called Pumpkins (with a capital P!) They come in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes and make it festive just by being in the room. Can you tell we love pumpkins?

Painting Pros
Joannie, Perennial Manager in Aurora has been making her pumpkins sparkle with metallic paint. She even sprayed leaves and attached them for an extra shiny touch. Metallic is not the only way to go, any color will do. You can make interesting shapes by marking off with painters tape.

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Up until this week, it has been an unseasonably warm fall, but it’s now just about the right time to start thinking about protecting your evergreen trees and shrubs. We love evergreens for their four-season interest, especially after a fresh snowfall. Since they keep their needles or leaves year round, it is important to take some steps to make sure evergreens remain healthy through the winter months. They will continue to lose water throughout the winter and be susceptible to damage from sunscald or windburn. The best protection against winter damage is moderate moisture in the soil. Continue checking the soil under evergreens into early winter or until the ground is frozen. If we have a dry fall, make sure to keep these plants we...

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Sooner or later, most perennials need to be divided. Perennial plants typically increase in size by producing shoots and roots on the perimeter of the plant. After 3 or 4 years, the clump may die out in the center, overrun its space, or produce fewer flowers. When these things happen, it's time to divide.

The dividing process is fairly simple. You will need a few tools, which may include: shovel, garden fork, knife, scissors and rubbing alcohol.

To prepare the plants and soil for digging, water the bed a few days in advance. (This is only necessary if your soil is very dry). Remove any dead foliage from the plant.

First, dig around the plant so that it can be lifted in a clump. Then split the plant with a fork, inserting it deep into the...

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By: Lauren Brostowitz

By this point in the summer, you’ve put in the time pruning, weeding, watering and fertilizing your garden. And now, all your hard work is finally paying off in the form of bountiful veggies, fruits, and fragrant herbs. But sometimes that bounty can be a bit overwhelming, and even after gifting to your friends, family, co-workers, the mailman and just about anyone, you’re still swimming in cucumbers.

Fortunately, there are a variety of clever ways to preserve and store your garden goodies, from blanching and freezing to canning and pickling. It’s a perfect way to reap the benefits of your summertime labor well after the growing season ends. This week we’ve gathered up our favorite food storage and preservation te...

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Perhaps even from childhood, we’re enthralled with the idea that tiny caterpillars undergo a complete metamorphosis and emerge as beautiful winged beings. We watch in awe as they sunbathe on our flowers and drink nectar from our milkweed plants, eagerly hoping these gentle creatures will stay a while so we may view them closer.

Well, we’ve got some good news! Monarch populations are expected to hit their peak as fall migration kicks off mid-August and these little critters take the flight back to Mexico. So, you should be seeing some soon. However, even at their peak, the population is still at record lows.

But, it’s not just monarchs that need our help. The Karner blue butterfly is registered as endangered under the U....

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Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

 

Opening Weekend April 1 & 2

 

 Opening Weekend April 1 & 2! In the winter, we are here Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Feel free to give us a call to register for a class, ask a question or purchase a gift card. Please call before stopping in.

 

 

 

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