3 Labor Saving Landscape Tips

A three day weekend is best spent outdoors doing yard work, right? For some, yes. If you had other plans in mind, and the necessity of yard work still calls your name, use these tips to save time for long-lasting results.

1. Select the right plants for the right places

Our promise is to help you find the right plant for the right place and give you growing advice so you can have success in the garden. Why is this so important? If you choose plants because you like the color, but plant them in shade when they require sun, they will not perform well. If you plant a perennial garden and desire hummingbirds and butterflies to visit, knowledge of certain plants is required. Our expert garden staff in each department at both locations is happy to answer any questions you might have.

When is the best time to plant? For perennials, you'll probably want to get most things in the ground by late September/early October. For trees and shrubs, you can plant now up until the ground freezes. Depending on the year, you might even be able to plant into November. Once you make your selection, plant within 2-3 days of purchase. Do not work the soil when wet. A handful of soil should crumble in your hand.


2. Prep the soil

If you only need to plant a few trees, shrubs, or perennials and you already have a garden bed, you just have to dig a hole, add some Espoma Bio-tone and plant! Dig a hole 2-3x as wide as the container the plant is in and just as deep as the pot. Mix in Espoma® Bio-tone as recommended on the bag for the size of plant you are planting. Remove the plant from the container, place in the hole and fill in around the plant with the soil from the hole.

For your fall containers, fill 2/3 full with Growing Place Choice Potting Mix, add Espoma Bio-tone and you're all set. Remember to continue fertilizing your annuals in containers until the end of the season.

3. Choose the appropriate tools

Having the right tools on hand makes gardening more of a therapy and less of a chore. Small tools such as a trowel, pruner, garden fork, and gloves can be kept within reach in a pocketed apron. Garden tools with enhanced grips and lengthened handles help ease tight hands and long reaches. Smaller shovel heads are easier to work with so you aren't lifting as much at one time. Knee pads provide cushioned support. Stooping, kneeling and gripping are constant exercises when gardening. Consider incorporating these movements into your daily routine so the habit helps your hobby.

Bonus tip –

Plants are living things. Protect your investment by watering correctly. Check 2" below the surface before you water to make sure you're not overwatering. Keep leaves healthy by watering the roots, not the leaves. Adding 2” of mulch around the plants, but not touching the base of the plant, helps conserve water and your time.

Most of all, look around, hear the birds sing and enjoy the fruits of your labor in the respite from the world you built in your own backyard.

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Spring Hours

March 30-June 30

Monday-Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

Memorial Day Hours

Monday, May 27


Growing for the future with
right plantsĀ in right places.