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Welcome Spring! Congratulations!
You’ve happened to stumble upon the first ever edition of the Alsip Home & Nursery Idea Book. Hold onto it tight because it’s a keeper full of tips to guide you through the gardening season. We’ve compiled the knowledge of our talented Green Team and industry professionals to handcraft this nifty little booklet full of educational materials and beautiful imagery in hopes to inspire and teach you some tricks we’ve picked up from personal experience, trial and error. We’ve dedicated hours of careful planning and coordination to create a reliable go to resource for the need to know, the what to do, and the how to do it of gardening and a little bit beyond. We’ve also included some handy coupons to help make the shopping experience as enjoyable. Our 2014 Idea Book is chock full of expert advice, yet it is ultimately up to you to choose how to use and read all product labels. We wish you, your home, and your garden the very best success!
Alsip Home & Nursery, Frankfort, IL - 1970. Established in 1969, Alsip has been the go to garden center for quality plant materials for 45 years.
A Little Bit About Alsip
As Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana’s premier garden and pet center, we bring you the best of both worlds, plants and animals! Since 1969 Alsip Home & Nursery has believed that good people, working toward a common goal, can accomplish anything they set out to do. In this spirit, we set our goal to be the very best at serving the needs of our customers and making a difference throughout our community. High standards are our way of life; we pursue excellence in our unique products and memorable service. We also believe that we can achieve our goal only if we respect and fulfill the professional needs of our own people. We empower our people to make decisions that improve their work and benefit our customers, our company, and our community. - Rich Christakes, Alsip CEO Our Mission Statement: To our customers and our people, we pledge our continuous improvement and we make this commitment: Create a memorable shopping experience every day.
Alsip Home & Nursery’s second location in St. John, IN opened it’s doors in 1994 and will be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary!
Richard Christakes, David Christakes, and Bob Lindstrom, own and operate the two locations.
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• Sweet Peet® increases the soil microbial population, this activity leads to the suppression of a variety of soil borne diseases. • Sweet Peet’s® organic compost matter allows for a reduction or elimination of the use of herbicides and pesticides. • Suppresses weed growth by its naturally occurring cat-ion exchange formulation, weeds and weed seeds are destroyed during its formulation.
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• Enriches soil, retains and slowly releases water to the root zone during dry weather conditions. • As top layer dries out moisture is sealed in, preventing evaporation. • Independent testing confirms Sweet Peet® saves up to 50% of water used on plantings. It has water holding capacity of twice its weight vs other mulches with little or none.
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What to do After a Harsh Winter
How Gardeners Can Bounce Back from the Worst Winter in Years.
By now we are (hopefully) breathing a sigh of relief from the harshest winter in decades. There are a lot of things to consider for the care of your landscape after a winter such as this. Amongst those things are soil compaction, harboring of insects, flood-like conditions, and salt damage to your lawn and landscape.
The intensity of snowfall occurrences this winter has led to a large amount of salt spread on roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks. Salt has a very negative effect on plant life and soil conditions. Water that your plant roots would typically take up, can be absorbed by the salt. Hence the burnt edges on lawns after the snow plow has been through with salt. When the salt dissolves, plants can absorb chloride ions causing toxic build up leading to yellow leaves and die back. On a lawn where salt contact cannot be avoided, the best thing to do is water thoroughly and the grass will eventually bounce back or spread out. For the landscape, avoid planting near roads or anywhere that salt is likely to be “sprayed” onto them. Often times, evergreens will show signs of burn from salt spray before winter is even over. If possible, trim this burnt area off.
The heavy weight of the snow for such a long period of time will cause the soil to compact and therefore leave less room for airflow and water to absorb. This causes the need for additional soil conditioners, such as gypsum, that can re-loosen the soil. Better yet, Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil by Jonathan Green is recommended by our Green Team. I know that is a mouthful but just ask for “Love Your Lawn” and our Lawn & Garden team will know what you’re talking about. This organic product helps loosen hard, compacted soils by feeding the microbes in your soil. This product also greatly aids in grass plant root development.
Side by side weak compact soil next to healthy soil. See the Jonathan Green Love Your Lawn, Love Your Soil difference!
With the extra layers of snow, it is possible that more insects than normal have been able to make it through the winter. We have had some extreme lows and the frost line is likely deeper than usual this year. Things to look out for in the upcoming spring and summer months are grubs and thus Japanese beetles. This winter, we haven’t had that freeze, thaw, freeze thaw cycle that we usually do. It’s just been darn cold and snow covered nearly the whole time. It will be very interesting to see how that affects a few things like invasive insects that don’t originate from around here, namely the Emerald Ash Borer. They have been kept at bay in Minnesota compared to other Midwestern states due to their winters being colder than say, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Time will tell, but the best thing to do is keep your eyes peeled. We have the solutions here in the stores.
Spring Sprucing 10 Tips Towards Garden Greatness! 1. Remove Old Mulch & Debris
This allows the root-system in your yard to breath and better take in water and nutrients!
2. Apply Organic Matter
Most organic compost such as Sweet Peet has essential nutrients that are extremely beneficial to the development of new and existing plant root systems.
3. Fertilize Those Hungry Plants
Your plants have gone over 4 months of dormancy... they need food. Osmocote applied in the spring will benefit your plants for months. An application of Thrive is also recommend to help plants take-in much needed nutrients.
4. Add A New Layer of Mulch
This will help prevent weeds and water loss.
Apply A Pre-Emergent
9. Rototill Garden Compost
6. Create A Weed Free Zone
10. Tend to Acid Loving Plants
A pre-emergent like Preen will prevent weed seeds from germinating and instead allow nutrients and water to be absorbed by your plants. Like welcome plants, pesky perennial weeds will begin to grow in your lawn. Blast them with Weed Beater Ultra by Bonide.
7. Attend to Your Fruits
Trim any dead areas. These early season bloomers need nutrient and fungicide application prior to flowering to increase the fruit yield during harvest time.
8. Trim Shrubs & Split Perennials
Doing this while plants are still dormant will ensure a stronger branch structure and concentrate nutrients towards new growth. Use Root ’n’ Grow by Bonide.
This allows depleted nutrients to get worked back into the soil and improve drainage. Work in a soil amendment, root stimulator, and mycorrhizae. Acid based fertilizers like Hollytone and Dr. Earth will help yield the best bounty of flowers and determine shades of your blooms.
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Much to do About Mulch
Mulch is an Asset to Any Landscape, Here’s Why:
Mulch will enhance water absorption leading to a less expensive water bill. Exposed soil will dry out much faster than with a covering of mulch. With that said, don’t over mulch as this can cause root rot on your plants.
Bare ground is particularly vulnerable to many elements in our environment. Wind blows away soil, and rain can cause erosion. Heat and drought can kill valuable soil microbes and deep freezes can damage shallow root systems. Mulch can help protect from all of the above.
Hone in Essential Nutrients
There are microorganisms that provide an essential link between the nutrients in your soil and plant health. They insure your plant’s health and thrive in organic matter. They perform crucial tasks such as decomposing plant residues into the simpler forms needed by your plants. They also synthesize plant hormones, add nitrogen to the soil and make soil minerals accessible to your plants. Mulching creates a food plot for these beneficial organisms and greatly increases the richness of your soil.
Improved Soil Quality
Mulch can improve the fertility of your soil which will allow your plants a better opportunity to absorb water and nutrients. Using mulch will begin to initiate an increased cycle of growth and an enhanced productivity in your garden. This cornerstone will support a growing system of life in healthy, thriving gardens.
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Mulch will keep roots cool in the heat of summer and keep them warm and nicely protected throughout the winter.
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A Healthy Hobby
10 Reasons to Grow Your Own Vegetables & Herbs Vegetable gardening provides you with good exercise, the benefits of great nutrition and a respect for nature!
1. The Environment.
The average distance vegetables travel from farm to plate: 1,500 - 2,500 miles! Growing your own will lessen your impact on the environment.
Freshly harvested garden vegetables contain far higher nutrients than those from the supermarket.
3. Ultimate Freshness.
No more buying unripened produce at the store in order to insure they won’t spoil before you have the chance to eat them. Pick when ripe and enjoy!
Having fresh vegetables readily available in your garden will leave out any excuse not to insert them into your diet!
Produce picked and eaten at the height of freshness will contain more flavor. You can literally taste the difference!
6. Save Money.
Growing your own vegetables means high nutrition at a fraction of the cost. We like to call that a win - win!
7. Local Economy.
9. Sharing is Caring.
Many gardeners tend to discover that their garden will yield plenty of produce to go around! Try teaming up with the neighbors and trade your crops!
10. Peace of Mind.
Growing your own veggies allows you to enjoy your food without the worry of what’s in it.
Shopping locally for your seeds, plants, and supplies will reinvest money back into the community. In fact, 68¢ per dollar versus 43¢ if you buy from a box store.
Today’s seed and plant options are impeccable! Thus creates more variety in the meals you create as well!
Garden-to-table goodness Want a big harvest? Plant Bumper Crop Grafted Tomatoes for 50% higher yields. Big nutritional value? Try BOOST varieties, with more antioxidants. Big flavor? Grow them both! TM
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Our large celled annual trays (right) compared to what you’d find at the box stores (left). Note the strong roots.
We Grow Our Own Bringing the Best of Every Season with the Areas Best Plants
Planting Our Roots
This year Alsip Home & Nursery celebrates it’s 45th year in Frankfort, IL (est. 1969) and it’s 20th year in St. John, IN (est. 1994). Originally just a garden center, Alsip Home & Nursery has transformed into much more yet retains it’s roots; to provide quality plant goods to the area. We haven’t always grown for ourselves. Prior to 2008 we would gather after each spring season for day long meetings with top growers and plan for the crops we wanted for the following year with the utmost scrutiny. From specific plant varieties, to pot sizes, to different flower combinations for our hanging baskets and beyond. We would plan everything to the smallest detail, and even coordinated receiving each item as dependant to the weather. Alsip routinely made it a point to go above and beyond what other garden centers were doing by visiting grower trade shows to learn from their perspective and apply that to our stores. We always stayed up to date on new plants and even steered the growers in the right direction on many occasions.
Come 2008, Alsip had the opportunity to purchase one of our largest growers and suppliers. It was the perfect fit for us both, and we felt strongly that we already knew what needed to be done in order to handle this new business in addition to running our retail stores. The Head Grower of 30 years stayed with the facility as we assembled a great support team around him. Named after it’s Indiana location, Kingsbury Acres Greenhouse thus came to be. With even more control of the quality and selection than ever before, Kingsbury Acres grows it’s own line of products from the consolidation of the best of the best plant genetics around.
Quality is Our Key
We now grow just shy of 80% of the bedding plants, hanging baskets, combination planters, vegetables, herbs, and fall mums that we offer at Alsip Home & Nursery. Because we grow what we sell, we are able to offer special pricing on some of our items, such as our Wave petunia baskets and our famous seed geraniums. Most importantly, we, unlike many other growers out there, are not cutting ANY corners to produce our high quality plants. A lot of growers tend to skimp on pot size, soil volume, fertilizer, crop time, and space of plants. We do not cheat on ANY of those key components, hence great quality plants. The pride that we take in growing these beefier, healthier plants is proven by our ever growing and loyal customer base.
Only the Best
We actually sell our own “Private Label” Alsip Home & Nursery soil that contains the same mixture that we grow our plants in at Kingsbury Acres. Meaning, we believe in the soil so much, that we use it ourselves! If that doesn’t create consumer confidence, I don’t know what will! We also sell the same brand of fertilizer, (Jack’s) that we use at our growing facility, to our customers. Once again, consumer confidence! As a truly full service garden center, our associates are all highly trained on the plants and complimentary products that we carry. When shopping in our stores, we encourage you to witness this quality difference for yourselves! - Rich Christakes Richard Christakes is an Indiana Accredited Horticulturist and CEO of Alsip Home & Nursery/Kingsbury Acres Greenhouse. Richard is also Host of the My Chicagoland Garden Radio Program every Thursday morning from 9-10 on WJOB 1230 AM and occasional horticulture blogger.
CONTINUED SUCCESS FROM GREEN HOUSE TO GARDEN. CHOOSE THE SOIL WE’VE CHOSEN OURSELVES. ALSO LOOK FOR ALSIP BRANDED FERTILIZERS!
Top: Kingsbury Acres Green House full of bursting blooms! Below: The quality and size of Kingsbury grown hanging baskets are simply without compare. Actual Kingsbury grown hanging basket - no photo enhancement!
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These four new plants are as easy to grow as they are beautiful. If your container will get more than 6 hours of direct sun, Supertunia is a great choice. Superbells will make stunning containers when receiving 4 to 6 hours of sun each day. If you have a shadier spot, Catalina will fill it beautifully. To duplicate the look of these containers, fill with Proven Winners premium soil and four plants – one in the center and three others around the outside of the container. These new colors are NEW VARIETIES sure to attract attention wherever you plant them.
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Our Take on the Buzz About the Bees The Issue at Hand
There have been reports coming into the media about the plight of the honey bees. Honey bees are responsible for an estimated 1/3rd of the world’s food crop production. So, whether you knew it or not, bees are not only a very important part of the eco-system, they are also extremely important to our survival and our economy. Some people are calling for a ban on neonicotinoids, which are a commonly used pesticide and some studies have shown it to have harmful effects on honeybee populations. We feel that the public would be best served to have as much information about the subject as possible.
Know What You’re Doing
When shopping for insecticides, have a goal in mind and a complete picture of what you are doing. Avoid preventative applications of imidacloprid (contains neonicotinoids) whenever possible. When treating one problem like Emerald Ash Borer for your ash trees, you don’t want to use it on pollinating perennials.
Plant Bee Friendly Plants
Timing is Everything
If you must spray, do it when there is little to no wind. Apply later in the evening, night, or early morning when fewer bees will be foraging. If you are a beekeeper or apiarist yourself, register the location of your hives at www.driftwatch.org with the State Apiary Inspector so that pesticide applicators are aware of pesticide sensitive areas.
Follow the Directions
Following label instructions and using products properly will reduce the amount of imidacloprid being put into the ground and having the chance to get into bee pollinating plants. Take for example, spraying rose bushes for Japanese Beetle issues. Treat only the foliage, and not the flowers because the beetles eat the leaves.
Consider the Alternatives First
Pesticide application is a decision that should not be made lightly. Before you apply make sure that chemical control is necessary and research all possible alternatives. Beekeepers should also be aware of parasitic mites which are a leading cause in the decline of honeybee populations. There is a way to control this with a Check Mite Strip. Apiarists can use this on their bee boxes. It’s important to follow the instructions!! Improper use of the Check Mite Strips can be harmful to your colony.
If you are at all unsure about things, call a professional! The more you know, the more bees will be saved.
Beekeeping for Yourself
Beekeeping is an increasingly popular hobby and proper beekeeping can be quite rewarding. Just think of all that fresh, raw honey!
Lavender, sunflower, zinnia, black eyed susan, heliotrope, bee balm, coreopsis, sage, catmint, and lantana to name a few are some of the many varieties that bees love!
Easy spreading color
Wave® spreading petunias give you tons of blooms for color that lasts all season. Find them in the pink package.
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How Alsip Home & Nursery is Transforming Your Dreams into Reality Start Your Next Project With Alsip
Things to Consider Prior to the Consultation
Want to have the incredible landscaping or outdoor space you see in all the gardening magazines but don’t know where to start? Let us help you! Take the first step today and contact our talented designers, you’ll soon be on your way towards a beautiful new landscape! Alsip Home & Nursery’s Landscape Designers offer professional customized landscape design and installation. We feature and recommend licensed and insured Landscaping Professionals that offer Quality, Integrity, and Reliability in all that they do!
Start From the Ground Up: Decide whether you would prefer decorative stone, hardwood mulch, or colored mulch as the ground cover media.
Revamping a landscape for your home can be the most important process for the exterior future of any residence. Proper planning, placement, and selection are essential attributes for a successful design. The Landscape Design team at Alsip Home & Nursery takes great pride in the knowledge of both plant material and the use of hard goods (Unilock® pavers, retention walls, etc.) With our help, any homeowner can feel confident that they will receive a functional and aesthetically appealing landscape design.
Plant Material: Research plants that you would like to have incorporated into your design. The same goes for knowing which plants you find undesirable. Use the Plant Finder tool on www.alsipnursery.com or other brand websites for your search. Hardscapes: Familiarize yourself with hardscaping materials and styles. The Unilock® website has beautiful examples to inspire you for your own project. You can even look at finished projects in your surrounding neighborhoods to help determine your own ideas, wants and needs.
Scan the QR Code to watch a video fly through from one of our designs!
Top: 2013 design by Nicki Rich. This image depicts the homeowner’s property throughout the whole year, meaning when one plant falls out of color - another will soon be in bloom. By doing this a landscape will always be in season. Left: Our design team is able to replicate the owner’s home and landscape to near perfect scale. The ability to do this thus helps our clients to fully visualize what is to come.
Meet Our Talented Team With Years Of Design Exceptional Experience!
From Left to Right: Bryon Angerman (22 years) Nicki Rich (8 years) Travis Mahan (13 years) and Rob Kamis (18 years).
Why 3D Design Trumps Traditional Drawings
Meet Your Designer: Schedule a brief consultation with one of our talented designers. Bring with or email photos of the property, designating the areas of interest. Or if you prefer, you can request that your designer meet you at the property.
Traditional drawings of landscape designs in the past typically illustrated an aerial and sometimes obscure view of the homeowner’s property with abstract forms to define plant selection. Many designers and landscapers alike discovered a disconnect between these drawings and final product when it came to the expectations of the client.
Time Line: Depending on the extensiveness of the design and the timing of the season, most designs take 1- 2 weeks to complete. Keep this in mind when planning ahead for the time line of the entire project and meeting your idea deadline. Now the Fun Part: Your finished landscape design will be emailed to you and/or printed out for you to keep. We’ve found that many of our clients love this part of the process as we are equally excited to reveal the design. The Next Step: If you are looking for a professional landscape installation company, we can recommend them to you.
The introduction of 3D landscape design has since surpassed the quality of flat drawings by broadening the visual scope. Not only can designers showcase their work with incredible foliage and flower detail, but can create it within a setting that replicates the owner’s home and landscape to near perfect scale. The ability to do this thus helps our clients to fully visualize what is to come. Additionally, homeowners can even review seasonal previews to illustrate bloom cycles year round and watch a video “fly through” tour of their landscape. How cool is that?!
That Whole Impatiens Spring 2013
Each and every gardening season our Green Team Experts encounters a slew of inquiries about plant care, no surprise of course, that’s what we’re here for. Though one topic stood out among the rest “What’s the issue with impatiens?” or “Are the impatiens safe to plant?” Thanks in part to social media and other factors, the 2013 spring season was buzzing with concern for Downy Mildew, a noted villain to bedding vegetation - affecting any impatiens that crossed its path. Almost every 20 minutes it seemed another guest in our green house was asking why we still carried them and what lay in fate for everyone’s favorite shade bedding plant, to which I could only respond: “The issue hasn’t occurred in our area as of yet, including my personal Impatiens bed that I have planted year after year with no issue.” And I had done just that in 2013. As always, I planted the same two large flower beds, as well as around my four raised deck posts like always. Because the fact of the matter was this, the impatiens we carry at Alsip Home & Nursery are grown by our sister company Kingsbury Acres where the plugs we receive are pre-tested clean of the issue. We also take the extra step to pre-treat the impatiens crop with a preventative fungicide. Our impatiens crop grew perfectly as usual. So in the spring of 2013, I symbolically thumbed my nose at the notion of the highly publicized “mildew” somehow affecting my “year after year awesomeness” of flower beds that were just loaded with, well… flowers. Per usual, the season continued May through July with great looking blooms. Come August my certainty deflated with the surprising discovery of a little “funkiness” in my flower beds. Hoping to debunk what couldn’t possibly be true, I did what your average gardener wouldn’t do – I bagged up a sample and sent it to the horticulture laboratory at Ball Horticultural in West Chicago to have it tested. Yeah, I’m that guy. They sent me back a confirmation of; you guessed it, Downy Mildew. [Cue ominous thunder here.] Within the next three weeks my beds slowly turned into sticks. [Cue slide whistle here.] It was almost time to clean them up and switch to mums (yeah, I’m that guy too), but it was about a month early. I was a little disappointed to miss out on a month of color, but I was able to live after all. Three total customers I’m aware of came back to tell us that they too had it, or at least “thought” they had Downy Mildew on their impatiens. I suspect more people did as well but didn’t realize due to the lateness in season. Right: Actual photos of the underside of my infected impatien walleriana leaf showing the plasmopara obducens spores which are the cause of impatiens downy mildew. Below: Flower bed turned to sticks after the infection of downy mildew.
What You Should Know in 2014
Various studies on the issue point to the same conclusion: Downy Mildew stays in the soil and over winters. This means that if you had it one year and plant impatiens in that same bed, the likeness of getting it the following year is high. Most common precautions weren’t as effective due to the nature of the disease. Studies also show that Downy Mildew doesn’t typically show in pots or containers of impatiens, which can be fortunate as the soil in a pot can easily be changed. If you must plant regular impatiens in the ground again, we highly recommend you change out your soil. Downy Mildew does not affect most other types of bedding plants. It affects basic bedding Impatiens or impatiens walleriana. Kingsbury Acres will still be growing standard bedding impatiens (walleriana) to be found at Alsip Home & Nursery in 2014, though quantities have drastically been reduced. If Downy Mildew didn’t affect you last year and you still want to have those tried and true impatiens, we’ll have some, but plant at your own risk.
The Great News
If you see Downy Mildew on your impatiens this year or had it last year, a preventative fungicide such as Infuse by Bonide may help but there are not guarantees. If Downy Mildew did affect your beds or you just don’t want to take the chance, you’re still in luck. There are several very good choices to replace impatiens walleriana that are immune to Downy Mildew, listed on the right. In conclusion, yes there is a problem out there with regular impatiens but there are some EXCELLENT ALTERNATIVES! So if you need some serious color in your shady spots, we still have what you need. Richard Christakes is an Indiana Accredited Horticulturist and CEO of Alsip Home & Nursery/Kingsbury Acres Greenhouse. Richard is also Host of the My Chicagoland Garden Radio Program every Thursday morning from 9-10 on WJOB 1230 AM and occasional horticulture blogger.
Issue: 2014 Update Four Fantastic Alternatives to Standard Bedding Impatiens
DIVINE NEW GUINEA IMPATIENS New to Alsip in 2014, weâ€™re excited to introduce the Divine Series Impatiens to the area as the perfect replacement to your flower beds. Grown from seed, these are more affordable for flower beds than regular New Guineas.
SUNPATIENS Despite a misleading name, Sunpatiens do grow just as fabulous in the shade as they perform in the sun. Best of all theyâ€™re not susceptible to Downy Mildew.
NEW GUINEA IMPATIENS Known as a premium annual, New Guinea Impatiens are an ideal and gorgeous choice for your planters and hanging baskets.
WAX BEGONIAS We also recommend wax begonias as an alternative to standard bedding impatiens for their similar qualities and overall beauty in the garden.
14 Week Master Gardening Course Starting May 5th from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Purdue Extension - Lake County in Crown Point Course fee is $200. Applications for this course are due to the Extension Office by 4:30 PM on April 21st. For questions, or to request an application please contact: Nikky at (219) 755-3240 or email email@example.com. Classes fill first come first serve.
Little Bug, BIG Problem
Saving Our Communities’ Ash Trees from Spreading Emerald Ash Borer As you may be aware, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is threatening millions of ash trees across the Midwest. These insects slowly kill ash trees by feeding on the tissue which transports water within the tree. Since the pest was first found in Michigan in 2002, it has killed over 40 million ash trees in the states ranging from Maryland to Minnesota, even down to Tennessee. Ever since its discovery, an immense amount of research has gone into insecticide options for protecting ash trees from EAB. Unfortunately our area has not been missed by this spreading infestation, which has already begun to take effect in the devastation of ash trees in our own communities. We ask that you help us take action in saving the beloved ash trees in our own yards and throughout our neighborhoods. Because Emerald Ash Borer is here, something will need to be done like it or not. Fortunately we still have some wiggle room which has left us with a few options to address our current, fast moving, situation.
Treat Infested Ash Trees
We recommend treatment as the first option before removal because we understand that a tree isn’t just another plant in your yard or neighborhood, but a staple built around the character of your home that can bring our families shade in the summer and beautiful colors in the fall. Because of this, our goal is to help the people throughout our communities keep their beloved ash trees. It is important to treat the infested tree with an insecticide containing Imidacloprid, like Optrol™. Apply by drenching the base of the tree in late August through mid-October or late March through the end of May. This process will need to be done every 12-16 months. An insecticide drench is successful only when less than 25% of the ash tree is infected with EAB. The damage percentage can be determined by examining the top part of the tree. Here you will notice smaller than normal leaves and/or discoloring which may fall off pre-maturely in mid-late summer or fall. As with any insecticide treatment, it is important to read the label and use it responsibly. If you feel more comfortable with a professional opinion on the evaluation of your ash trees, we recommend contacting a certified arborist or the Purdue University Extension.
Removing & Replacing Infected Ash Trees
This is recommended for ash trees which are too far gone for treatment. This can be done by the homeowner or a licensed professional landscape contractor. We have compiled a list of recommended trees that will be well suited for parkway and/or general planting areas. Trees such as Cleveland Pear, Autumn Blaze Maple, Skyline Honey Locust and many more, meet these following criteria: • • • •
Relatively Disease Free Few or Little To No Problems Non-Invasive Root System Drought and Salt Tolerant
Ash trees provide 100% of the Emerald Ash Borer’s diet. This leads to studies showing that 100% of the ash trees will be exposed to the Emerald Ash Borer within the next 3-5 years. The problem is clear, we need only the support of the community to address it. Otherwise our neighborhoods will be left with dead trees and unsightly stumps, instead of hot summer day shade and beautiful fall color. Most importantly, a lack of healthy trees can lead to a lack of healthy humans. Trees play an extraordinary part in clearing the air, producing oxygen and removing harmful toxins.
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1. Placement is Key: Trees may be marked North facing
as grown in nursery. Follow through with placement when possible as this prevents sun-scald on the bark. Choose an area to allow proper sunlight for your tree.
2. Digging the Hole: Once placement has been determined,
dig an area for the root ball to placed upon undisturbed/ tamped soil. Make sure hole is 1.5 - 2 times the width of the root ball. (Example: 24” Root Ball requires a 36” - 48” width) Depth is determined by height of root ball, leaving 1” - 3” higher than grade in heavy clay soils.
3. Prep for Planting: Root ball shall remain intact. Remove
the string and peel back or cut off the top layer of burlap. For container grown trees, disturb as little of the root system as possible.
4. Backfilling: Backfill the hole with 50% amended soil and 50% native soil. Amended soil consists of a mixture of the following: Mushroom Compost, Cotton Burr Compost, Sweet Peet®, and Dr. Earth® Planting Compost. Amended Soil should be placed 1” - 2” high on the top of the root ball.
Organic Mulch should be applied to the top of the root ball 2” - 3” high and a mulch-air gap should remain at the crown of the trunk/root ball union to prevent softening of the tree trunk.
6. Watering: Using an aerating/watering tube with a water bag is recommended to keep your new tree hydrated.
7. Fertilizing: The use of Mycorrhiza and a root stimulator is recommended at the time of initial installation and can be applied through the water bag/aeration device.
Certain trees may requiring staking for the first two years to ensure proper alignment and establishment. Consult with a nursery associate.
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New Favorites Trees, Shrubs, Find These & More This Season at Alsip! 1. Enchantress® Hydrangea by Monrovia
First re-blooming Hydrangea with exotic ruby-black stems and huge mop head flowers.
2. Bloomstruck™ Hydrangea by Endless Summer®
Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark Striking foliage in glowing tones of orange, yellow and gold.
The newest edition to the Endless Summer Collection, lives up to the promise of Endless Blooms, and then some. This re-blooming mop head flowers on old and new wood and has perfectly rounded flowers averaging 3.5-5” across.
3. Strawberry Sundae™ Hydrangea by First Editions® A delicious new compact hydrangea. Similar in many ways to Vanilla Strawberry with one important exception, its smaller stature. 4. Campfire Rose by First Editions®
An exciting rose with exceptional hardiness combined with eye-catching blooms and bright glossy foliage. Shapely buds with yellow and red tones open to semi-double flowers of yellow, edged in a deep rosy pink. 5. Sonic Bloom™ Weigela by Proven Winners®
Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea Huge flowers evolve from white to strawberry red. Great for cut flowers.
Create an explosion of color with this fantastic new re-blooming Weigela. Loads of hot pink flowers in the spring are followed by waves of blooms until frost!
6. With Love™ Lavender by Monrovia
A repeat bloomer with exquisite, candy pink flowers atop purple bracts. Heat-loving and disease resistant, longer flowering than most.
7. Peek A Blue Russian Sage
Compact habit with attractive, finely dissected foliage. Very lacy, silvery green leaves line the stems topped with pretty lavender blue flowers from midsummer to early fall. 8. Little Quick Fire™ Proven Winners®
This is a wonderful dwarf form of the popular Quick Fire™ hydrangea. White flowers transform to pink-red as summer progresses. It’s compact size fits easily in any landscape!
Centennial Blush™ Star Magnolia Exceptional amount of blooms each spring and very cold-hardy.
9. Marmalade Coneflower
With bright color reminiscent of fresh marmalade straight from the jar, this variety is eye-catching, vigorous and healthy, with multiple buds per stem. 10. Sweet Cherry Pie™ First Editions® This tree has the sweetest tasting cherries you’ve ever sampled. Fantastic for jams, jellies and pies!
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Choosing Your Hardscape How to Pick the Right Pavers for Your Project: Things to Consider 1. Type of Application
5. Brick Size & Shape
2. Site Conditions
6. Texture & Finish
Will you be creating a new sidewalk, driveway, pool deck, or patio? Will it be raised or ground level? Some pavers are thicker and better for heavier traffic; some are better than others when wet; some applications call for permeable pavers to handle water run-off. Determine what challenges you may incur from the area you’re working on. Permeable pavers are a perfect solution for certain situations such as negative slope. Overlays on top of existing concrete may call for a shorter or taller paver.
3. Colors & Borders
Not only does Unilock® have a large color selection to go along with your site, but you can also incorporate countless combinations of borders to help offset or make your project pop and differ from all the rest.
Some pavers have a smooth finish to exude a more formal clean and modern look. Others have a rough old world appeal. With Unilock® products you can find everything in between with pavers to fit the personality of any project.
You may prefer a single size paver in the simplest of patterns, or many sizes mixed and weaved through patterns that can’t be followed as easily. You may choose a more structured style of squares and rectangles or a more free form approach with flagstone shapes. Unilock® offers pavers with a smooth yet tumbled look to make it look aged; others are tumbled but have a textured top. Some mimic granite that has been ground down to a smooth texture, while others can have a brushed concrete effect. Consider different aspects of your project. For example, pavers around a pool should be easy on bare feet and be a color that doesn’t absorb heat.
A project can add up rather quickly depending on the project size and material choices. You need to take into account additional costs such as base stone, joint sand, sealers, edging, etc., when calculating what you can spend. When looking to take a budget friendly approach, try using a less expensive paver for the main portion of your project and splurge extra on the borders and other accents to end with an elegant and finished look.
8. Project Size
Small sidewalks may be done easier with smaller pavers while big open plans may look better with larger bricks. Small bricks not only take longer to lay but can become too busy and hard on the eyes. Consider breaking up areas with different pavers to add interest. And with most things in life, the bigger it is, the more it will cost.
9. Existing Features
A cottage style house may go better with a more rustic paver while a more modern home with a lot of straight lines and a squared roof may look better with something more sleek. Dark borders will also add for a more modern look. Keep your paver choices consistent with your existing features for a cohesive look.
Some Unilock pavers are coated with multiple layers of sealer at the factory for the ultimate stain resistance and durability. Many Unilock® pavers are also now made with Endura Color Plus Technology so pavers are less susceptible to long term ware. Though sealers are not required they are recommended to help extend the life of your pavers, sealers may also help enhance their color.
Follow These 10 Steps Before Hiring a Landscape Contractor
NWILA is a non-profit trade association for landscape contractors and suppliers, promoting and setting professional standards for the green industry.
1. Outline Your Needs: Decide how a
6. Visit a Job in Progress: Ask to see a
2. Do Your Homework: Ask how long the
7. Lay It Out: Ask the company to provide
landscape contractor can help you. company has been in business.
3. Pick Your Pro: Select a landscape company that is licensed, bonded, and insured.
4. Choose Your Style: Decide what you are looking for in a landscape design.
5. Concerning Guarantees: Find out
what is and isn’t covered by contract and insurance, and how long it remains in effect for guarantee.
project that will be similar to your request.
a written plan and/or contract prior to agreement.
8. When The Job’s Done: Let the chosen company know whether or not you want to care for areas of the landscape yourself once everything is installed.
9. Moving Forward: Know which services are provided in ongoing maintenance.
10. Learn more! To find a local contractor near you, visit: www.nwila.org
Even the professionals prefer Alsip Home & Nursery’s quality landscape materials and service. Alsip in St. John, In was voted Northwest Indiana Landscape Association’s Vendor of the Year for 2014!
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Your Staycation Awaits 3 Simple Steps to Creating Your Own Special Getaway Right From Home! 1. Peace & Quiet
Whether it be the front porch, a corner of the garden, or a specially made space like a gazebo or patio; make sure you find an area you can escape to. This area should create a sense of calm to your senses, out of the way of your daily grind. Find scents, colors, textures and even sounds that make you happy and implement them into the setting with plants, candles, wind chimes or other accents that exude a serene atmosphere.
2. Comfort & Relaxation
Are you looking for a space to unwind? Don’t let uncomfortable seating get in your way. Try out different furniture styles to grasp how you’re wanting to relax and make sure you find the right cushions to lounge in. When you create your getaway, make sure to take all things into consideration. Will you be in direct sun? Be sure to add an umbrella or outdoor covering, because sunburn is not relaxing!
3. Elegance & Luxury
Treat yourself to an extra special piece you know that you can enjoy. Patio furniture is already a big investment. Make sure you’re not settling on lack of quality or durability to save a few dollars. On vacation, most of us tend to splurge on something we’re not getting at home. Why not create your own lap of luxury right in your backyard that you can visit whenever you want?
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April 5th & 12th: 12 PM - 3 PM
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Includes kit, snack, and a meeting with Tinkerbell!
April 19th: St. John 10 AM | Frankfort 2 PM
May 24th: 10 AM | Fee: $50, RSVP Required
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Kids dress up & create stepping stone & meet Iron Man!
April 26th: 1 PM
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May 3rd: 11 AM | RSVP Required, Fee: $10
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CONTAINER GARDENING WORKSHOP
KIDS MOVIE NIGHT
Learn, create & take home a stunning planter!
$5 for each extra child. Includes popcorn & lemonade!
May 10th: 11 AM|Fee: $40
June 28th: 7 PM | Fee: $10
Miniature Gardens Gardener’s Are Getting Extra Creative With Fairy Sized Landscapes What Is Miniature / Fairy Gardening?
You may have noticed miniature gardens set up around our stores, online, or in a neighbor’s yard. Miniature gardening has recently become the largest trend, partially because it’s a way for gardeners to enjoy their hobby on a small scale. Fairy Gardening can be adapted both indoors and outdoors in any small space including containers, birdbaths and more.
Plants For Fairy Gardens
Irish and Scottish mosses are a nice way to add color as a grassy surface for your fairies to lie on. But you can use an any array of annuals, perennials, houseplants and ground covers. Create different styles of gardens by using varieties of plants you’re drawn to. For example you may want to create your Fairy Garden entirely out of succulents or herbs.
Fairy Garden Accessories
Most of the enjoyment you gain from this trend comes from decorating with a variety of miniature accessories. We carry a line of different stones to line your pathways, tables, chairs, benches, gazebos and arbors. Anything and everything you need to make your perfect Fairy Garden!
Next Generation Gardening
Another great aspect of Fairy Gardening is it’s a great way to get the kids interested in gardening. They’re easy to manage, fun to decorate and a wonderful activity for the entire family to enjoy together. Let the kids include their own weather proof action figures, doll house furniture or racecars if they please.
Try It For Yourself!
The possibilities are endless, as with any garden. Just remember it’s all about your creativity so use your imagination and start gardening!
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Over 200 Rescued 29 Animals & Counting How Alsip Home & Nursery Made the Change to a 100% Rescue Initiative Transformation
In late 2011, Alsip Home & Nursery took in it’s first rescue dog and matched it to a new home with great success. From there Alsip has made tremendous strides to further assist in finding loving homes for rescues, along with other efforts provided to the aid of service and police dogs. In 2012 Alsip took on Gus, a rescue from the Lake County Animal Shelter. It was Alsip CEO, Rich Christakes who gave Gus his foever home. He and his family instantly fell in love with Gus, who further ignited Rich’s passion for the cause.
The Big Announcement
As of January 2014, Alsip Home & Nursery officially made the announcement of a 100% Rescue Initiative. In the past, Alsip Home & Nursery purchased puppies from USDA approved local hobby breeders and brokers of those breeders, but the guarantee of origin wasn’t up to our standards and a change for the better was set into motion. Alsip Home & Nursery has tapped into the massive network of rescue organizations, the Humane Society of the United States, and the help of Dr. Coyne, owner of the veterinary facilities located within Alsip, for support.
The outpouring of positive response has been delightfully overwhelming. Alsip celebrated a grand “re-opening” of their pet department this February 22nd and 23rd with a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the fully transformed Adoption Center. During the event, both rescue animals from Alsip and local organizations placed pets into their new forever homes.
In Loving Memory of Encore On behalf of the entire Alsip Home & Nursery team, our hearts go out with sympathy to Marge, the loving owner of Encore, the CCI Dog.
Top: Alsip to the RESCUE! Adoption Center ribbon cutting ceremony was honored with support of the Humane Society of the United States and many local shelters and organizations from the community. Photo Credit: Jason Geil / For The HSUS Bottom: Rich Christakes and his rescue dog Gus. Photo Credit: Fetch Portraits FRANKFORT, IL: RT 45 | PH: 815-469-1044 ST. JOHN, IN: US 41 | PH: 219-365-0882
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