March is a great time to start working on your lawn! Depending on the type of turf, you may have some early spring lawn care, or you could go play golf! If your lawn is Zoysia or Bermuda most of this article will not apply; this about “cool season” grasses and their early spring care. Kentucky Blue Grass, Rye, and Fescues make up what we refer to as “cool season” grass types and there are hundreds of varieties and types in each category.

The first step is to clean up the winter mess that is on your lawn; old leaves, sticks and twigs, bark, sweetgum balls and acorns. By removing the debris, what you apply to your lawn will actually reach the ground. If your mower is back from the winter tune up with a sharp blade, it is a good idea to mow on a low setting to remove the grass blades that have been damaged during winter. This also gives you a chance to evaluate your turf. Are there small bare spots or large ones? Do I need to seed? Are there weeds? Was crabgrass a problem last year? The answers to these questions will help plot your course of action for this spring. Click to read more...

It's that time of year...with so much springtime anticipation that you will start to notice the striking witchhazels in full bloom! The bright lacey yellow flowers help to make this shrub often mistaken for forsythia, but don't be confused, witchhazel flowers appear much earlier in the season. We like 'Arnold Promise' because this cultivar consistently blooms yellow and usually begins its winter show some time in February. Give witchhazel ample room as they can grow 10-12'; tall with a similar spread. Best flower occurs in bright sun but they will still perform in a semi-shady situation. Golden yellow fall foliage color can add a second season of interest.

Native Plant Program

Present a featured Native Plant Program for Spring 2016

featuring 8 lower Midwest native milkweed species:

  • Asclepias incarnatamarsh milkweed
  • Asclepias purpurascens – purple milkweed
  • Asclepias sullivantii – Sullivant’s milkweed
  • Asclepias syriaca – common milkweed
  • Asclepias tuberosa – butterfly milkweed
  • Asclepias verticillata – whorled milkweed
  • Asclepias viridiflora – green milkweed
  • Asclepias viridis – spider milkweed

featuring 11 plant species and associated native pollinators:

  • Baptisia australis – blue wild indigo
  • Hydrangea arborescens – wild hydrangea
  • Liatris scariosa – blazing star
  • Monarda fistulosa – bee balm
  • Packera obovata – golden groundsel
  • Penstemon digitalis – foxglove beardtongue
  • Pycnanthemum tenuifolium – slender mountain mint
  • Solidago speciosa – showy goldenrod
  • Symphyotrichum oblongifolium – aromatic aster
  • Vernonia arkansana – curlytop ironweed
  • Zizia aptera – heartleaf golden Alexander

To learn more about native plants and landscape application opportunites: