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Plant Disease Alert: Boxwood Blight

Plant Disease Alert: Boxwood Blight

We love boxwood here at 317grow. It’s one of our favorite evergreens for its adaptability and tidy appearance. Right now it might be one of the only shrubs in your landscape with color beyond dull grays and browns. But boxwoods are under threat from a quick-acting and deadly virus: boxwood blight.

Stone in the Landscape

Stone in the Landscape

Starting a new landscaping project is exciting but it can be stressful as well, especially when deciding on building materials. Believe it or not, stone plays a huge role in landscaping projects which is why it is so important to pick the one that works best for you. Whether you are needing it for pavement, stepping stones, a new fireplace, or as lawn edging, it is important to know which selection of stone would be perfect for the job.

Is my tree dead?

Is my tree dead?

We were brainstorming ideas for blog posts last year based on common customer questions. While many questions can be answered broadly in a blog post like this, others are highly specific to a place and time. Today's question, "Is my tree dead?" falls at the intersection of the two types of questions. To assess any individual tree it would be most helpful to see it in person, but there are three helpful tricks to see if a tree is dead or just stressed or a species that is slow to come back in the spring.

Cold Snaps and Spring Blooms

Cold Snaps and Spring Blooms

Our temperatures have been all over the place this winter, and we had especially warm weather just a few weeks ago. Most plants use temperature as an important cue in deciding when to break dormancy, so you have probably seen bulbs coming up much earlier than usual.

8 Things You Might Not Know About Indiana811

8 Things You Might Not Know About Indiana811

Call before you dig - it's a phrase we've all heard at least a dozen times. But why is it so important? Careless digging can cause serious damage to people, property, and the environment. Even a less serious problem from damaged utilities, like losing TV service for a few days, can cause major headaches. As a landscape company, we work with Indiana811 a lot, so I asked some of our team members to share 8 things you might not know about Indiana811.

Make Your Yard a Winter Wonderland

Make Your Yard a Winter Wonderland

Winter is upon us, and the world outside our windows has become a lot more grey and dreary. When we approach a new design, it is not at all unusual for the client to request that we include plants that will look interesting all year round. For most, their mind will automatically turn to evergreens, but there are so many more plants that can light up the winter landscape in other ways.

Guest Post: Caring for Poinsettias

Guest Post: Caring for Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a favorite around the holidays. While they are available in a variety of colors, they are most popular in their red variety. Their bright and cheery appearance can dress up any home for the holiday season as a festive centerpiece or addition to Christmas decor.  However, once the Christmas season has passed, it can be a challenge to get you poinsettia to rebloom. That is why FTD has put together a guide to the basics of poinsettia care and tips and tricks on how to get yours to bloom once the holiday season has passed. Enjoy! 

Plant Disease Alert: Boxwood Blight

Plant Disease Alert: Boxwood Blight

Just last week we highlighted boxwood as December's plant of the month, and there I alluded to a new disease that poses a major threat to boxwoods: boxwood blight. Today we'll go into more depth on why this fungal disease is so serious, how to spot it, and what to do if you think you've seen it.

Plant Disease Alert: Rose Rosette Disease

Plant Disease Alert: Rose Rosette Disease

Roses have always been a favorite garden plant, and with the introduction of easy-to-grow Knockout roses anyone can enjoy blooms all summer. But lately we've been seeing a spike in a disease that will ruin your roses: rose rosette disease. If you want to keep your roses, the disease must be caught early and cut out aggressively. So we want you to know the warning signs.

Beyond Hostas: Shade Plants Galore!

Beyond Hostas: Shade Plants Galore!

Many of us have yards with shaded areas, but I get a lot of questions asking what the plant options are beyond hostas. Don't get me wrong, I love hostas - there are so many unique varieties, and bees and hummingbirds can't get enough of the flowers. But they are prone to slug and deer damage, and it's not crazy to want a little bit of something different. Below I've come up with 40 different plants for shade - some prefer dappled sunlight, and others can take pretty dense shade.