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Introduction: Hummingbirds and Flowers Plants that attract hummingbirds usually have one thing in common, the flower! Most hummingbird friendly flowers are tube shaped. Consequently, the flower and beak shape match perfectly. The following article will show some hardy hummingbird favorites. Why do Hummingbirds visit? Hummingbirds sometimes choose to visit our gardens, which is always a… Read more »

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Introduction Pavers come in many shapes and sizes. The most common materials used are Concrete, Clay, and Natural Stone. Each type of brick is unique and has its own special use. Price differences are common between materials but do overlap in some instances. In this blog we will discuss the pros and cons to each… Read more »

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Introduction Pests and Diseases are common in most areas. Here are 3 Common plant pest and disease problems for the south side of Chicago. Pest and disease issues will vary by location. This article will explain three common pest and disease issues and how to mitigate them. Pests and Diseases: Pest: Japanese Beetle Japanese beetles… Read more »

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Prairifire Crabapple Malus x ‘Prairifire’ Introduction Hi guys! If you are new here you probably do not know me. Let me introduce myself! My name is Winston and I joined the Bret-Mar Family a few years ago when my mom, Ashley adopted me. I am now the resident pup horticulturist. I write articles about my… Read more »

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Cornus sericea: Red Twig Dogwood The Red Twig Dogwood is one of my favorite shrubs for winter! This shrub is great for so many reasons! This article will explain traits, growing conditions, planting options, and care of the Red Twig Dogwood. Traits If you want something other than an evergreen to provide winter interest, this… Read more »