It’s cold and gray outside but you can warm up your home with some live greenery. Plus houseplants improve the quality of the air we breathe. Choose from a nice selection of ivy, African violets, rosemary, Norfolk Island pine, blooming cyclamen and easy-to-grow succulents.
Here are a few tips to keeping your houseplants looking good in winter Read more [+]
A cut Christmas tree can add warmth, fragrance and nostalgia to your home. Here are a few tips to keep yours fresh during the holidays. Read more [+]
Effingers has a large selection of milkweed to choose from. Milkweed is the sole source of food for the monarch caterpillar. Read more [+]
The plight of the monarch butterfly has increased the demand for milkweed exponentially over the last few years. While the monarch butterfly is the poster child for pollinators, other important endangered pollinators include birds, bats, bees, beetles, moths and wasps. Read more [+]
When temperatures head south, 45°- 50° it’s time to bring your summer loving houseplants indoors. No matter what measures you take, there’s bound to be a little shock. Most plants thrive in our warm humid summer weather and pout when brought into dry heated indoor air. But it’s important to minimize the risk of unwanted pests hitchhiking indoors and aggravating the transition.
• Check your plants carefully, especially the intersections between leaves and stems and the leaf undersides for insects. If visible, pick off or hose plant leaves with a gentle steady stream of water.
• Next, check for soil dwelling insects. Scratch the surface of the soil and top few inches. If possible, slip the plant out of its pot and check for bugs at the bottom of the pot near the drainage hole.
• If your plants aren’t too big, a simple effective way to eliminate both soil and foliage pests, is to dunk the entire plant in a bucket of water with a few drops of dish soap. Let soak, tops and all for about 10 mins. Of course, this is easiest done outside but a bathtub works well indoors.
• With large houseplants this method is impractical. An insecticidal drench can be applied to the soil of bigger pots, also easier done outside. It’s important to soak the entire soil column and let the drench drain through the bottom, eliminating any pesky critters near the drainage hole.
• After bringing your plants indoors, keep your eyes on them for a few weeks. If pests still pop up, we can help you with a safe indoor spray.
• Final tip, a clean humidifier works wonders for your indoor plants during the dry winter months.
Autumn is one of the best times of year to plant flowering shrubs, evergreens and trees in southern Illinois. Read more [+]
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Bees are in trouble. Habitat loss, pesticide exposure and disease have wreaked havoc with our native bee populations. Here is some interesting bee trivia: most bee species are solitary or not formed in colonies, males cannot sting and bees pollinate one third of the food we eat. But you don’t have to become a bee keeper to help. Here are a few simple things that home gardeners can do. Read more [+]
There’s really not much to do getting your plants ready for winter. But a few easy steps make the difference between plants merely surviving and actually thriving despite the weather. These tips are especially important for newly planted evergreens, trees and shrubs. Read more [+]
Plant breeders are geeks. But they know that many of us want smaller sized versions of our favorite shrubs and plants that bloom all season. Classic shrubs like lilac, hydrangea, butterfly bush, and weigela have been bred to rebloom and stay smaller. Read more [+]