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Pumpkins: A Fall Fave

Pumpkin pals | Spotts Garden Service

Nothing is more emblematic of the fall garden—and Halloween—than a bright orange pumpkin. We present to you a few facts about fall’s favorite crop.

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Garden Horror: Invasive Plants

Just in time for Halloween, we turn our attention to plants guaranteed to give gardeners and environmentalists of all stripes nightmares. We speak, of course, of invasive plants. The USDA National Invasive Species Information Center defines an invasive plant as one that

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A Word about Acorns


Squirrels aside, we often see acorns as just a nuisance and a tripping hazard. But the truth is, their utility is only limited by your imagination!

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Look Up! A Tree Walk

Street Trees | Spotts Garden Service

Trees are immensely valuable in the home landscape. Their shade helps cool our urban streets. They act as home to a host of creatures, insects to birds to squirrels. They reduce water runoff, fight air pollution, and take up carbon dioxide.

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The Return of the Mum (Maybe)

Mum | Spotts Garden Service

Every fall, magazines show picture-perfect scenes of lush fall mums perking up front porches. And every year, people ask us whether they can plant mums in the garden as a perennial. Our answer is—maybe. Mums fall into two main camps: florist

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You Bet Your Aster

Aster and false cypress | Spotts Garden Service

For fall fireworks, it’s hard to beat asters. With the starry flowers for which they’re named (aster means star in Greek) and wide range of colors, they are a reliable source of flower color when changing leaves are stealing the

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Top 5 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects

Yellow yarrow | Spotts Garden Service

Gardens benefit from a wide range of beneficial insects: those that either prey on other insects (predators) or insects that lay their eggs within other insects (parasitoids). While that visual may bring to mind a horror movie, these beneficial insects

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Sunflower Days

Sunflower | Spotts Garden Service

A sure sign of late summer is the appearance of sunflower heads—both in gardens and on door wreaths! With their radiant color and sun-disc shape, sunflowers just seem to go with the hazy days of late summer. While sunflowers may

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Order Bulbs Now for Fall Planting!

Anemone blanda | Spotts Garden Service

Summer is the right time to start thinking about what bulbs we want to add to the garden. We order bulbs in late August to get the best selection, then store them until we’re ready to plant in October and November. Let

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5 Indiana Native Plants You Might Not Know Are Native

Phlox paniculata | Spotts Garden Service

There’s more to Indiana native plants than just coneflowers and black-eyed susans!

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