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Evaluating Garden Health

Milkweed | Spotts Garden Service

We’re big believers that the garden should reflect both the spirit of the place and the personality of the people who live and play in it. We’ve found the best way to keep our gardens moving in that direction is

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Feeding Birds in the Winter Garden

Finch and coneflower | Spotts Garden Service

As temperatures drop and food sources become a bit more scarce, birds can use extra help from gardeners. Consider feeding birds in your organic garden in late fall and winter, and encourage them with these strategies.

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A Word about Acorns

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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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The Bee-Friendly Garden

Bees in Caryopteris | Spotts Garden Service

June 20 to 26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week. Celebrate by supporting the pollinators in your garden, especially native bees! Give bees a chance with these tips for creating a bee-friendly garden.

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Plant for Pollinators!

Bees are in trouble. Plant a pollinator garden and help bring back the pollinators!

As you’re planning your garden this spring, consider ways to make your garden a haven for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

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Going Wild: Creating Wildlife Gardens

Turns out, we’ve been creating wildlife gardens without really planning to. At Spotts Garden Service, we’ve always focused on creating earth-friendly gardens that delight the people who live in them. That means using native plants where possible, making the garden

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Winterberry Wonder

For late-season interest in the organic garden, it’s hard to beat our native holly, the winterberry.  About Winterberry While sharp-toothed evergreen hollies hold their leaves all winter, Ilex verticillata loses its foliage. Green leaves turn yellow in fall, then drop

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Grow, Don’t Mow: Lawn Alternatives

During 2012’s drought-prompted ban on watering lawns, Indianapolis’s water use dropped by 40 million gallons per day. Turfgrass has become the largest irrigated crop in America (four times more water is used on turfgrass than on corn), and we can’t even

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The Front Garden

Metal tepees covered in runner beans to add vertical accents to this kitchen garden.

Here in America, we have enshrined the idea that the ideal front yard is one with a swathe of perfect green lawn, a tree or two, and a couple of foundation plantings. You can thank late 19th-century landscape architects for

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Beautyberry for Brilliant Berries in Fall

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As fall settles on the garden, one of our favorite underappreciated shrubs comes into its own. The beautyberries (Callicarpa species) are known for their amethyst-colored berries; the scientific name even means “beautiful seeded.” While best known for its fall berries, the beautyberry sports

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