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Opening in Arlington Heights in March 2014!

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Come Alive Outside

Thinking back to your childhood, what do you remember? CAO is a reminder of what makes our lives healthy and our memories special.

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  • Cleaning up your garden and yard for Spring

    Even though it is still cold and damp, we will soon start having a sunny day or two to remind us that it will be time to Come Alive Outside.  That means it’s time to start planning and preparing how you want your landscape to look come spring time.  Before you can do anything with a new garden, you must clean out last year’s garden.  It’s important to not wait too late to begin your clean up as it is much easier to cut plants back before the old growth gets tangled with the new growth.

    Another tip for this time of year when the occasionally sunny day gets us excited for spring is to be on the look out for cold snaps.  Even though the warmer days are coming, Winter isn’t completely over yet, and when a cold snap comes in, don’t forget to cover your plants so they can withstand whatever mother nature throws at you.

    Lastly, as winter draws to a close, now is a great time to inspect your gardening tools.  This will help you determine which tools are in need of repair or replacement.  As with any job, having the correct and functional tool is paramount!  By getting your tools ready now, you can focus on the other aspects of your garden and landscape when it’s warm enough to be outside.

    These are just a few tips to help you get ready for spring.  We’d love to take the time to help you with all things related to your garden and yard.  Stop by one of our 4 existing locations for any garden or yard needs and let us work with you to get ready for spring!  Also be on the lookout for our new Lurvey Express location where you can find everything you expect from Lurvey in a compact and convenient location! We offer Unilock, Concrete and Clay Pavers, Landscape Lighting, Sod and more! Lurvey Express will complement our other locations, where you can also get Green Goods and our full line of Natural Stone.  Until next time, we'll see you “Around the Garden Center”!

  • Getting ready for "green" gardening

    As we continue to focus on planning for your spring garden, today we are going to talk about “Going Green” and all that can mean for your outside space.  As we discuss these tips today, think about how you can implement them into your garden plan, and always remember that all us us here at Lurvey welcome the opportunity to help you in your efforts.

    Gardening for sustainability will ease your work as the season progresses, because sustainable practices in the garden mean less maintenance - less watering, less pesticide treatment, less overall care for exotics not adapted to our climate, fewer problems in the landscape.

    As you continue to plan for spring, try to work these “green” strategies into your own:

    Organic soil amendments - use natural products rather than synthetic chemicals to provide added nutrients to the soil.

    Organic fertilizer for plants and lawns -  use natural products rather than synthetic chemicals to provide nutrients to vegetable plants, flowers and lawns.

    Organic pest, disease and weed control products - use natural products rather than chemicals to deter or kill pests, control weeds and treat fungal disease in plants.

    Water conservation supplies - give you options for collecting and reusing rain water or being more frugal in the use of tap water in the garden.

    Drainage supplies - provide a wide range of options for managing excess water on your property.

    LED lighting - conserves energy while providing excellent outdoor lighting options.

    Roof garden construction supplies and plants - for adding roof gardens to homes, sheds, and other structures.

    Microclover turf and salt toleratnt sod - for easy care low maintenance lawn options.

    Sustainable pavers and paver installation systems - including pavers that are made of reclaimed or recycled materials, or are permeable to aid in proper drainage on site.

    Easy-care plants - including plants that are tolerant of very wet or very dry conditions, plants for gardens that will attract butterflies or hummingbirds, plants that do well in harsh urban conditions, and more.

    At Lurvey we are committed to helping you find and use "green" products. The best way to include them is with proper planning during the winter months.  Stop by one of our locations and ask one of our friendly associates for help with your “green” garden project his year.  We will have a solution that will make your outdoor space come alive and be sustainable!  You can also take a look at our online “Plant Search” feature to get a jumpstart right now!  As always, we’ll see you “Around the Garden Center”!

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