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How to create your own butterfly garden!
Butterflies, pollinators and nectar feeders will love a garden of mixed masses of flowers.  Here are a few popular choices to attract butterflies to your garden. Allium (early bloomer) Is a spring bloomer, so a great source for the ...
More worm talk!
We have mentioned Vermicompost many times before because we stand behind this process and how it can change your lawn and garden’s health. We believe in it so much that we have become an authorized dealer.  You are welcome to ...
Shapes in the landscape.
Have you ever seen a tree or shrub planted too close to a house or structure that it has to be pruned back so hard it loses its natural form? I have many times. All trees come in different shapes ...
Bring flowers inside with a cutting garden.
I love a good vegetable garden.  You get the benefit of home grown herbs and veggies and the satisfaction of doing it  yourself.  But I also love flowers!  That is why I also plant a small cutting garden so that ...
Drainage Problems as Garden Opportunities.
As a lifetime baseball player, I recall wet cleats from early spring practices. If you are a pet owner, maybe this translates into muddy paws needing to be wiped off every time you let your four legged friend in through ...
Watch for Boxwood Blight this Spring!
Having a nursery of our own at Van Zelst, Inc. we strive to stay on top of new plant diseases and insect pests. The topic that many growers in our area have been discussing is boxwood blight. With the number ...
It all starts with an idea…
We all love making plans. Whether it’s dinner plans, vacation plans, or garden parties, having a plan is a great way to start things off on the right track. A cohesive design that ties the whole garden together makes all ...
Spring to do list…
Now that the days are getting longer, that only means one thing…spring is around the corner!  So let’s take a minute and plan out our spring to do list. First things first you’ll want to do a thorough clean up ...
What Does it Cost to Create a Beautiful, Sustainable Landscape?
There are many metaphors we have thrown out over the years to prospective clients, friends, and even family when answering questions relating to the costs associated with landscaping. Most questions start with, "What would it cost for me to..." Plant ...
Let’s talk about 3D models
At Van Zelst we believe that one of the most valuable tools to show a client is a 3D rendering of their potential project. A rendered plan is wonderful in many ways, but to an untrained eye – it can ...
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