Welcome To Breezy Hill Garden Center
Breezy Hill Nursery Garden Center was designed to inspire and motivate. Our ability to produce locally grown plants allows us to provide eco-conscious consumers a green product at significant cost savings. From designer stone and terra-cotta planters to exotic plant species, we have many products that will fill any niche. For the do-it-yourselfers or for those that need a little guidance, we have the staff to start you in the right direction. If you’re simply looking for ideas, this is the place to begin.
Our Garden Center stretches over 28 acres and is centrally located between Lake Geneva and Kenosha. It consists of a state of the art green house, balled & burlaped nursery stock, plant production houses, containerized nursery stock, Retail Garden Center and much more. It is staffed by over 20 individuals who have dedicated their lives to the green industry, making them qualified to answer any of your questions.
- Fall is still a fantastic time to plant. Actually, it’s almost like a second spring. Now is the time to plant shrubs, trees and evergreens to give them plenty of time to establish their roots before the upcoming winter; change out those faded summer annuals with fall color, cold tolerant substitutes and more.
- October is a great time to plant spring flowering bulbs. If you did not plant them last month, there is still time. The earlier they are planted, the better the chances that they will develop substantial root systems before soil temperatures get too low. Once the ground has started to freeze, apply a light mulch to the later planted bulbs. This may prevent the ground from freezing and allow the bulbs to root better.
- There is still time to reseed damaged places in the lawn. But, by the middle of the month it will be risky to seed. The plants will germinate but may not be big enough to survive the winter.
- Dig up parsley, chive, rosemary, thyme, basil oregano, sage and any other herb you may need for the winter. Shake off as much soil as you can and pot them using artificial potting soil. Garden soil will not work in pots. Herbs can grow under the lights until you need them for planting. Or set them in a cool, bright window and clip off sprigs as you need them.
- Almost all deciduous shrubs can be planted in the fall. The rhododendrons and the shrubby small fruit are best planted in spring, however. Container grown, balled-and-burlapped, and bare-root plants are once again plentiful in the nurseries and garden centers.
- Bright, sunny days and cool nights bring out the best in the fall color of shrubs. The sumac has been bright red for weeks and is now joined by Burning Bushes, Choke Cherries, Spice Bushes, Smoke Bushes, Hedge Maples, Arrowwood Viburnums, Witchhazels and more.
- Some garden annuals make good dried flowers. While the plants are still in good condition, pick fully open flowers. Asters, Zinnias, Blue Salvia, Straw Flowers, Globe Amaranths and some others dry well, resist shattering and maintain their color. Tie them in loose bunches and hang them upside down in a warm, dry place. A fan will speed up the drying process. For fleshy flowers, use a drying agent such as silica gel. Layer the flowers in a box and cover them with the material. Either process you use, once they are dry, use the flowers to make arrangements. The holidays are near, dried arrangements can add to the festive mood.
- October is about the latest you will want to plant ground covers and vines. Soak new plants thoroughly to settle the soil and provide sufficient water for winter.
- Some ornamental grasses hold up well into winter with their flower heads persisting. The seeds of some provide for small birds in early winter.
- If local ordinances such as in rural areas permit the burning of leaves in your neighborhood, burning them is a way of reducing their bulk. The leaves cannot stay on the lawn or they will smother the grass. If there are not too many or if the leaves are tiny, shred them with your mower and leave them where they fell. They will filter into the lawn where microorganisms will decompose them, recycling the nutrients. This is beneficial to the trees and to the lawn. Remove larger leaves or great volumes of them by raking, vacuuming or picking them up with a power mower and bagger.Like help with this project? Give Breezy Hill a call and schedule your fall clean up today. 262-537-2111.