Category Archives: Gardening Basics

Timing For Crabgrass Prevention

Crabgrass prevention is important in lawn care, and timing is key to ensuring success. Knowing when to apply pre-emergent herbicides and other products can help you prevent crabgrass from taking over your lawn. Understanding the best times for application will also help you save money by avoiding unnecessary treatments. The time for crabgrass prevention is […]

How To Determine Your Grass Type

Spring is a great time to reseed your lawn. And most homeowners like to match the grass type that is currently growing. Lawns and in central Ohio, as well as most of the state, are a combination typically of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, fine fescue and turf type tall fescue. So it’s usually not just […]

Blueberry Bush Care

Plump, juicy berries are now easy to grow in your backyard on bushes that are resistant to most pests and diseases, and can produce for up to 20 years. How to plant blueberry bushes. Select a sunny, sheltered spot. Blueberries thrive in soil that is acidic. The soil pH should ideally be between 4 and […]

Window Box Prep

Have you ever considered trying window boxes across the front of your house? The soil mixture you use is extremely important in the success of how well your plants will do this season. Above all, don’t use garden soil. You want something that’s going to hold the moisture, because window boxes drain pretty well. Using […]

Killing Wild Onions In Your Yard

Wild onions in your yard. What to do? Wild onions (Allium canadense) can be found in many gardens and lawns, and wherever they are found, a frustrated gardener is sure to be found nearby. These difficult to control weeds are the bane of many gardens, but with determination and a little hard work, you can […]

Storage Methods Can Affect Plant Seeds Longetivy

Seed packets are an essential part of gardening and can be used for multiple seasons. Your seed packets from over the past few seasons may or may not be worth using this season, depending on where you stored them, and the type of seeds they contain. Seeds are alive, but they don’t live forever. When […]

Non-invasive Ground Covers

We often get this question at Dill’s Greenhouse… Is there any kind of perennial ground cover that is not too intrusive, that could grow around my plants slowly, that would it look a little nicer, and I could manage? The answer is yes, “but.” The “but” part is that you’re going to be adding one […]

Are Lilies Poisonous to Cats?

We don’t want to discourage anyone from going out and getting a beautiful Easter lily because that is the thing to do right now, but do Easter Lilies and cats mix? The short answer is no! Please use EXTREME caution when bringing in flowers, bouquets, and new plants into your cat-friendly household. Easter lilies are […]

Core Aeration in the Spring

Is springtime a good time to do core aeration? Actually you can core aerate in the spring. Do it before you put down any crabgrass preventer. If you’ve already put down a crabgrass preventer, then core aeration will break down that weed prevention barrier that you just put down. So do the core aeration first, […]

Plant division, the importance of understanding your plant’s needs

Let’s start with plant division. This is a process where a mature plant is separated into smaller sections, each with its own roots and stems. This practice is beneficial for a multitude of reasons.  It helps control the size of the plant, preventing it from becoming overcrowded.  It also allows for the creation of new […]