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North Creek's weekly informative blog about the Landscape Plug™, gardening, design, native plants, and garden ecology!

THE PLUG© - Week 4419: Rethinking the lawn

THE PLUG© - Week 4419: Rethinking the lawn

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/rethinking-the-lawn

Our top native plant picks to use an alternative to lawn

THE PLUG© - Week 4319: Entering Dormancy

THE PLUG© - Week 4319: Entering Dormancy

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-theyre-not-dying

Are they dying?! Nope, plants shipping now are just going to sleep!

THE PLUG© - Week 4119: Plant failures in garden design

THE PLUG© - Week 4119: Plant failures in garden design

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-garden-design-plant-failures

Figuring out how and why a plant didn't perform in garden design

THE PLUG© - Week 4019: Gardening is for the birds!

THE PLUG© - Week 4019: Gardening is for the birds!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-bringing-birds-in-the-the-garden

Here's how to bring birds into the garden with the best native perennial plants to provide food + shelter. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3919: Lookout for seed!

THE PLUG© - Week 3919: Lookout for seed!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-increasing-your-garden-plants

Increase your garden plants easily - now is an excellent time to look out for ripening seed. What to look for and our lazy gardener hacks on the easiest ways to grow natives from seed!

THE PLUG© - Week 3819: Rodent Issues

THE PLUG© - Week 3819: Rodent Issues

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-rodent-problems

I got 99 problems but a chipmunk ain't one! Keeping chipmunks, rabbits, and other small animals out of your garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3719: Shade Groundcovers

THE PLUG© - Week 3719: Shade Groundcovers

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-more-than-vinca

More than vinca... beautiful colors and textures to use in low-maintenance shady spots!

THE PLUG© - Week 3619: Classic Foundation Plantings

THE PLUG© - Week 3619: Classic Foundation Plantings

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-classic-looks

Plants for a foundation planting that are low-maintenance, easy, and beautiful!

THE PLUG© - Week 3519: Deer Tolerance

THE PLUG© - Week 3519: Deer Tolerance

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-deer-in-the-garden

Everything you need to know on what to do to prevent deer pressure in the garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3419: Late-Blooming Winners

THE PLUG© - Week 3419: Late-Blooming Winners

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-late-season-knock-outs

Perennials that can take a beating and stay on top. Flower power that doesn't just WOW but helps local insects. We're taking a look at some late-season native champions for a fall show. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3319: Exploring Coreopsis

THE PLUG© - Week 3319: Exploring Coreopsis

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-coreopsis-blooms

From swamps to hillsides, there's a Coreopsis for every garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3219: Planting Windows

THE PLUG© - Week 3219: Planting Windows

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-planting-windows

When should you plant our Landscape Plugs? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to each time frame in the growing season to figure out your ideal planting window. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3019: Full-Sun Perennials around Black Walnut

THE PLUG© - Week 3019: Full-Sun Perennials around Black Walnut

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-sunny-black-walnut-tolerance

Do you have a black walnut tree removed from your garden site recently? Here are our top picks for full-sun perennials tolerant of black walnut to put in your garden, a continuation from Plug post. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3119: Visit a Public Garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3119: Visit a Public Garden!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-visit-a-public-garden

See our Landscape Plugs in action by checking out plants in public spaces! Here are some recommendations for great public gardens to visit, state-by-state.

THE PLUG© - Week 2919: Bird Protection

THE PLUG© - Week 2919: Bird Protection

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-foul-water-fowl

How to protect your newly-installed landscape from persistent waterfowl pests

THE PLUG© - Week 2819: Deeply Rooted

THE PLUG© - Week 2819: Deeply Rooted

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-deep-roots

Why use prairie plants? Grow deeper as we explore the benefits of natives with deep roots and how they can boost your garden and its design. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2719: Summer Irrigation

THE PLUG© - Week 2719: Summer Irrigation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-summer-irrigation

How to irrigate your newly planted Landscape Plugs through the summer, the signs of drought stress and an overview of different forms of irrigation to decide what is best for you and your site.

THE PLUG© - Week 2619: Massive Flower Bloom!

THE PLUG© - Week 2619: Massive Flower Bloom!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-seasonal-color-event

A month-by-month list of our favorite perennials to create a massive seasonal bloom event in the garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 2519: Maintenance Schedules Pt 2

THE PLUG© - Week 2519: Maintenance Schedules Pt 2

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-maintenance-schedules-part-two

A deeper look into scheduling large landscape maintenance with two free downloadable documents to help you plan!

THE PLUG© - Week 2419: Beyond Asters

THE PLUG© - Week 2419: Beyond Asters

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-aster-relatives

Utilizing Aster-relatives for filling the perennial garden with durable blooms all summer long.

THE PLUG© - Week 2319: Maintenance Schedules

THE PLUG© - Week 2319: Maintenance Schedules

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-maintenance-schedules

A look into the calendar year for maintenance and care of large landscapes to plan and schedule weed controls methods

Download Additional Information

THE PLUG© - Landscape Maintenance Schedule

THE PLUG© - Week 2119: Geranium Blooms

THE PLUG© - Week 2119: Geranium Blooms

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-geranium-bloom

A guide to the Geraniums we offer and when they bloom

THE PLUG© - Week 2019: Hands-on Landscape Plug Workshop

THE PLUG© - Week 2019: Hands-on Landscape Plug Workshop

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-hands-on-workshop

Join us, as part of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, in using plants to tune into the power of green infrastructure!

THE PLUG© - Week 1919: Plants for the South

THE PLUG© - Week 1919: Plants for the South

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-southern-plants

For the humid heat and acidic clay soils of The South, we give a list of 100+ native plants that can survive even the swampiest of weather!

THE PLUG© - Week 1819: Using an Auger

THE PLUG© - Week 1819: Using an Auger

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-easier-landscape-installation

Installing hundreds of Landscape Plugs but short on time? We introduce you to our favorite spring planting tool, the 3" auger. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1719: Installation Date Delayed

THE PLUG© - Week 1719: Installation Date Delayed

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-installation-delays

What to do if your installation date is delayed...

THE PLUG© - Week 1619: SET IT ALL ON FIRE!

THE PLUG© - Week 1619: SET IT ALL ON FIRE!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-fire-as-a-tool

Controlled burns as a landscape management tool

THE PLUG© - Week 1519: Mertensia viriginica only available in spring

THE PLUG© - Week 1519: Mertensia viriginica only available in spring

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-mertenisa-virginica

Why are Virginia bluebells only available in spring? What about Celandine poppy?

THE PLUG© - Week 1419: What to expect with your Landscape Plugs™

THE PLUG© - Week 1419: What to expect with your Landscape Plugs™

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-new-to-north-creek

New to working with North Creek? Here is what to expect with our Landscape Plugs

THE PLUG© - Week 1319: Cool-Season Weed Control

THE PLUG© - Week 1319: Cool-Season Weed Control

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-cool-season-weed-control

Things are growing again...! But they're mostly weeds. A look at weed control timing. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1219: Evergreen Basal Rosettes

THE PLUG© - Week 1219: Evergreen Basal Rosettes

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-evergreen-basal-rosettes

Using what's there- utilizing a plant's characteristics for design + function

THE PLUG© - Week 2318: After Installation

THE PLUG© - Week 2318: After Installation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries.com/the-plug-is-back

Monitoring your new Landscape Plugs

THE PLUG© - Week 3018: The Value of Mulch

THE PLUG© - Week 3018: The Value of Mulch

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries.com/week-30-the-value-of-mulch

To mulch or not to mulch? The use of mulch in the landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 3118: Irrigation

THE PLUG© - Week 3118: Irrigation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries.com/site-irrigation-3118

How long should I water? The importance of irrigating newly-installed plugs in your landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 3218: Sedge Swap

THE PLUG© - Week 3218: Sedge Swap

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries.com/carex-swaps-for-planting

Want to try something new? Here are 4 other plants to try beyond Pennsylvania sedge, Carex pensylvanica

THE PLUG© - Week 3518: Rain Gardens

THE PLUG© - Week 3518: Rain Gardens

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-whats-a-little-rain

What's a little rain? Checking in with our 3-year-old rain garden and learning how rain gardens help with flooding after a storm

THE PLUG© - Week 3618: Weed Management

THE PLUG© - Week 3618: Weed Management

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-what-weed-is-that

The first step to weed management is properly identifying common weeds. Here are some of the most common weeds found in the Mid-Atlantic with recommended strategies for their control and removal.  

THE PLUG© - Week 3718: This Instead of That

THE PLUG© - Week 3718: This Instead of That

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-this-instead-of-that

Here are our favorite Top 10 Native Plants to plant en masse outcompete the weeds as part of your weed management strategy

THE PLUG© - Week 3818: Warm-Season Grass Installation

THE PLUG© - Week 3818: Warm-Season Grass Installation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-now-is-the-time

Now is the time! When to have your warm-season grasses installed at your project

THE PLUG© - Week 3918: Garden Tours

THE PLUG© - Week 3918: Garden Tours

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-first-friday-garden-tours

Ever wanted to visit North Creek Nurseries? Come to our First Friday Garden Tour, the 1st Friday of every month to learn about our plants, how we do things, and maybe, a little inspiration. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4018: Aster Bloom

THE PLUG© - Week 4018: Aster Bloom

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-aster-bloom-1340621

With over a dozen different Asters available from North Creek, here is our bloom chart to make sense of the collection and to stagger your garden bloom time for massive effect!

THE PLUG© - Week 4118: Brookside Gardens

THE PLUG© - Week 4118: Brookside Gardens

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-brookside-gardens

Visiting Brookside Gardens in Maryland, two years after renovating their parking lot using the Landscape Plug

THE PLUG© - Week 4218: Waiting for Flowers

THE PLUG© - Week 4218: Waiting for Flowers

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-worth-the-wait

Investing in your garden: three of our favorite spring-time bloomers with flower power that is well worth the wait

THE PLUG© - Week 4318: Fall Garden Clean-up

THE PLUG© - Week 4318: Fall Garden Clean-up

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-fall-cutback

Timing your garden cutbacks: why we prefer cleaning up our garden in the spring over the fall

THE PLUG© - Week 4418: The Grave Gardeners!

THE PLUG© - Week 4418: The Grave Gardeners!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-worth-the-wait-1340673

Just in time for Halloween, we check out the beautiful work done to revitalize a local cemetery in Philadelphia with the Grave Gardeners

THE PLUG© - Week 4518: Garden Thugs

THE PLUG© - Week 4518: Garden Thugs

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-garden-thugs

Right plant, wrong place: when good plants go bad and take over your garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 4618: Attack of the jugalones!

THE PLUG© - Week 4618: Attack of the jugalones!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-black-walnut

There are black walnut trees everywhere! What to plant that tolerates black walnut jugalones

THE PLUG© - Week 4718: Turkey Grass for Thanksgiving

THE PLUG© - Week 4718: Turkey Grass for Thanksgiving

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-turkey-feet-for-turkeyday

The grass 'turkey feet' is actually beloved by turkeys?? A closer look at Andropogon gerardii 

THE PLUG© - Week 4818: Installation Sequence Matters!

THE PLUG© - Week 4818: Installation Sequence Matters!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-trees-shrubs-and-plugs

What came first? The plug before the shrub? The order to install a landscape and why

THE PLUG© - Week 4918: Wetland Indicator Status

THE PLUG© - Week 4918: Wetland Indicator Status

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-wetland-indicator-status

Wet feet or bone dry? How wetland indicator status helps identify suitable plant environments for planting design

THE PLUG© - Week 5018: Micropropagation

THE PLUG© - Week 5018: Micropropagation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-propagation-tissue-culture

Getting tiny! A closer look at tissue culture and micropropagation of plants

THE PLUG© - Week 5118: Division + Cuttings

THE PLUG© - Week 5118: Division + Cuttings

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-division-cuttings

Divide and Conquer! A closer look at propagation through division and cuttings

THE PLUG© - Week 0119: Seed Collection

THE PLUG© - Week 0119: Seed Collection

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-seed-propagation

Seeds for the future! A closer look at seed sowing and propagating our plants by seed

THE PLUG© - Week 0319: Cutting Back Hellebore

THE PLUG© - Week 0319: Cutting Back Hellebore

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-hellebore-cutbacks

When to cut-back foliage for the Hellebore and provide polish to the Lenten Rose

THE PLUG© - Week 0419: Integrated Pest Management

THE PLUG© - Week 0419: Integrated Pest Management

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-our-pledge-to-pollinators

North Creek Nurseries pest management: our pledge to the Pollinators, the People, and the Planet

THE PLUG© - Week 0519: Garden Cut-backs

THE PLUG© - Week 0519: Garden Cut-backs

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-cutting-back-the-garden

So it begins... cutting back and cleaning up your garden in time for spring!

THE PLUG© - Week 0619: Winter Seedheads

THE PLUG© - Week 0619: Winter Seedheads

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-winter-seedheads

The marriage of beauty + utility. Seedheads in the winter for form and food.

THE PLUG© - Week 0719: I-78 Landscape Plug™ Project

THE PLUG© - Week 0719: I-78 Landscape Plug™ Project

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-landscape-plugs-in-action

Landscape Plugs™ in action! Tour of a native plant planting along PA's I-78!

THE PLUG© - Week 0819: Green Mulch

THE PLUG© - Week 0819: Green Mulch

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-green-mulch

Living mulch! Choosing evergreen groundcover plants to prevent weed germination

THE PLUG© - Week 0919: Salt-Tolerant Planting Design

THE PLUG© - Week 0919: Salt-Tolerant Planting Design

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-salt-tolerant-plants

Please! I need plants that can take all this salt! Choosing plants with salt tolerance in the landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 1019: Shipments Arriving Now

THE PLUG© - Week 1019: Shipments Arriving Now

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-shipments-arriving-now

My plants have arrived and it's cold out! Now what? Fresh plants + cold weather = bad news

THE PLUG© - Week 1119: Breaking Dormancy

THE PLUG© - Week 1119: Breaking Dormancy

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-breaking-dormancy

Why do my plants look dead? Learning about vernalization and plugs breaking dormancy in spring