When you mow the lawn, make the most of it by leaving the grass clippings where they fall.
“That half-inch of grass leaves you snip off every week contains a lot of useful nutrients,” said Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “Don’t just throw them away. Leave them where they fall.”
The same pots that burst with bright annuals this summer can provide color, texture, and interest this winter, according to Abigail Rea, manager of horticulture at The Morton Arboretum. Many of the materials can be found right in your garden. Rea offers tips for interesting holiday containers.