Carefree Amaryllis

We are excited to announce the arrival of a new, easy care Amaryllis! 

All set and ready to bloom, this Amaryllis bulb comes mounted on a beautiful birch disc with winter greens, pine cones, and berries. Perfect for the busy holiday season, this amazing plant needs no water at all! This Amaryllis bulb naturally stores all the water and energy it needs to bloom. Simply place the Waterless Amaryllis Arrangement in a full or partially sunny spot in your home and enjoy! The bulb typically blooms for 4 to 6 weeks.

Originally from the tropical regions in South America, Amaryllis is known for its large trumpet-like flowers that bloom as indoor bulbs during the winters in colder climates. The flowers bloom in various shades of red, white, pink, salmon, orange, or variegated. 

These bulbs make perfect gifts or to decorate your home during the holiday season! Available for pick up or delivery around November 22 in our retail center at Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn! 

*Please note: this new easy-care variety of Amaryllis bulb will only bloom once, unless it is transplanted into a container with soil. Click here for details regarding long-term care for your Amaryllis.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Traditions


As Thanksgiving approaches, everyone is bustling about with their minds full of holiday planning, family, and turkey. In preparation for this festive day, consider a few of these harvest table setting traditions to welcome your guests and decorate your home for Thanksgiving.

The Cornucopia: The cornucopia (aka the ‘horn of plenty’) is the most common symbol of a harvest festival, meant to represent the abundance of Earth’s harvest ( Filled with flowers, small squash or pumpkins, leaves, berries, acorns, pinecones, pomegranates, and other fall harvest goods, cornucopias make an excellent main statement for your Thanksgiving table. If your table is too full of food for an arrangement, add it to the kids’ table or as a side table display for your appetizers or pies.

Baskets: Big or small, round or square, low or high, a natural fiber basket full of autumn’s bounties makes for a beautiful table display. As a multi-purpose gift for a host, baskets can later be used as simple decorations or as unique containers for fruits, vegetables, breads, and other household items. 

Fall Arrangements: Unique autumn containers such as pumpkins, wooden crates, or birch bark vases add a festive flare to table displays. Create an arrangement with pillar candles, succulents, and house plants for a long-lasting home decoration. 

Whatever your traditions are, we hope you have a safe, wonderful, and happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for your support of our local business and look forward to working with you this holiday season!

*Please note, we will be closed Thursday, November 23 thru Sunday, November 26. We will still check phone messages and take floral orders during that time! Call us at 715-483-3131 or order flowers on-line 24 hours a day at


Is Your Mum Hardy?

From September to November, the gardening world is bombarded by big, blooming Chrysanthemums (aka “mums”). When giving or getting this fall favorite, there’s always one big, looming question: Will this mum survive the winter? 

The answer is a bit more complicated, and it depends on the type of mum you have. Many garden centers and florist shops in the Midwest sell Chrysanthemum varieties commonly known as “Fall Garden Mums” or “Florist’s Chrysanthemums.” These mums are mostly annuals suited for zone 5 to 9. As we are zone 3 to 4 with variable climate conditions, there is no guarantee Fall Garden Mums will survive in our zone. But, some people have had success and their Fall Garden Mums come back year after year. We like to say, “You can always hope. Plant it and see!” 

The Pelee Mum is another variety commonly sold in garden centers and florist shops . This mum is strictly an indoor plant! The Pelee Mum features 2 to 4 inch, bi-color blooms with daisy-like petals of deep red turning to yellow toward the center. This compact plant makes a great indoor display to brighten a home or office in the fall.

If you are looking for a perennial mum, you are best to look for a variety in the Mammoth series. Developed by the University of Minnesota as a cold-hardy cultivar mum, a Mammoth Mum is a more reliable option. Click the link to learn about these hardy mum’s!

If you are giving or getting these fall favorites, be sure to check the tag to determine whether your new plant is an annual, perennial, or indoor plant!

A Chrysanthemum by any other name …would be easier to spell!


Chrysanthemums, sometimes called mums or chrysanths, are flowering plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family  Asteracea. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia, and the center diversity is in China.   They were first cultivated in China back in the 15th Century.  Carolaus Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist, named this flower using a combination of two Greek words, Chrys(gold) and Anthemon (flower) meaning golden flower.  There are countless horticultural varieties and cultivars. 

You most commonly see them as a blooming plant in the fall seasons.  But as  a fresh cut flower, we receive them all year long- colors and varieties vary from season to season.  Chrysanthemums are some of the most popular flowers in the floral industry, standing just below roses, tulips and lilies.  With around 13 types of this mighty bloom, the possibilities for floral designs are endless!

Chrysanthemums are most commonly used in funeral arrangements, as it still remains a symbol of grief.  White mums with greens and other blooms, like lilies, express sympathy for the departure of someone dearly loved.

The cut flower is able to survive up to 2 weeks in a vase.  Unfortunately, the leaves of this flower die faster, so removing them from the stem ensures a longer lifespan.  According to some studies performed by NASA,  florists mums help reduce air pollution.

Watch for our blog next week when we discuss the florist variety mum and the garden mum.

Green Industry Expo

The Green Industry & Equipment Expo is this week, and a team of our crew members are on a road-trip to Kentucky for the nation’s largest trade show for the lawn and landscaping industry.

Our guys will explore a 20+ acre outdoor demonstration area, where they can test new equipment and discover handy new tools. The indoor facility is the equivalent of 47 White Houses with over 850 exhibits to visit! The team will network and learn the latest trends in turf management, landscaping, hardscape design, and installation. 

Over this 3-day expo, the crew will also partake in the many classes, seminars, and guest speaker sessions. The crew will discover techniques to improve business processes, while learning about industry growth and changes. These educational experiences will help our team expand their knowledge and expertise.

We are so excited for our team to enhance their training, and be able to apply their new skills to install/maintain quality lawn and landscaping for our valuable customers!

Click here to watch a quick clip to learn more about this Green Industry event!



Autumn Leaves and Lawns

Fall clean-up is all the rage and hub of activity lately – we’ve been blogging about it, our customers are asking about it, and our crews are preparing for it. 

Today, we will focus on leaves and lawns: we’ll discuss best practices for fall leaf clean-up and lawn care, while describing the importance of these practices to maintain the health of your lawn and garden.

Leaf Removal – Turf: When leaves fall and accumulate on the lawn, they prevent sunlight from reaching the grass, creating brown and/or dead patches in your lawn. Leaves also maintain moisture, and while some moisture in your lawn is good, accumulated leaves can trap moisture in your lawn resulting in fungus issues. Remove all diseased leaves, like those with apple scab or leaf spot, to avoid re-infecting your trees and new leaves the following year. Rake or blow leaves off your lawn.

Leaf Mulch – Garden Beds: As mentioned above, leaves maintain moisture and decompose quickly creating a rich, organic material. When used as a mulch in your landscaping, leaves add important nutrients to soil, prevent weed growth, retain soil moisture, and acts as insulation for soil and plants over the winter. Shredded leaves make the best mulch you can then use around trees and in gardens. Many people are concerned about oak leaves, which are relatively acidic. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, oak leaves decompose more slowly than other types of leaves and are best used for mulch or compost. Their slower rate of decomposition makes them well suited for use as mulch (

Lawn Care: In addition to removing leaves from your lawn, mow your lawn short (around 3 inches) to prevent fungus problems. To maintain the health and vitality of your lawn, apply a fall fertilizer (Winterizer) to your turf. This ensures turf roots remain healthy and allows the lawn to store food for winter. It also replenishes the nutrients used up over the summer and allows the plant to re-estabilsh itself after heat stress. Most importantly, the energy stored from fall fertilizer promotes better spring green-up the following year.


To Cut or Not To Cut

To cut or not to cut, that is the question! Autumn brings about a number of important, and sometimes mind-boggling, questions regarding fall care for perennials and shrubs. Do you cut back those straggly daylilies? What about those grasses? In today’s blog, we will discuss what to cut and what to save!

Grasses: If your grasses are tall and stately with feathery tops, you might consider saving them until spring. Many grasses provide beautiful winter interest and natural habitat for birds and wildlife. Shorter or unruly ornamental grasses can be cut in the fall, late winter, or spring. If you choose to keep your grasses through the winter, be sure to cut them back in the spring. Clear debris from the centers of the grasses to encourage new growth.

Sedum: While sedum lose their foliage in the fall and can look rather gangly, the remaining blooms are snow-collecting platforms that turn to billowy, pillowy snow puffs in the winter. If you just can’t stand the look of sedum sticks in the fall, go ahead and cut them to the ground once the flowers die.

Dogwood Shrubs: Many varieties of Dogwoods can become huge and overgrown. You can reshape your dogwoods in the fall to keep its size more manageable. However, the twigs of Dogwood are found in shades of deep red, crimson, and yellow and make a wonderful, colorful addition to brighten a winter garden. If you do cut your Dogwood shrubs in the fall or early winter, be sure to keep the twigs for winter arrangements, window boxes, or outdoor patio pots with pine boughs and pine cones!

Hydrangea: Now is the time to cut your Hydrangea blooms for floral arrangements and for dried flowers! Pruning your hydrangeas varies for each type of Hydrangea shrub. Before you prune, find out what kind of Hydrangea you have to ensure the health and re-bloom of your shrub!

  • Annabelle Hydrangeas can be cut to the ground in the fall, winter, or spring when only the sticks remain.


  • Limelight, Vanilla Strawberry, Strawberry Sundae, and other Paniculata varieties can be cut up to 1/3 in the late-fall, winter, or early spring to maintain its shape and size. 


  • Endless Summer and Quickfire Hydrangeas set blooms on their old growth in the fall. If you prune them in the fall, you run the risk of cutting off the flower buds set for the spring. It is best to lightly prune these Hydrangeas right after they are done flowering, before August.


Fall Lawn Care Maintenance







Autumn is an important season for turf management. During shorter days and cooler nights, turf begins to grow vigorously, filling in open areas, becoming more dense, and accumulating carbohydrates efficiently.

Experts agree it is important to apply a final round of fertilizer before the on-set of winter. This ensures turf roots remain healthy and allows the lawn to store food for winter. It also replenishes the nutrients used up over the summer and allows the plant to re-estabilsh itself after heat stress. Most importantly, the energy stored from fall fertilizer promotes better spring green-up the following year.

September is the best time to apply granular fertilizer to your lawn while overseeding. The benefits of this added step will increase energy reserves, build deeper roots, improve spring color, and reduce diseases. A well-developed grass root system can slow or prevent leaching of chemicals and some nutrients. Our Winterizer is a 8-9-6 and does have some phosphorus, so it is best to apply at the same time as your are overseeding your yard! Our stock has just arrived: stop in soon to get your winterizer and grass seed!


For DIY overseeding, we recommend 4-6 lbs of seed per 1000 sq ft. If you are installing a new lawn, we recommend 7-9 lbs of seed per 1000 sq ft.


Apply Winterizer at 5 lbs per 1000 sq ft. and apply at the same time you are overseeding, or seeding an entire lawn.

One last thing: stop in to pick up your bag of Winterizer and grass seed soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: or call us at 715-485-3131





















Much Ado About Daylilies

Daylilies are incredibly hardy and reliable perennials. With just a bit of fall maintenance, these long-blooming plants will be sure to provide your gardens with prolific flowers for years to come.

Here are a few quick tips to keep your daylily plants looking fresh during the autumn season and healthy for the winter.


Deadheading: After daylilies bloom, they leave tall, unsightly stalks. Cut all yellow or brown stalks as low into the foliage as possible, to thoroughly hide any signs of those dead-looking sticks. Deadheading helps rejuvenate and restore the plant, as it sends more energy into its roots and healthy leaves.

Caring for Daylily Foliage: Daylily leaves frequently dry out, turn yellow, and/or flop to the ground. Easily remove dried-out foliage at the base of the plant with just a quick sweep of your hand. Cut away yellowing leaves with a hand-pruner. If your daylilies have flopped over, cut the foliage back to the desired height. For fall clean-up, cut all daylily foliage to 6 inches. Removing old foliage allows your daylilies to reserve energy for their roots for the winter and reduces the amount of work required for spring clean-up the following year. 

Transplanting: Early fall (right now!) and early spring is the best time to transplant or divide your daylilies. To divide, find a section with at least 3 to 5 fans. Dig around the outside edge of the section you need, and sever the roots from the main plant. Replant the division and space at least 18″-36″ from other plants.

If you have questions about care for your daylilies, stop in and talk to our specialists at the garden center!













Fall is Here, Hear The Yell, Back To School, Ring the Bell


Going back to school is a big deal for a lot of people right now: parents, teachers, students, kids. For better or for worse, your life and your schedule has been turned upside down! We are here to make your back-to-school transition a fun and an easy one.

Back-to-school gifts for your kids: Make your kids’ day a happy one with a surprise bouquet, a silly balloon, or a simple reminder that they are loved. Check out our huge selection of 20% Off Fairy Garden items, if you are looking for further gift ideas!

Back-to-school ideas for parents: Many parents rejoice when they’re kids are back in school! It’s back to the daily grind for your kids, but it gets them out of the house and back on a regular schedule. It’s also back to sports, extra school activities, and a lot of running around. Give yourself a much needed treat for your hard work. Get that garden decoration you’ve always wanted or give yourself a bouquet to brighten your day!

Back-to-school ideas for teachers: If you are a teacher and looking to welcome your students, mylar balloon bouquets make for a lively, long-lasting display in the classroom. Dish gardens and fairy gardens also brighten a room and add interest. Small houseplants, seasonal blooming plants, and tiny bouquets fit small spaces and make great gifts for students to give to their new teachers!

If you need an idea to make your back-to-school season special, stop in and visit our friendly Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn garden center crew!