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Jim and Karen Milonas
21 North Sixth Street, Geneva, IL 60134
Providing professional landscape services to Geneva,
St. Charles, Wheaton, Barrington, Naperville, Lake
Forest, and surrounding areas.

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Right Plant, Right Place                                                                      
Advice from George Kay & Associates by Bonnie McNeel
Every summer we are faced with the daunting task of landscape maintenance.  More often than not we put the work off because it’s too hot, we’re too busy,
too tired, or we just don’t know how.  As we look out of our windows and sit on our patio we want our eyes to rest on the lush foliage that creates our personal
oasis from everyday life.  But, as time goes by, our landscaping that was once beautiful in its premature stage, is now reminiscent of the Congo.  We are
forced to walk sideways along the entrywalk to avoid being attacked by an overgrown Juniper.  As we sweat and curse the shrubs that were once small and
seemed appropriate, we find ourselves creating a masterpiece of perfectly shaped geometric shrubs that would make any theme park proud.  It’s a never-
ending cycle, right?  NO!  There is a better way.

How did we end up with a jungle in our backyard?  It’s simple, improper use and placement of plants.  Plants, like anything in nature, start small and keep on
growing…and growing…and growing.  It’s only natural.  They strive to achieve they’re potential size and shape.

What should you do?  Be a smart consumer.  As we’ve been taught to read nutrition labels on food, so should we do that with plants.  There is a wealth of
easily accessible information available.  Consult a professional or botanic garden.  At the very least read labels, books, and lookup plants on the internet.  
Ask basic questions.  What’s the ultimate height of the plant and what happens if I prune it?  Sun or shade?  Wet or dry?  What shape?  Be careful, some
labels and names can be deceiving.  For instance, dwarf doesn’t always mean it’s going to stay 2 feet tall.  The Dwarf Lilac, commonly mistaken for a 2-3’
high plant, ultimately wants to be 6-7’ tall.  Which, means that when the plant is pruned to fit in inappropriately small spaces, all of the blooms are removed.  
Whether you consult a professional, read books, or do research on the internet, get answers.  And, make sure you put the right plant in the right place.  The
informed consumer is the most powerful.