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Four Trees to Plant for Arbor Day

Posted on April 26, 2019



National Arbor Day is a day to celebrate the importance of trees. Trees provide us with an abundance of benefits from keeping your house cooler in the summer to providing a habitat for animals and wood for homes and furniture. They are also beautiful to look at and add something special to your landscape design. […] Read More

Dealing with Drainage

Posted on April 19, 2019


Ken Muellers, CNLP
Senior Landscape Designer

You may need a drainage detective to solve your case. April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring puddles and sometimes worse! It seems one of the effects of climate change is a shift bringing more severe storms and heavier rainfalls to our region. Our landscapes also have more and more impervious surfaces […] Read More

How to Create a Butterfly Garden

Posted on March 17, 2019

Monarch butterfly resting on a verbena plant

Attracting these fantastic fluttering fancies to your garden is easy. With the right plants and understanding the needs of the butterfly, you will not only have these winged beauties in your backyard but get them to stay longer! Butterflies have 4 generations born each season. The first 3 only live a short time, usually 6-10 […] Read More

Waking Up Your Long Island Garden

Posted on March 17, 2019


Ken Muellers
Senior Landscape Designer

Spring is in the air on Long Island and it’s finally time to get back in the garden. But before you can sit back and relax there are a few chores to do to wake your garden up from its long winter nap. Clean-up After months of winter neglect, it is time to clean up […] Read More

Pruning with a Purpose

Posted on March 11, 2019



One of the main contributing factors to maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape is pruning.  The act of pruning can be physically demanding, but it’s the mental preparation and planning that is key to the success of this crucial skill.  The following information is meant to help you plan and prepare for caring and maintaining […] Read More

5 Tips for Vegetable Gardening

Posted on March 11, 2019

Bright Lights Swiss Chard

We all dream about the things we would like to have, including healthy and beautiful gardens. Growing a bountiful organic vegetable garden that nourishes a healthy lifestyle, or a gorgeous flower garden that nourishes the soul, are goals almost anyone can reach with some basic education of what is required. Know your local environment: To […] Read More

When Do I Prune My Hydrangea?

Posted on March 11, 2019

Endless Summer Hydrangea Flower

Hydrangeas are the perfect summer flowering plant. They are available in a variety of shapes and colors, have attractive foliage and are useful in a wide range of garden sites. But the question we hear most from customers about hydrangea is “When should I prune?” Let us make it easy for you: Big Leaf Hydrangea […] Read More

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Posted on February 19, 2019



Now is the perfect time to start seeds indoors on Long Island. Imagine the fun you’ll have and the money you could save by growing your own. Get the whole family involved and enjoy home-grown flowers, vegetables and herbs from Spring until Fall! Hicks Nurseries carries thousands of varieties of seeds from the best seed […] Read More

Flowering Houseplants are the perfect gift for your Valentine!

Posted on February 8, 2019



Flowering houseplants are a great option for Valentine’s Day. Here are our favorites, all in-stock and ready for you to take home today!   Rieger Begonia These gorgeous plants have long-lasting flowers that bloom throughout the year. They are available in shades of red, pink and orange.   Calandiva Calandiva produces beautiful multi-petal rose-like flowers […] Read More

Planning Your Landscape Design

Posted on February 7, 2019

Landscape Design Planning Tips
Ken Muellers
Senior Landscape Designer

As spring approaches, you may be considering taking on a landscaping project in your yard. Whether it is adding a few plants or a complete new landscape, there are a few basic design principles you may want to consider: Right Plant, Right Place When it comes to any new planting the most important thing to […] Read More

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