If you have a shady spot to fill in the garden, consider shrubs. A number of shrubs are relatively shade-tolerant because in nature they grow beneath trees in open woodlands or in the partial shade of forest edges. There are a number of shrubs to choose from for shady spots in Midwestern gardens.
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.”