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There’s something about the smell of freshly mowed grass and just-turned soil that speaks to some people, and this is very true of the Schindler family, who own and collaborate in the operation of SchinDigs Landcare and Garden Center in downtown Neligh.
The small greenhouse on the southern end of Main Street is quickly becoming a favorite destination for other local green thumbs, who begin flocking through the doors in April to check out the merchandise.
Previously a satellite location of Shamrock Nursery of O’Neill, brothers Matt and Jeff, Matt’s wife, Krista, and mother Evelyn heard by word of mouth that the greenhouse was going to be sold. Acting quickly, the family was able to buy the location, and SchinDigs was born.
Now, SchinDigs Landcare focuses on helping those in Neligh and the surrounding area beautify and maintain their own lawns, gardens, and businesses, whether this is simply keeping the grass mowed, controlling weeds and crab grass, providing professional landscaping, or ensuring the greenest lawn on the block.
Originally from Neligh, the Schindlers are enjoying operating their small business in the place they grew up. Both Matt and Jeff credit their mom, Evelyn, for their love of gardening and landscaping, and that they are now running a business doing what they love comes as no surprise.
“It’s great working with a small community and knowing everyone,” says Matt, who adds, “I love mowing. I could be on a mower all day.”
Matt, who has a degree in Horticulture and Golf Course Management, is also a Master Gardener, although one hardly needs to see a diploma to believe it, judging from his own well-kept lawn and gardens.
As for the greenhouse itself, the family has done a number of renovations, including adding a gift shop and office area flanked with enough reclaimed barn wood to make Chip and Joanna Gaines proud. Greenhouse customers are treated to a combination of greenhouse and antique store, where various found items and vintage curiosities have been re-purposed as fern- or succulent-laden planters.
This front area of the greenhouse is the perfect place to shop for graduation or Mother’s Day celebrations, with its wide array of thoughtfully-curated planters and garden ornamentation.
Who comes up with these great ideas, people ask?
“It’s definitely a group, family effort,” says Matt. “We hope to continue ‘growing’ each year.”
Stop into the greenhouse weekdays beginning at 9am—and be sure to leave enough room in your trunk before you go.