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Wednesday, July 18, 2007 04:16 pm

Free state tree guide

How central-Illinois gardeners can pick the perfect tree

Untitled Document Last year’s high winds, tornadoes, and ice storm played havoc on central-Illinois trees. If you haven’t already replaced trees in your yard, take some time this summer looking at trees in your area and learning about them. To help you decide on the perfect tree, Illinois professional arborists representing cities, villages, universities, the Morton Arboretum, the Illinois Arborist Association, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have collaborated to produce a state guide to selecting, planting, and caring for trees. “Under the Canopy” is a full-color
publication that shares some of the newest advances in tree care and addresses tree- and landscaping-related issues stemming from new residential development.
In addition to how-to advice on
landscape planning, best planting practices, care, and pruning, the guide includes a broad variety of 32 lesser-known trees recommended by professional arborists for urban planting. A selection chart covers growth rate, size, desirable features, adaptability, and special considerations for each species. A full-color illustration of each tree, including leaf, flower, and fruit, is also included.
The Illinois Forestry Development Council, the city of Urbana, the Illinois Arborist Association and the University of Illinois Extension are among the 10 sponsors for the project. The guide is currently available free to home gardeners in Sangamon and Menard counties. To pick up a copy, stop by the Sangamon-Menard Extension, office located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Jennifer Fishburn is a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit. Contact her at www.extension.uiuc.edu/Sangamon. 
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