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Thursday, May 6, 2010 10:00 pm
Selecting a tree is one of the most important landscape decisions a homeowner will make. Trees should be considered as an investment for the future, since most people move before a tree that they plan...
Thursday, April 29, 2010 04:39 pm
Illinois, known as the “Prairie State,” has several native plant species. Prior to European settlers in Illinois, 60 percent of the 22 million acres was prairie. Today less than one hundre...
Thursday, April 22, 2010 01:57 pm
Vegetable gardening can provide the grower many benefits including exercise, a break from the stress of everyday life, decrease in the weekly food bill, nutritious produce that tastes better and is fr...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 09:30 pm
Prior to European settlers in Illinois, 60 percent of the 22 million acres was prairie. Today less than one hundredth of one percent of the original undisturbed prairie exists in the Prairie State. So...
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 02:58 pm

Sticky stuff? Black magnolia leaves? Here’s what to do.

One of the worst things to tell a gardener is that their tree is heavily infested with a destructive insect. The U of I Extension office has received numerous calls about magnolia trees. A caller usua...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 01:58 am

Color everywhere — up and down and in the ground

Among the tents, livestock buildings, corndog and lemonade stands at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, fairgoers can see a wide variety of colorful plants. Just inside gate 2, visitors are greeted by ch...
Thursday, July 2, 2009 06:54 pm

Here's what to do about plants out of place

Last week in between the rain showers, I finally had the opportunity to tend to my flower beds. While not the most enjoyable outdoor task, weeding is necessary. Remember the saying, “one year ...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 04:57 pm

Mosquito, king of the pests

The other night while dozing I heard the buzzing of a mosquito. After about five minutes the culprit was glued to a flyswatter. Of all the bothersome insect pests, however, mosquitoes are...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 04:49 pm
It’s essential for all of us to practive the three R’s of being a good steward of the earth: reduce, reuse and recycle. Last weekend I walked around my small town on community ...


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