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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Spring 2012

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel Extension Educator Our typical spring of several weeks has pretty much been compressed into those two weeks of 70+ degree temperatures that have just passed for our early spring bulbs. Sure we still have our flowering shrubs and trees to bloom yet, but unless the weather moderates and remains cooler those blooms will come and go just as qui...

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Weed of the Week – Nimblewill in the Lawn

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel Extension Educator The warmer weather has had our lawn grasses turning green and with that a grass weed that prefers even warmer temperatures of summer going. This past week Extension Master Gardeners have seen quite a few samples of Nimblewill. Nimblewill is a warm season perennial grass that creeps by above ground stems in a loose matt am...

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Forcing Flowering Branches

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

    A great many of our ornamental flowering trees and shrubs have the 2012 bloom ready to go right now. If you are already outside doing your early spring pruning on your apple trees, bringing some of those branches that have flower buds will get you two bloom shows too. Typically our ornamental landscape plants produce the next seasons blooms starting not too long after they h...

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Time to Prune

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  Dormant pruning is always begun once the weather moderates and allows gardeners out in the home landscape without being bundled up and while we still have considerable cold weather. The days warm up letting us prune, while the nights are around 32 degrees. If you are a home orchardist, you know the clock is ticking now with warmer temperatures we have had. It is time to make sure thos...

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Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut

Posted by Sarah Navrotski -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator The past year there has been quit a buzz among plant pathologists and entomologists about the national spread of yet another potentially devastating tree disease in the United States. Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) has been declared to be a viable threat to walnut trees in Illinois, so much so that in early Feb...

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Herbs in the Home Garden

Posted by Sarah Navrotski -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator The garden catalogs have been out on the table awhile, maybe even "dog eared" a bit form all the reading and circling of plants you are considering. Hopefully some of those circles have been around the herbs that flavor our food or make our homes more inviting. Herbs are pretty versatile when it comes to getting them g...

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