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Over the Fence

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

Blooms Way Ahead of Schedule

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Clearly our blooming plants are ahead of schedule since we had such a warm March. Horticulturists rely on a system called Growing Degree Days (GDD) for plant development, for monitoring for insects and disease. The GDD system uses a base temperature of 50 degrees to begin to calculate how many GDD we have had. Last wee...

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Busy Time for Master Gardeners

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We are just finishing up our busiest Help Desk time of the year.  Last week, Master Gardeners were answering gardening questions at the Wheaton Library Plant Sale, West Chicago Bloomingfest, the Bolingbrook Garden Club Plant Sale and had the worm composting display at the Lake View Nature Center Open House.  Things will slow down a bit now, but we still have 16 upcoming Help Desks during June and...

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What To Do with Spring Bulbs After Bloom

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator With our spring weather, every spring bulb has long ago finished blooming and now only the foliage tops remain. Our early and long spring has left lots of time for the bulb foliage to grow and actually be taller than it normally would be. For some gardeners this poses no problems at all depending on where in the beds t...

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Planting Potted and Balled and Burlapped Trees

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers carry a great many kinds of trees for our home landscape. There are understory trees for established landscapes that already have large growing shade trees. You can find ornamental trees that provide great fall color, a flower and later a fruit or seed pod of interest and are typical...

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