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Over the Fence

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

Take Time for the Lawn

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Our typical window in Northern Illinois to repair or replace damaged lawns is from August 15 to September 15 th . This timeframe is not as critical if sod is going to be used; much more so if grass seed will be used to create a new lawn or repair damaged areas. Our main grasses remain hybrid Kentucky bluegrass...

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Perennial Beds and Lawn Weeds

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Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator With the recent showers and some cooler temperatures, a return of green can be seen in the lawn and that has generated questions directed to our Master Gardeners about weed control yet this summer. Before you use a lawn weed control product, the lawn really needs to be actively growing or you will just be trading one wee...

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Hope for the Vegetable Garden

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Vegetables can still be productive for a couple more months depending on what crops you have been growing. Certainly long season crops like tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard are there now and will continue to produce till frost for the tender vegetables and Chard will tolerate quite a bit of cool or cold weather. Root crops...

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It's All About the Water

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator I know I have talked about water several times this growing season. Homeowners are still strongly encouraged to continue to water their valuable landscape plants and shade trees. If watering has not been part of the summer gardening "chores" yet this year, it is not too late start. The cost of water is a minor against...

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Weather Continues to Impact Our Vegetables

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator The local weather has moderated a bit, yet our vegetable production is still way off of what we typically expect for this time of year. Since we tend to our gardens, vegetable plants can look pretty good, but where are the peppers, beans and tomatoes? Vegetable plants respond very quickly to the extremes in temperature...

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