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Over the Fence

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

Want to Be a Real Detective?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

The University of Extension will again be sponsoring the First Detector Workshops in 2016, for the third year in a row. These workshops have been well received by Arborists, Master Gardeners, City Arborists, Master Naturalists, Landscaper and Nursery business for their timely and strong informational content on known invasive species and those invasive pests headed to Illinois. The worksh...

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Preventing Rabbit Damage Outdoors and Controlling Mice Indoors

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

In a normal year this column in the middle of December would be talking about how to deal with wildlife in the yard that damage our valuable landscape plants from feeding damage. This year the ground is open and lawns are still green with no frost in the soil at all. While the weather remains favorable, rabbits will feed on the diversity of plant material in the home landscape, lessening damage to...

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Those Other Holiday Gift Plants

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Holiday gift plants are always appreciated when given this time of year. The more traditional plants in the past have included Poinsettia, Christmas cactus and Azalea. There are others that are also given like Ornamental Pepper and Cherry, Amaryllis bulbs, Cyclamen and Kalanchoe. All the holiday gift plants will provide us with beautiful foliage and flowers if kept in the coolest part of the h...

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