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Here They Come

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Japanese Beetles are about to show up in our area. They have already shown up in Southern Illinois and expected in Central Illinois next week. We should begin to see them about a week later during the first week or so in July. That's the bad news. The good news is that we should expect to see fewer beetles, courtesy of the drought of 2012. Since they do not read the journals, you may see some e...

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Weeding the beds

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Every time the garden and flower beds get cleaned, wait a few days especially after another one of our rains, and a new batch of weed seedlings appears like magic. Weeds are very opportunistic, taking advantage of smallest open space in any garden and can germinate quickly. What is typical and expected is that the annuals and perennials grow their canopies into those open areas and provide the...

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Yellow Leaves That Should Be Green

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Have you got a tree or shrub with leaves of yellow that are normally green in your Landscape? Chlorosis is a common problem in some years and in lots of situations, temporary depending on what causes it. Leaves can be completely yellowed, a mottling of green and yellow or just showing green along the veins in the leaf. If the chlorosis is long lasting, expect to see marginal browning and leaf tip...

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Yikes! Poison Ivy

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

There has been a "rash" of problems this year with Poison Ivy in places we have never had it in the home landscape and surrounding woods. This is yet another example of how the drought of 2012 influences the plant dynamic in nature. Very likely the Poison Ivy has been around in the yard or woods, tucked away and not causing problems. As many of our ornamentals slowed down and other natives resp...

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