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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.

Right Conifer for the Right Location

There seems to be many calls from homeowners coming in this year about conifer problems. Likely, many of the problems are as a result of drought stress, but there are certainly some instances of disease as well. Many of these problems can be avoided by simply choosing the right conifer species for the right location. Plants well suited to our Illinois climate will be healthier to start...

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Plants That Cause Skin Irritation

What comes to mind when you think of a plant that will cause a skin irritation? More than likely it's poison ivy. While poison ivy is an important plant to be aware of, there are many other plants that can cause varying levels of skin irritations. These plants can be broken down into 5 different categories:  1. Poison plants include poison ivy, poison oak, and...

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Now is the Time to Renovate Your Lawn

Posted by Candice Hart - Lawn Care

Chances are your lawn is looking pretty sad after this torturous summer of drought, says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller. Now that the temperatures are starting to cool and some rain has returned, early fall (mid-August to mid-September) is the perfect time to think about renovating our lawns. Most of the lawns planted in this area are cool season grasses mo...

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