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University of Illinois Extension serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties

Macon County
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
Email: uie-dmp@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

DeWitt County
8425 Katie Road
Clinton, IL 61727
Phone: 217-935-5764
FAX: 217-935-8932
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Piatt County
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

DeWitt County University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening Series Features Ornamental Invasives, Tree Care and How to Extend Your Gardening Season

The winter series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship and home gardening, starts February 27. The first session of the series is The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants. With many of our worst invasive plants actually starting as ornamental plants, Extension Specialist Chris Evans will discuss why some end up becoming invasive and will offer recommendations on how you can influence the natural landscapes during your planning decisions.

The program will be available on February 27 at 1:30pm at the DeWitt County Extension Office located at 8425 Katie Rd. in Clinton, IL or via webinar from your home computer. It will also be available on March 1 at 6:30pm for home viewing by webinar only.

The winter topics continue with a session titled, Tree Care in Urban Soils. Extension Educator, Ryan Pankau will discuss tree care and urban soils by exploring the attributes of urban soils in contrast to undisturbed forest soils. Many common impacts to tree health can be related back to the level of disturbance in our urban soils. Ryan will discuss practical ways to diagnose tree symptoms related to soil issues and current tree care techniques that address soils.

The program will be available on March 13 at 1:30pm at the DeWitt County Extension Office or via webinar from your home computer. It will also be available on March 15 at 6:30pm for home viewing by webinar only.

During the last program in the series, Keep on Growing: Tips for Extending the Gardening Season, you will learn how to keep on growing beyond summer and have fresh vegetables anytime of the year. Join Extension Horticulture Educator, Chris Enroth as he details season extension techniques such as using cold frames and low tunnels to grow fresh produce all year long.

This program will be available on March 27 at 1:30pm at the DeWitt County Extension Office or via webinar from your home computer. It will also be available on March 29 at 6:30pm for home viewing by webinar only.

All classes are free to attend, however registration is required one day in advance of each class. To register for any of the 1:30 sessions at the DeWitt County Extension Office, visit go.illinois.edu/dmp or call 217.935.5764. To register for any of the 6:30pm webinar only sessions, visit go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of all these sessions are available following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217.935.5764.

Local Contact: Vasthi Schwarz, Program Coordinator, Horticulture, vasthis@illinois.edu