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Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Landscaping Following a Disaster

"Last fall's Central Illinois tornadoes, the severe winter, and previous summer droughts have all had devastating effects on landscape plant materials, says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, "Dealing with these problems requires a basic understanding of the type of damage that occurred, as well as the best management practices required to addres...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 2:59AM on 8/18/2014
Categories: Landscapes (Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers)

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Gardening in August

While walking around our yard last night my husband Mark commented that our gardens look better than ever. We usually spend August enjoying the garden instead of working in it all the time. Still there are several activities that can be done in August. First and foremost, don't let up on mosquito control. Dump the water! Mosquitoes will grow in almost anything that holds water. Take a walk aro...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 2:36AM on 8/15/2014
Categories: Garden Basics

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Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Peoria and Tazewell Counties

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties. On July 25th the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties. In Peoria County, arborists discovered the beetle first near Dunlap and then subsequently in Peoria. In Tazewell, IDOA staff made the find in Minier using surveillance trap...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:32PM on 8/5/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Wildlife) Emerald Ash Borer

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Does my tree have Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been confirmed in Peoria and Tazewell counties. On July 25th the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced the detections occurred in residential areas of the two central Illinois counties. In Peoria County, arborists discovered the beetle first near Dunlap and then subsequently in Peoria. In Tazewell, IDOA staff made the find in Minier using surveillance trap...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:27PM on 8/1/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Wildlife) Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Questions and Answers. Question . Should I do a preventative treatment on my ash tree, even though it doesn't have the pest yet? Answer . University of Illinois Extension recommends doing a preventative treatment for Emerald Ash Borer only when the beetle has been confirmed within 15 miles of your ash tree. Consult the latest quaranti...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 8:40AM on 7/28/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Wildlife) Emerald Ash Borer

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Green Roofs Becoming More Popular

Recently I toured the Illinois Department of Agriculture's green roof on their administration building at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. It is an impressive sea of green sedum growing atop a structure of concrete and steel. Green roofs are becoming an important part of sustainable urban development. These living roofs provide many benefits, including reducing sur...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:25AM on 7/25/2014
Categories: Garden Basics

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Protect You and Your Family – Understand West Nile Virus

It is time to think about mosquito control and the prevention of West Nile Virus. Since we don't know what this mosquito season will bring, don't let down your guard. Remember to "dump the water" and follow these tips to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair damaged screens. Caulk around loose fitting...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:24AM on 7/18/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Wildlife)


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