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Garlic Mustard is Invading Our Woods!

I first wrote about garlic mustard in 2001. Since then, this dreadful weed has gotten even worse. Many hundreds of man-hours and dollars have been spent trying to prevent it from choking out more of our native wildflowers. Garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, is not a weed to take lightly; if you have it, control is imperative. In Illinois, the plant behaves mostly as a biennial....

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 11:37AM on 9/12/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Weeds) Wildlife and Nature

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Community Preparedness Planning Workshop

October 2, 2014 (1:00 PM ) Festival Building 2200 E. Washington St East Peoria, IL 61611 (Tazewell County) Date: October 2 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Participants: local officials, municipalities, park districts, arborists, and others impacted by recent EAB findings Location: Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:39PM on 9/11/2014
Categories: Emerald Ash Borer

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FALL PLANTING TREES

Fall is an ideal time to plant many woody trees and shrubs. Before grabbing the spade and digging a hole, Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, suggests that there are several important factors to consider. These include the suitability of the site where it is to be planted, the species involved, growth characteristics of the tree, the tree's age, and how t...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 11:28AM on 9/8/2014
Categories: Garden Basics Landscapes (Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers)

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Garden Trend 9 – Growing Hops for Beer

Time for our next gardening trend of 2014: Young Men Get Down and Dirty . According to the 2014 Garden Media Group report, men aged 18 -34 are spending $100 more than the average gardener. They are grilling, growing their own hops for beer, and taking the kids out to play in the dirt. All good things! Hops ( Humulus lupulus ) is an herbaceous perennial vi...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:30AM on 9/6/2014
Categories: Landscapes (Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers)

Soil Testing

Now is the time to take soil tests. Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says "If you have plants that are not growing the way they should, a soil test might be needed to see if soil amendments are needed." Ferree emphasizes that soil amendments should be based on a soil test to know the amounts needed. Be sure the sample is representative of the a...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 11:20AM on 9/5/2014
Categories: Garden Basics

Important Points and Resources on Emerald Ash Borer

Important Points! EAB was detected in Peoria and Tazewell counties in 2014. Once a county is added to the quarantine list additional sightings don't need to be reported. IL Dept of Ag would be flooded with these calls. The important find is the first one - after that assume all ash trees within that county need some type of attention. Due to...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 9:31AM on 9/4/2014
Categories: Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Options Updated

The following publications contain the most current treatment options for Emerald Ash Borer. Emerald Ash Borer Factsheet by Extension Entomologist Dr. Phillip Nixon Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Tree...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 9:27AM on 9/3/2014
Categories: Emerald Ash Borer


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