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Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Hornets

H ornets are one of those insects that many people are afraid of, but they are also very important in our natural world. Extension Entomologist Dr. Philip Nixon summed this up well in answering a recent question about how to kill hornets. "It is frequently a better option to live with the nest than to get rid of it. The hornets are unlikely to attack a...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 2:57AM on 8/29/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Wildlife)

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A Milkweed for Every Location

Current buzzwords in the world of gardening include pollinators, butterflies, natives, and monarchs. It seems that everywhere I look I read something about the importance of pollinators and how we can protect them. One of the best plants for pollinators, especially butterflies, is milkweed. My colleague Candice Miller, Horticulture Educator in northern Illinois, recently posted the foll...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 2:40AM on 8/22/2014
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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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