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Arbor Day Tree Planting Tips

National Arbor Day is always the last Friday in April, putting it on April 25 th this year. Are you ready to plant a tree? If not, Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says that you can plant one soon or start planning for the next Arbor Day. "Recent research has shown that improperly planted trees can suffer in later years". "Therefore,...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:56PM on 4/3/2014
Categories: Landscapes (Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers)

Take a new look at dandelions

Earth Day falls every year on April 22. Rhonda Ferree, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, recommends using the day to reflect about our world around us. "You might even try to look at a small piece of our world from a completely different viewpoint," she said. "Take dandelions, for example. To many people the dandelion is a weedy pest that invades our lawns, but other pe...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:05PM on 4/3/2014
Categories: Garden Basics

Purchasing Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs are popping up at retail sales areas throughout Illinois. "Retailers sell a variety of plants in a variety of packages or market forms," says Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension. "The purchasing of woody plants requires consumers to make choices." "The most important choice is what type of plant to buy." Consider many facto...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:04PM on 4/3/2014
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Winter's Impact on Insects and Plants

Unfortunately, the winter has taken a toll on many plants. Evergreens are especially impacted, many showing significant winter desiccation or even death. The severe cold winter compounded plant stresses already inflicted by recent severe droughts and other weather extremes. Not only did trees likely not have enough internal reserves going into winter, they were also not able to take up more water...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 1:02PM on 4/3/2014
Categories: Pests (Insects, Disease, & Wildlife)

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Espaliered Fruit Trees

Edible landscaping is becoming more and more popular. One way to use fruit trees to small gardens is by using the espalier technique of training fruit trees. I plan to espalier a couple fruit trees along my garage. The following information is from an article from Oregon State Extension. See the entire article at http://extension.oregonstat...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 12:56PM on 4/3/2014
Categories: Backyard Gardens (fruits, vegetables, & herbs)

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Dress up Your Yard

April brings us our fourth gardening trend for 2014: Dress up Your Yard . I often talk about my various outdoor garden rooms. Outdoor spaces are truly an extension of your home. You might have a kitchen for barbeques, a dining room to entertain guests on the patio, a lawn for games, a firepit for socializing, and so on. Outdoor spaces are fashion statements that reflec...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 12:53PM on 4/3/2014
Categories: Landscapes (Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers)

Rhonda Ferree, Extension Educator

Ferree named State Master Naturalist Coordinator

University of Illinois Extension recently named Rhonda Ferree as the new statewide coordinator of the Master Naturalist program. Ferree also serves as an Extension horticulture educator serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties The U of I Extension Master Naturalist program provides science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged...

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Posted by Rhonda J. Ferree at 3:49PM on 3/7/2014
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