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JP CDL 3-27-10 Easter Lily Source University of California Extension

Caring for Your Easter Lily

This article was originally published on February 26, 2008 and expired on June 1, 2008. It is provided here for archival purposes and may contain dated information. Caring for an Easter lily is easy both during the holiday season and after, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "The Easter season means many things to many people," s...

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White pine on Western Illinois University campus, March 2011

White Pine Problems

URBANA – This year, there are an alarming number of cases of death or decline of eastern white pine, according to University of Illinois plant clinic diagnostic outreach specialist Stephanie Porter. She said that many of these problems are a result of drought conditions across Illinois. Eastern white pine is best grown in an area with moist, well-drained soils and plenty of light, but i...

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Hummingbird on feeder in 2011

Hummingbirds

One of the most popular presentations at our annual Gardeners' Big Day was on hummingbirds in 2002. Here is my article that ran on March 30, 2002 about that informational and entertaining presentation. Lois White from Smithfield presented an informative and energetic presentation on attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Lois is a dynamic person with an obvious love of hummingbirds. On L...

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Rhonda's Top 10 Turf Tips

For pdf of factsheet that includes pictures, go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/fmpt/downloads/47563.pdf 1. FERTILIZE at proper time, depending on grass quality. If only do one application a year – Early September Two applications a year – Ear...

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New disease in Illinois: Should we grow impatiens?

URBANA -- Many plants are susceptible to downy mildew pathogens, which are usually not considered to be major disease threats. However, downy mildew of impatiens (Plasmopara obducens) , a new disease to Illinois, is a major problem for all cultivars of impatiens walleriana, according to University of Illinois plant clinic diagnostic outreach specialist Stephanie Porter. "When...

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Spring Perennial Plant Care

"There are several spring activities for the perennial garden." Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, says that as the weather starts to cooperate you can start to clean up last year's plant debris. Sanitation is an important tool to fight disease and insect problems that overwinter in plant debris. "Certain perennials such as butte...

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Spring Lawn Seeding Tips

Unfortunately, we will soon see how much last summer's drought impacted various plants in our landscapes. It may take 3 to 5 years to see the impact on trees, but other plants respond quicker. Although most lawns revived much better than expected last fall, I anticipate that many lawns will need some renovation this spring. Here are some spring seeding tips from University of Illinois Extension ho...

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Update Your Home with New Foundation Plants

Are plants around your house foundation old, overgrown and in need of a change? Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, provides the following tips for updating your homes foundation plantings. "Foundation plantings are the combination of plants around the front door, the front corners, and a transition area that joins them," says Fer...

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ILRiverHort News and More

Originally published in Canton Daily Ledger column on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Writing this column is one of my favorite weekly tasks. I enjoy sharing my horticultural world and thoughts with all my readers. Over my 20+ year career, I've found that I really like to write. I try to do that in many different formats that will hopefully reach many different people. In an e...

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Fulton County Master Gardeners Awarded for Service

Master Gardeners (MGs) in Fulton County were recognized at a program on March 4th at Monicals restaurant in Canton, IL. There are 29 active MGs, 3 interns, and four trainees in currently in Fulton county. MGs must each receive at least 10 hours of continuing education and provide at least 30 hours of volunteer service in an approved MG project to maintain their active status. In 2012...

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Mason County Master Gardeners Recognized for Service

Master Gardeners (MGs) in Mason County were recognized at a program on February 28th at Grandpas restaurant in Havana, IL. There is one MG intern and 9 active MGs currently in Mason county. Four new trainees will soon join them. MGs must each receive at least 10 hours of continuing education and provide at least 30 hours of volunteer service in an approved MG project to maintain their...

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