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Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) with Regal Fritillary butterfly
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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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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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Emerald Ash Borer
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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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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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