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Horticulture topics from gardens to lawns and then some.

The Resilient Landscape, Preparing Your Plants for Weather-Related Disasters Part 2: Drought

Following is a continuation of my exploration on the aftermath and preparation of weather-related disasters on our landscape plants. You can find the first article on winds HERE. Drought In the book Weatherproofing Your Landscape, authors Sandra Dark and Dean Hill classify weather-related disasters as the 'Big Four' – wind, drought...

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Home Horticultural Remedies

Home remedies abound in the horticultural world. Some gardeners swear by their mixtures of a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, but Extension does not readily recommend the use of homemade pesticides. Perhaps your anti-Japanese beetle potion warded off the critters last year. But what if you get the amount of the ingredients out of balance next time or what is happening in the long t...

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This bald cypress tree is sited in a high wind area yet, is able to tolerate the heavy wind loads. You can tell the constant wind has caused the limbs on the downwind side to curl upward in their growth.

The Resilient Landscape, Preparing Your Plants for Weather-Related Disasters Part 1: Winds

Over the past few years it feels like we've earned the ire of Mother Nature. In Illinois we've experienced a severe drought in 2012 followed by another drought in 2013 along with the coldest winter in decades this past 2014. Plus, the tragic tornadoes that ripped through Central Illinois in November of 2013. It is heartbreaking to see the results of natural disasters, when it affects en...

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