University of Illinois Extension
September 18, 2014

Richard Hentschel discussed how the rain has benefitted our lawns. Richard also talks about recycling those grass clippoings and differences between organic and inorganic sources of nutritition for the lawn. This weather will promote good turf growth to fill in any bare spots from a weed control treatment. Lawn insects have really not been an issue this summer.

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August 29, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks about two major lawn insects, Grubs and Webworms.

They differ in where they feed and live. Grubs live in the soil below the thatch layer and Webworms live within the thatch. Our populations of Japanese beetle larvae are far lower than expected due to the 2013 winter temperatures, so damage may not show at all in the lawn. Sod webworms come under attack by bird feeding and a fungal disease that attack the larvae stage. This year a treatament may not be warranted.

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August 21, 2014

Richard Hentschel talks about why we plant spring bulbs in the fall and summer bulbs in the spring.

Spring bulbs need a cold temperature treatment to bloom each spring and our summer bulbs would not survive those same winter temperatures. Planting suggestions are also discussed.

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August 14, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the need to water in August, especially the new transplants in the landscape. Older plants that remain stressed also benefit from being watered. Plants that flower and later fruit are using more water than those plants that do not produce a large crop of berries, nuts or seeds. Vegetables will continue to produce fruits if water is available

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August 7, 2014

Richard Hentschel Host of Green side up talks about changes in the weather and how to plan for outdoor landscape and gardening activities. Lawn care can be a big portion of what we are taking care of. Fertilization, top dressing, overseeding can be part of that. Fall weed control allows the grasses to grow and fill in the bare spots. Vegetable and perennial beds can benefit from an application of organic matter. Keep the weed seed heads from dropping seeds in the beds to lesson the weed pressure next year.

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July 31, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of GSU and Russ Higgins conclude their July shows with a segment on insect management strategies and Integrated Pest Management. Farmers are constantly monitoring their fields before they consider making any kind of pesticide. This month, a farmer may be applying a fungicide to protect foliage to encourage good ear or pod fill on corn and beans. In the home landscape it is to keep our plants looking good. IPM encourages many other management strategies to protect our crops and ornamentals.

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July 25, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks with Commercial Agriculture Educator, Russ Higgins. Weeds are the topic for this show. Weed competition is a major concern for farmers. Russ talks about annuals, perennials, bi-annuals and winter annuals. Seed production can mean many thousands of seeds per weed plant. Letting weeds go to seeds means building up a seed bank in the soil for the next several years.

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July 17, 2014

Richard Hentschel continues talks with Russ Higgins Commercial Agriculture Educator out of the DeKalb research center. Russ and Richard discuss cucumber and bean leaf beetles, life cycles and differences among the various cucumber beetles. Later they discuss the tomato horn worm and what the adult is and why we do not associate the adult with the damaging worm.

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July 10, 2014

Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator talks with Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side up about insects that have an incomplete life cycle and how growing degree days or heat units pay a role in insect development. Incomplete develop means the young often eat the same plants as the adults and can do quite a bit of damage as a result. Insects and plants both develop based on growing degree days and often grow together.

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July 8, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks with Russ Higgins about insects and their life cycles and how and where they spend the winter. Russ described insects with complete life cycles and provided examples such as the state butterfly, the monarch. Tomato hornworm is another example. Some overwinter as an adult larva or grub stage and pupate later the next spring.

Richard relates news that the Japanese beetles may not have survived the winter months of 2013 and 2014 in the great numbers of the past few seasons

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