October 12, 2017
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about our very recent rains and the gardening and yard activities that will be easier now that our soils are moist again. Find out about lawn work, garden bed clean-up and the plant parts suitable for the compost pile.
October 5, 2017
Many home gardeners are beginning to clean up vegetable beds and others are preparing to deal with all those falling leaves. Host Richard Hentschel outlines what can be added to compost from the yard and garden, including what to avoid and how to maintain pH. In addition, he explains the green-brown rule for composting success.
September 28, 2017
In northern Illinois, we currently are in an extended droughty period. This means homeowners need to pay attention to those trees and plants that seem to take care of themselves. When the hose is out, water established trees, shrubs and perennials, as well as new additions and vegetables. Believe it or not, some trees are still recovering from the 2012 drought, five years later, and without extra help now, this period could cause more. Learn about drought, stress signs, and the impact on various types of plants with Richard Hentschel.
September 21, 2017
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about watering seeded and sodded yards and what to do with summer bulbs from the yard. Watering seeded lawns is a lot different than watering sod. Summer bulbs are those bulbs that are not winter hardy and need to dug up and protected until planting time again next year.
September 14, 2017
Fall is a good time to test soils. Host Richard Hentschel discusses the importance of taking a soil test of your garden beds to improve plant growth and yields. Soil testing does not need to be done every year, but should be done periodically to be sure the soils are not holding back your plants. Soil pH plays a really big part in the health and productivity of vegetable plants, perennials and trees, shrubs and lawn.
September 7, 2017
Northern Illinois has experienced a cool weather pattern, but we haven't had the rain we'd expect. You may not miss it, but our lawns, gardens and plants do. This drought potential should be a concern for homeowners, as well as farmers or horticulturalists. Learn more about this dry fall effect in the latest Green Side Up podcast.
August 31, 2017
Richard Hentschel, Green Side Up Host and U of I Extension Educator, reviews his list of the worst lawn pests of 2017 and what it may mean for your 2018 yard. Tune in to see what weeds and insects made the cut.
August 24, 2017
Green Side Up host Richard Hentschel discusses what is to do in the vegetable garden until the snow flies. Late summer and early fall lawn care including fertilization, weed control and lawn repair. Hentschel concludes with what is going on with trees and shrubs in the home landscape this time of year.
August 17, 2017
Host Richard Hentschel talks about the Japanese and Masked Chafer beetles and the potential need to manage these insects in the home lawn. While the numbers are up, egg laying and grub feeding is widely distributed so actual damage may be low to the home lawn. Richard talks about the threshold levels that will cause damage.
August 10, 2017
Do you have crabgrass where you always do? Do you have crabgrass where you have never seen it before? You are not alone this year. Chalk this up to our weather patterns this season. Host Richard Hentschel talks crabgrass, goosegrass and how they impact your lawn.