University of Illinois Extension
October 30, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks with Jim Schuster about the past year and all the diseases that homeowners have had to deal with. Many of these diseases really got a good start as a result of the drought of 2012 and severe winter 2013. Richard and Jim talked about the 3 common Rust diseases.

 
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October 16, 2014

Late season plant care issues are discussed by host Richard Hentschel. Lots of plants put into your yard late in the season will need more care if planted late. Evergreens continue to suffer from the drought of 2012, so be sure you water them well just before you put the hose away. Lawns will continue to grow as long as temperatures allow. Be sure you mow often enough with a sharp blade and keep the underside of the mower deck clean for the best results. Vegetable plants that were diseased this summer should not be composted this year.

 
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October 9, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks about taking care of houseplants that were outside for the summer. Spider mites can be a real problem if they get established on your plants indoors for the winter. Other insects really do not survive inside and are often found dead around the houseplants. Some insects live inside the pot and are not harmful to the plant itself as they feed on decaying organic matter.

 
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October 2, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks about great activities that can be done in the yard and garden. Soil testing is best done in the fall as the results will reflect what you have added or grown in your garden or shrub beds. How many samples you need depends on the yard itself. Trouble spots should be sampled separately. Test results will tell you how well you are doing and what might be added to improve your soils.

 
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September 25, 2014

Richard Hentschel, Host of Green Side Up discusses planting trees, shrubs and evergreens. Fall is a great time to plant with the cooler temperatures and rainfall. Plants are often sold as balled and burlapped and container grown. Those differences impact how quickly your plants will recover. Other differences will be how you treat and plant balled and burlapped and containerized plants. Soils and locations can make a big difference on how well a plant does.

 
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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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