Lawn mowing is a real struggle this time of year. Changing the height of the cut is one way to help catch up. Longer grass is often wetter as well, making it difficult for the mower to function and cut the grass up fine enough not to leave any clumps. Timing on fruit tree sprays are critical for good fruit quality and to protect leaves from disease and insect feeding. Weeds in the landscape beds are out there quickly growing. Winter annuals like chickweed is a prolific seed producing weed that can be found growing quite happily right now. Some are shallow rooted and come out easily, others will have a tap root. Weed control also includes mulching. Continue to plant vegetable transplants that can be planted, they may need to be protected if we get frosty weather.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.