University of Illinois Extension

Archives for August 2016

August 25, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the fungal activity associated with all the rainfall, especially in the lawns. Hentschel cautions about not working in the vegetable garden so disease is not spread. The rains do have the benefit of keeping our over-seeding efforts in the lawn going strongly. Fall is also a good time for a needed broadleaved weed control effort.

 
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August 18, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses pollination possibilities in the vegetable garden. We can be very surprised if you grow seeds saved from fruits last summer. Cross pollination is very necessary yet can give us something unexpected if those crosses were hybrids to begin with.

 
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August 11, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses insects, what is happening in the vegetable garden, especially those vine crops giving us cucumbers, squashes, gourds and pumpkins. We really need to keep up with harvest especially the summer squashes and cucumbers. Recent activity by what we know as a Cicada Killer can really surprise us, yet stinging us is not part of their nature. These are beneficial insects and whenever you can leave them be. Another insect that will be visible in the next few weeks is the bald faced hornet and that giant paper nest they build

 
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August 4, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses several garden and landscape topics with our recent rains. Even though we have had a lot of rain, as soon as it dries out, some plants may wilt. In the Vegetable garden, be sure to harvest mature and ripe fruit before it rains, especially tomatoes. Cucumber, summer squash will be ready in 3-4 days after pollination occurs for best size. Crabgrass in the lawn is also growing very quickly. Remove it if you can while it is small.

 
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August 4, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel discusses more on the recent rains and impacts on root systems with our annuals and newly planted perennials. Fruit development in the garden is also changing quickly with all the moisture. Vine crops produce their fruits in just a few days. These rains are also pushing our lawns along and can be longer than we want before we can get it mowed. Crabgrass has been a problem with the water as well.

 
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