University of Illinois Extension

Archives for September 2017

September 28, 2017
Richard Hentschel

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.

 
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September 21, 2017
Richard Hentschel

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.

 
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September 14, 2017
Richard Hentschel

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.

 
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September 7, 2017
Richard Hentschel

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.

 
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