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Planting Season

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel does a phone interview with Dennis Bowman, a Commercial Agriculture Educator for U of I Extension located on campus. Dennis and Richard discussed the differences and similarities of agriculture and horticulture this time of year. They discuss soil temperatures and planting crops like corn and soybeans, as well as many vegetables.


Soil Temperatures Cause Delays

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses coping with our ever-changing spring weather in 2018. Average soil temperature this past week have only been in the mid-30s here in northern Illinois, while the past 5-year average has been hitting 50 degrees. Richard talks about the impact on early vegetable gardening and the needed delay in applying crabgrass preventer too. A bright spot is that there is ample soil moisture for all our plants.


Waiting for Spring

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard talks about how the weather is going to change when we can get outside and plant or sow vegetables in the garden. Spring bulbs are going to be ok as they are used to having some bad weather before the better temperatures. While we wait for spring to show up, forcing blooms indoors can give us a taste right now.


Backyard Habitat

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

There are many things that can be done to make our yards a more inviting place for wildlife. Extension Educator Jason Haupt explains what makes for an ideal place for wildlife right outside your door.


Spring Clean-Up Tasks

Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

U of I Extension's Richard Hentschel discusses many of the early yard clean-up projects that can be done while we wait for the real spring weather. Early lawn clean-up with a leaf rake can take a while if you have a large yard. Uncovering spring bulbs and tender perennials is another activity that can be done, just do it slowly over a couple of weekends to allow plants to adjust. Also, don't forget about repairing any rabbit damaged shrubs while the landscape plants are dormant.


Spring Tree & Lawn Care

Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about common questions coming into the Extension office - including early spring care of shade trees, pruning, dormant oils in our home orchards and the timing for crabgrass preventer. We are still in the window for dormant pruning of our maples, elms and oaks, but for different reasons. Spraying dormant oil on our fruit trees needs to happen when we begin to have nights above 32 degrees for at least 24 to 48 hours. Crabgrass control will need to wait until soils warm and remain consistent.


Don't Stop Feeding the Birds

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses late spring bird feeding for migrating and local birds. Homeowners should make sure there is some water available now that we have no snow, as it is really appreciated by our feathered friends. In addition, keeping the feeder clean and feeder openings clear of seed debris makes it easier for birds to find their seed of choice. Also, you may want to use up seed so you do not have to store any through the summer.


Pesticides

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Did you know many of us likely use a "pesticide" almost every day, if not every day? The word pesticide, when broken down and back to its origin, means killing a pest. This could be in the garden or home, from fungicides and insecticides to kitchen sanitizers. Host Richard Hentschel breaks down pesticide options and reminds folks to be safe, and always read and folllow label instructions.


Lawn to Lake /Natural Lawn Care

Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Keeping our lakes and waterways free of fertilizers and pesticides is the responsibility of everyone, including homeowners. Allison Neubauer, Great Lakes Outreach Associate with the Illinois-Indiana SEA Grant explains ways to have a great looking lawn while protecting the environment.


Preparing for Home Orchard Work

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, host of GSU, addresses what should be done in the home orchard, starting with dormant pruning. First spray of the season is usually a dormant oil and moving on to the early cover sprays to protect emerging foliage and flowers from our windborne diseases like Cedar Apple Rust and Apple Scab. Finding your spray equipment early before you need it ensures you are ready. Take an inventory of your spray products and purchase any additional product. Allows read and follow label instructions.


Late Winter Yard To-Dos

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel talks about what is going on out in the home landscape right now. Things are pretty brown, except the colorful food and snack wrappers stuck among base of plants. Do a quick pick-up so you won't have to look at trash this spring. Rabbits may have caused some (or a lot of) damage. Check out how the bulbs are doing and protect them from rabbit feeding. While we enjoy and support our winter birds, the feed also will attract voles and rabbits. Be aware of the damage they can do elsewhere in the yard.


Seeds and Seed Packets

Posted: Monday, March 19, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

University of Illinois Extension Educator Richard Hentschel discusses saved flower and vegetable seeds, and how to check them this time of year. He also reminds us that seed packets can give us lots of good information on the best conditions for seed germination.