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Driveway Sealants

Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2017 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Sarah Zack, Pollution Prevention Extension Specialist and Visiting Scholar at Loyola University Chicago, talks about the pros and cons of Driveway Sealants and what to look for when buying.


Planning for Bird Feeding & Firewood this Winter

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel talks about birds, winter bird feeding and keeping the birds watered. He also explores good management when purchasing and storing firewood for the winter. Both activities benefit from a little planning. Bird feeding means dedicating time and resources, and starting soon and continuing all winter long into late spring when Mother Nature can supply the food. For firewood, the best heat means proper moisture content, find of wood and storage.


Recent Rains Could Alter To-Do List

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about our very recent rains and the gardening and yard activities that will be easier now that our soils are moist again. Find out about lawn work, garden bed clean-up and the plant parts suitable for the compost pile.


Fall Clean Up and Compost

Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Many home gardeners are beginning to clean up vegetable beds and others are preparing to deal with all those falling leaves. Host Richard Hentschel outlines what can be added to compost from the yard and garden, including what to avoid and how to maintain pH. In addition, he explains the green-brown rule for composting success.


Broadening the Watering

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Lawn and Bulb Care

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Soil Testing

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Woodpeckers in Illinois

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Peggy Doty, Extension Educator in Natural Resources discusses the woodpecker's place in the ecosystem.


We May Not Miss the Rain but We Should

Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Top Lawn Pests of 2017

Posted: Friday, September 1, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, Green Side Up Host and U of I Extension Educator, reviews his list of the worst lawn pests of 2017 and what it may mean for your 2018 yard. Tune in to see what weeds and insects made the cut.


Disaster Preparedness

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

In this podcast, Illinois Extension Educator, Duane Friend talks about items that should be in your disaster preparedness kit.


Late Summer/Early Fall Yard Work

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 | podcast: Green Side Up

Green Side Up host Richard Hentschel discusses what is to do in the vegetable garden until the snow flies. Late summer and early fall lawn care including fertilization, weed control and lawn repair. Hentschel concludes with what is going on with trees and shrubs in the home landscape this time of year.