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You may be a serious gardener if
Try Cacti and Succulents for Easy-Care Houseplants
Selecting Tantalizing Tomatoes
Garden Resolutions for 2017
Give the gift of gardening
Plants in holiday traditions
Can houseplants improve indoor air quality?
Cautious garden banter
Giving Thanks for Gardening
Food for thought – Insects on the menu
Be on the lookout for new uninvited house guest.
Holes in trees – wood borer or woodpecker?
Little bulbs yield major reward in spring
Trial Plants winners for 2016
Yellowjackets – insects with attitude
Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Plants
Time to sign up for the Master Gardener program
September garden “to do” list
A Dose of Nature maybe just what you need
Garnishing your garden with garlic
Oakleaf Hydrangeas are a Hit
Recognizing and managing thatch in lawns
Mushrooms many
Bee friendly to beneficial insects in the garden
Don’t forget to eat the daisies
Bindweeds got you in a bind?
Nutrient deficiencies can cause yellow leaves in trees and shrubs
Exposure to sun and plants can be a blistering experience
Cultivate your Curiosity about Nature with the Master Naturalist program.
Shady lawns can be a growing challenge
Daisies are sure to make you smile
Dividing iris
Perennial Plant Introverts - Plants worth waiting for
Tree borers – prevention and management
Preventing Mosquito Problems
Wildflower or weed? You be the judge.
Spotlight on common tomato leaf spot diseases
Dogwoods offer a spring flower show
Water grass. What is it?
Add perennial vegetables for perennial harvests
Demystifying hydrangea pruning
The dazzling diversity of daffodils
Insect Hotels
Grab your pruners and your trowel; time for spring gardening
Pretty, purple and passionately palatable
Exotic Plants Added to Illegal List
Join Master Gardeners for spring fever cure
Vegetable Winners for Soups and Salads
Look out for Jumping Worms
Taking the yuck out of yucca
Perennial Plant of the Year for 2016 – Anemone x hybrid ‘Honorine Jobert’
Add a tropical flair to your home with citrus
Orchids are elegant houseplants
Trees underwater
Keep out furry house guests - Mice
Caring for Christmas cactus
Pitcher Plants - unique garden additions
How to keep rosemary happy in winter
A Gardener’s Gratitude Journal
Fall a time to celebrate sweet potatoes
Fascinating African Violets
Shrubs that are Winter Show Offs
The Spin on Spiders
Learning to “read” plants through the Master Gardener program
Trial Plants winners for 2015
Uncovering groundcovers
When was the last time you played in the dirt?
What are bagworms?
September garden “to do” list
Plant Galls – the perfect baby nursery
Identifying irritating ragweed
Dividing and transplanting peonies
Ideas from the Idea Garden
Good Gardener Equals Good Waterer
Q & A in the vegetable garden
The bodacious beauty of bananas
Garden Phlox: a perennial favorite
Add the Midas Touch to your Garden
Cultivate your Curiosity about Nature with the Master Naturalist program
Raise your garden to new heights
Beebalm a perennial favorite
Garden Walks Reveal the Reflections of Gardeners
From trains to trees Vermilion County Master Gardener Garden Walk offers it all
Canadian Climbing Roses reach new heights for durability and beauty
Design a moon garden with plants that work the nightshift
A Flurry of Activities for May Days in the Garden
Organic or not, tips for reducing pest problems
Rhubarb and Asparagus – Perennial Favorites
Henbit or Creeping Charlie?
Bring Butterflies to your Garden
Enjoy the Magnificent Flowers of Magnolia
Anxiously Anticipating Hummingbird Arrival
Steer clear of icebergs
Spring Bulbs that Light up Early
Learn to love your landscape
Terrariums – a perfect indoor garden
Time to evaluate tree pruning
Love-ly plants for the garden
Promoting good soil
Interpreting the Language of Flowers
Garden Terms Demystified
Plentiful peppers for 2015
New Veggie Varieties for 2015
Promise to Promote Pollinators in 2015
After Christmas plants are a bargain
Signs of a serious gardener
Not All Evergreens Are Created Equal
Oaks in the landscape
Plants have families too
Some Sage Advice
Colorful plants to light up our cold landscapes
Some garden chores can wait
Confused about Compost?
Is this normal? Shedding a light on the normal changes in maturing trees
Time to sign up for the Master Gardener program
Beyond Burning Bushes – Superior Shrubs for Fall Color
Goldenrods add glorious color to fall gardens
Hover Flies may look like bees but are beneficial flies
Delightfully Durable Sedums are Bee and Butterfly Magnets
Tropical plants are winter whimps
Planting Milkweeds for Monarchs
Late summer garden “to do” list
Handsome Hibiscus for House and Gardenscapes
Waging War on Weeds with Organic and Inorganic Herbicides
A Few Herbicide Basics
Are the weeds winning?
Unusual Wildlife in your Backyard? Could it be an Armadillo?
Naked lilies can dress up a summer garden
Earwigs: a creepy crawly nuisance
Cultivate your Curiosity about Nature with the Master Naturalist program
Discover the good and the bad of perennial vines
Outstanding Shrub Roses
You be the Judge - Plants on Trial
Invite Black-eyed Susan to your Summer Garden
Alert for New Disease of Basil
Bee Friendly in your Garden
A bit of cold weather returns to the garden
Follow your nose to fragrant shrubs
Pollen has the power to trigger spring time allergies
Raised beds make good garden sense
Moss – space invader or space filler?
Look for Microclimates around Your Yard Now
Time to manage apple scab
Waiting for the thaw – Veggies that laugh at the cold
When Evergreens look Everbrown
Clematis Pruning 101
Tips for pruning grapes, raspberries, and fruit trees
Veggies for small gardens
Receding snow reveals lawn woes
Flowers for a long lasting pick-me-up
What not to say to a gardener
Announcing 2014 Perennial Plant of the Year
Gardening for food, fun and fitness
A Taste of Lemon for your Tea and Garden
Tea anyone? Plan to add tea plants to your garden
Sprout Garbage Gardens for Indoor Winter Fun
Ready to download some garden apps?
Give the gift of tools for the gardener on your list
Day or night - Plants have clocks too
A Garden Gathering of Reasons to be Thankful
What to do with storm damaged trees
Holes in clothes; beware of purchasing used woolens
Avoiding the top four landscape mistakes
Hawthorns for Winter Fruit Display
After the freeze – now what?
Time to sign up for the Master Gardener program
Minute pirate bugs- little bug with a big bite
Choose native sumacs for fantastic fall foliage
Add Some Garlic to Your Garden
Not Too Late to Help Trees and Shrubs
In September a flurry of flight may greet plant huggers
Is your garden an inferno?
Sorting Through the Mystery of Pesticide Names
It's Not Too Late for a Vegetable Garden
Common vegetable gardening questions
July pest updates
Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me
Mulch can produce assorted fungi
Time to Control Bagworms
Curious about nature? Join the Master Naturalist program
Wet Weather Means Slug Smorgasbord
Growing Ornamental Onions
Stop suffering from SDD - Shrub Deficit Disorder
Maple Leaf Problems
Harvest Rain with Rain Barrels
Understanding Garden Terms
Manage Tomato Problems Now
What's the Matter with Organic Matter?
Household Ants and their Control
The Dazzling Diversity of Daffodils
Time for the Great Garlic Mustard Hunt
Time for the Great Perennial Divide
Alert for New Disease of Impatiens
Spring planting dates for flowers and vegetables
On the Lookout for Tree Pests
Get a Jump Start by Starting Seeds
Time to Rejuvenate that Old Apple Tree
Enjoy the Winter Beauty of Trees
What not to say to a gardener
Sharing Gardener's Frustrations
Announcing 2013 perennial plant of the year
Introduce yourself to underused early flowering shrubs
Perennial Plant Introverts - Plants worth waiting for
The Truth about Perpetually Pretty Perennials
Gardeners' New Year's Resolutions
Identifying Cold-Loving Winter Annuals
Promoting good soil
Pests of woolens
Musings from a Thankful Gardener
Will my plants survive the winter?
Oaks in the landscape
Time to Sign Up for the Master Gardener Program
Common Names Can Be Deceiving or Do Plants with Weed in Their name deserve it?
It's Not Too Late to Garden
Add winter squash to your menu
Colorful Autumn Leaves - Predicting and Planning
Alert on new pest of fruits – Spotted Wing Drosophila
September Garden "To Do" List
A Fungus Amongus
Sedums – Tough Plants for Tough Areas
Lawn Recovery After a Summer Drought
It's Not Too Late for a Vegetable Garden
Spider Mites Are Plaguing Plants
Poison Ivy Control Methods
Allergic to Poison ivy? Watch Out for Mangos!
Dealing with Drought with Trees and Lawns
Exploring Different Ways to Water
Other Borers Besides EAB Can Attack Ash
Curious about nature? Join the Master Naturalist program.
Q & A in the vegetable garden
Hollyhock Rust – the ugly story
Good Gardener Equals Good Waterer
Time to control bagworms
Rose rosette disease – Dream or nightmare?
Waging war on weedy garlic mustard
Recognizing and managing thatch in lawns
What to do with freeze dried plants?
Growing Asparagus - durable, easy to grow and even pretty
Repotting houseplants
Pruning Roses
Preparing garden soil for planting
Selecting Tasty Tomatoes
Pitcher Plants - unique garden additions
Time to prune shrubs
So What Does a Warm Winter Mean for our Plants?
Good bugs, bad bugs and fun bugs to watch
New Plants in the News for 2012
Try Cacti and Succulents for Easy-Care Houseplants
Award winning plants for shade
Gardening – luckily some things never change
You may be a serious gardener if...
Popular Personality of Poinsettias
Day or night - Plants have clocks too
Christmas cactus care
Take a family field trip to look for big trees
Time to sign up for the Master Gardener program
Winter Annuals Enjoy Cold Weather
Planning your community garden
Asters for late flower color
Tropical plants are winter whimps
Fall is a great time to garden
Holes in trees – wood borer or woodpecker?
Be on the look out for pine wilt disease
Will my lawn live?
Will My Lawn Live?
Hibiscus comes in many forms
Time to plant garlic
Oak wilt can devastate oaks
Late Blooming Beauties
Just like us plants vary in how well they tolerate heat
Going Green May Mean Going Grey - Using greywater in the landscape
Plants that inhibit other plants
Heat brings problems for vegetables
Chiggers - an itchy issue
Time to look close for bagworms and other garden problems
Heirlooms - a link to our past and a key to our future.
Problems with Plants?
Stately Lilies for a Summer Garden
Curious about nature? Join the Master Naturalist program.
Sweet potatoes move from the plate to the estate
Spring weather yields tree leaf problems
Managing bagworms and tent caterpillars
Beautiful bountiful beans
Insidious Invasive Plants
Lovely lilacs for your landscape
A Sprightly Spring of Native Small Flowering Trees
Clematis Pruning 101
Contain your Enthusiasm for Vegetable Gardening
When Evergreens look Everbrown
Pretty, purple and passionately palatable
What is that brown patch in my lawn?
New Flowers in the News
Grab your pruners and your trowel; time for spring gardening
Receding snow reveals lawn problems
Illegal Weedy Garden Plants
Houseplants as air filters
It's the berries
Arkansas Blue Star – Perennial Plant of the Year
Resolve to garden in 2011
Plants have families too
Where are the chestnuts?
Evergreens – inside and outside
A Holly Jolly Landscape
Some Sage Advice
Don't put away the water hose.
What's Wrong with Pines
Time to sign up for the Master Gardener program
Witchhazels – Rebels in the garden
Anticipating frost - what to do with frost sensitive plants
Composting Manure
Orchids are Elegant Houseplants
Anticipating Frost - What to Do With Frost Sensitive Plants
Spring Bulbs that Light up Early
Flight of the green menace - Emerald Ash Borer
Saving seeds
September garden "to do" list
Earthworms - Where being slimy isn't all bad
Time to seed lawns
Space Invaders – The Sequel
Weedy garden plants
Heat-loving Crabgrass
Less than perfect tree leaves
Tips for Watering
Fireflies light up the summer sky
Fungi in mulch
Excessive water causes rot problems
Earwigs prove to be more than a nuisance
Apply now for the Master Naturalist program
Manage tomato problems now
Not all bugs are bad
Time to control scale insects
What's wrong with my pine?
Garden Activities for Days of May
Raised beds make good garden sense
Pinching and Pruning – A Perennial Primer
So you want to plant a vegetable garden?
Moss in lawns – cause or merely symptom of lawn problems?
Pruning young trees
Time to plant onions
Avoiding Common Landscape Mistakes
Lawn Ornaments – Chic or Shabby
Plenty to do in a winter garden
Baptisia – Perennial Plant of the Year
People and chocolate - a long love affair
Be on the lookout for houseplant pests
Be on the lookout for houseplant pests
New plants for 2010
Predicting a Plant's Winter Survivability
You can't text a tomato
Winter is the Time to Learn
A Gardener's Wish List of Books
Hawthorns for Winter Fruit Display
Time to Protect Fish in Water Gardens
Plants Experience Wet Feet
Gardeners Giving Thanks
Still Time to Garden
Spiders are good guys
Compost Happens
Barking up the Right Tree
Tropical plants are winter whimps
A fungus amongus
Beetle Mania
Plant names can be deceiving
Discovering Japanese Maples
Ragweed and allergies
Time to seed lawns
Be on the look out for a potentially devastating tomato/potato disease – late blight
Summer brings vegetable problems
Uncovering Seedless Watermelons
Preserve the bounty of your harvest
Rose Problems
Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me
Common vegetable gardening questions
July garden activities
Household pests can be a nuisance
Rabbits in the garden
Beware of rash causing plants
Hollyhocks - a favorite summer flower
Traps to detect a destructive pest - Emerald Ash Borer
Care of Spring Bulbs after the Bloom
Don't pitch garden pots
Waging war on weedy garlic mustard
Garden Terms Demystified
To-do list for April
Water grass. What is it?
Strawberries – an easy to grow treat
Spring lawn activities
Spring planting dates
Is it time to prune clematis?
Timely landscape activities
Carnations – not your granny's bloomers
For the Love of a Gardener
Announcing perennial plant of the year
What kind of gardener are you?
Diagnosing houseplant problems
Move over iceberg
Fooling Mother Nature
Resolve to garden in 2009
Winter Woes and Icy Trees
Backyard super foods
Firewood usage
Essential elements for windbreak design
A Look at Cranberry Crop Production
Winter Annuals Enjoy Cold Weather
Get ready for Blueberries
Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Plants
Tulip history and varieties
Bountiful Bugs
Saving tropical plants over the winter
It's Apple Picking Time
Sorting through the mystery of pesticide names
Choosing Tasty Tomatoes
September garden "to do" list
Don't overlook the late bloomers
How to Lower Soil pH
Novel Ways to Manage Pests
Shady lawns can be a challenge
Q & A in the vegetable garden
Emerald Ash Borer on the horizon
It's not too late for a vegetable garden
Understanding acid-loving plants and soil pH
Idea for a garden vacation
Grow beautiful bountiful vegetables in containers
Time to prune spring flowering shrubs
Good, bad, and ugly of peonies
Walk on the Wild Side – Grow Native
Pruning young trees
Identifying grassy weeds in lawns
Be on the look out for apple scab
Going Green in the Garden
The New Look in Heucheras
Time to plant spinach
Developing a child's interest in gardening
Spring landscape activities
Gardening with allergies in mind
A Passion for Purple Vegetables
Announcing Perennial Plant of the Year
Flower pick-me-ups
Interpreting the Language of Flowers
Highlighting the rules of botanic name pronunciations
Demystifying Botanic Language
Add a tropical flair to your home with citrus
Vow to enjoy your garden this year
Start your own tradition with rosemary
Books for Gardeners
How do insects survive winter?
Lawn Care – Hire a Service or do-it-yourself?
Choose native sumacs for fantastic fall foliage
Try Cacti and Succulents for Easy-Care Houseplants
What to do with roses in the winter
Colorful Autumn Leaves - Predicting and Planning
Time to sign up for the Master Gardener program
Fall is a great time to garden
Durable, easy-to-grow plants
Difficult divas – hard to grow plants
Anticipating the upcoming frost - what to do with frost sensitive plants
Unveiling the many faces of hibiscus
Vinegar - Salad dressing or weed killer?
September garden “to do” list
Idea Garden celebrates ten years
Yellow leaves can indicate plant problems
Pitcher Plants - unique garden additions
Guidelines for Mowing Lawns
Reflections on a night garden
Control Options for Weeds
Announcing Master Naturalist program
The bewildering beauty of bigleaf hydrangea
The elusive beauty of hydrangeas
Tips for Watering
Rainbarrels are making a come back.
Still time to plant tomatoes
Be on the Look out for Emerald Ash Borer
Garden “to do” list
The Beauty of Bombastic Basil
Amazing Azaleas and Riotous Rhododendrons
The Wonders of Woodland Wildflowers
Seed or Sod. Which is best?
What To Do with Damaged Plants.
Ring in spring with pansies
Spring fling of early season insects
Spring “To do” list
Fertilizer 101
Designing with Luscious Leaves
Artichokes in and out of the garden
Uncovering the facts about groundcovers
Solving Garden Dilemmas
Beware of “miracle plants”
Cicadas –The sounds of summer
Vegetables add color to your plate and your garden
Highlighting 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year
Highlighting classic plant varieties
Learn to grow in 2007
Plants have families too
Selecting garden gloves
Repairing ice damaged trees
Flowers or no flowers – may depend on the light
Share a drink with your daffodils
Sometimes evergreens aren’t evergreen
It’s not too late to garden
Revealing the Sex Life of Plants
Spinach - Don’t Give up on a Good Thing
Bring herb plants indoors for a winter culinary treat
Keep Mickey out of Your Home
Don’t fail to take this test
September garden “to do” list
Firewood - buy it local use it local. Stop the spread of tree insects.
Mowing Tips
Incredible Edible Flowers
The Buzz on Mosquito Repellants
Common vegetable gardening questions
Chiggers – an itchy issue
Japanese Beetle Myth-information
Plants of The Past
What do we do with garden pots?
Creeping Charlie – Is he on your most unwanted list?
Plan Now To Control Bagworms
Trees With a Lot of Gall (growths called galls on trees)
Time to Enjoy Peonies
Look Local First for Garden Info
Pinching and Pruning – A Perennial Primer
Small Native Trees for A Spring Flower Show
Water Grass: What is it?
Tips for “Injury Free” Gardening
Mulching Trees Improves Growth
“To Do” List for Spring
Henbit or Creeping Charlie?
Formosan Termites And Bagged Mulch
There’s A Garden In Your Garbage
Love-ly Plants for the Garden
Weird Weather Worries
It’s the Berries
Winter – No Time to Be Dormant In the Garden
Gardeners’ New Year’s Resolutions
Signs Of A Serious Gardener
Will my plants survive the winter?
Keeping Rosemary Happy This Winter
Carpet Beetles Can Ruin Woolens
Waging War on Weedy Garlic Mustard
Late Season Garden Activities
Fun Pumpkin Facts
When To Prune Clematis
Saving Tropical Plants Over the Winter
Rain Gardens are Practical and Beautiful
Saving Seeds from Favorite Garden Plants
September Garden “To Do” List
Shady Lawns Can be a Challenge
Moths Add Mystery to the Night
The Surprise In Surprise Lilies
Plants Inhibit Growth of Other Plants
If you can't beat it; eat it!
Using Greywater in the Landscape
A Fungus Amongus
Common Problem Trees To Use With Caution
Edible Flowers – A Tasty Treat
Different Watering Methods
They’re back! Japanese Beetles are Here
Success with Watering
Problems with Pines
Understanding Botanic Names
Sick Sycamores Are Sick Again
Plants That Can Cause Skin Reactions
The Diversity Of Annual Vines
Ideas from the Idea Garden
Pruning Early Flowering Shrubs
Flowering Crabapple Trees Ignite the Landscape
"To do" List for April
The Great Perennial Divide
Time to Plant Peas
Understanding Lawn Fertilizers
Announcing the Perennial Plant of the Year - Lenten Rose
The Origins of Plants in Holiday Traditions
Just What is Dormant Oil?
Callery Pears Can Cause Problems
Miniature Roses Make Nice Valentine's Day Gifts
Bring Spring Indoors
Starting Perennial Flowers From Seed Can Be A Challenge
Evaluating Ice Damaged Trees
Health Benefits of Gardening
Books for Gardeners
Beyond Poinsettias: Alternative Holiday Plants
Protect Plants from Winter Damage from Rabbits and Rodents
Chicago Botanic Garden Evaluation Trials
Indianmeal Moths in Stored Food
A Plethora of Popcorn
Bats in Your Belfry
October Garden Chores
Planting Lesser Known Spring Bulbs
Beware of the Guys in Yellow Jackets
Evaluate Your Roses
September Garden To Do List
Time to seed lawns
Fall Webworms Are Here
Find Your Path - Selecting Path Materials
Designing Paths
Fireflies - A Light Show in the Garden
Black-eyed Susans: Great Garden Bloomers
Hydrangeas Have Big Appeal
Be on the Lookout for Hosta Diseases
Time to Pick Strawberries
Sorting Soil Amendments
Eastern Tent Caterpillars Are Feeding
Spring Landscape Activities
The Dazzling Diversity of Daffodils
Developing a Child's Interest in Gardening
Recognizing and Managing Thatch in Lawns
Correct Tree Planting
Gardening with Arthritis
Forsythias Herald in Spring
Make Room for Lettuce
Spring To Do List
Receding Snow Reveals Lawn Problems
The Language of Flowers
Warm Up with Hot Peppers
Design a Moon Garden
Spice Up Your Life
Christmas Cactus – What Do I Do Now?
Plants in Holiday Traditions
Perennials for a Winter Show
Wine and Grape Production on the Rise in Illinois
Matching Light Levels to Houseplants
When to Prune Trees and Shrubs
Attracting Birds to Your Yard
Still Plenty of Things To Do in the Garden
What Is the Shelf Life of Pesticides?
Compost Happens
Pruning Clematis Demystified
Preserve the Last of the Summer Flowers
Beetle Mania
September Garden
Beware of the Guys in Yellow Jackets
Ash Tree Problems
Fresh Is Best
Is It a Bagworm, Fall Webworm or Eastern Tent Caterpillar Eating My Tree?
Butterfly Bushes Are Butterfly Magnets
Relish Reliable Raspberries
Purslane - Weed It or Eat It?
July Gardening Activities
They're Back! Japanese Beetles Are Here
It's Not Too Late for a Vegetable Garden
Time to Control Bagworms
Mulching Trees Improves Growth
Lawn Mowing Guidelines
Growing Ornamental Onions
Time to Prune Spring Flowering Shrubs
Ask Rosemary to Your Next Dinner
Bulbs That Refuse to Bloom
Uncovering Ground Covers for Shade
Tasty Tomato Varieties
Poison Ivy Identification and Control
Bountiful Broccoli
April Activities in the Garden
Dealing with Moss in Lawns
Gardening with Allergies in Mind
Tips for Successful Container Gardens
Failure of Trees and Shrubs to Bloom
Avoiding Ice Damage in Trees
Color in the Garden
Plants in Honor of Valentines Day
Tips on Buying Firewood
Fooling Mother Nature
Growing African Violets
Reblooming Poinsettias
Holiday Plant Care
Enjoy the Diversity of Conifers
Choosing a Live Cut Christmas Tree
Make Bird Feeding Safe for the Birds
Winterizing Garden Tools
Winter Survival Tips for Broadleaf Evergreens
Adding Squash to Your Menu
It's Not Too Late to Garden
Fertilizing Home Lawns
Shrubs and Perennials for Fall Color
Minute Pirate Bugs – Little Bug with a Big Bite
Prepare Houseplants for Trip Back Indoors
Plant Daffodils Now for a Burst of Spring Color
Signs of a Serious Gardener
Late Bloomers for the Garden
Proper Harvesting of Fruits and Vegetables
Tips on Starting a New Lawn
It's Salsa Time!
Identifying and Controlling Scale Insects
Weed Identification and Control
Wet Then Dry Brings Diseases
A Quick Look at the History of Plants and People
Time to Scout for Japanese Beetles
Beautiful, Bountiful Blueberries
Anthracnose on Sycamores and Other Tree Leaf Diseases
Dog Owners Beware of Cocoa Mulch
The Colorful Chaos of Coleus
Flooding Causes Problems for Landscape Plants
Growing Lilacs
Native Flowering Trees for the Landscape
Spring Wildflowers Showoff
Control Early Blooming Annual Weeds Now
Controlling Crabgrass In the Lawn
Some Flowers Laugh at the Snow
Controlling Ants – The #1 Urban Pest
Go Wild Designing with Colorful Leaves
Growing Native Grasses in the Landscape
Strawberries: An Easy-to-Grow Treat
Beware of
Don't Delay on Dormant Season Activities
How Will The Cold Affect Our Plants?
Organic or Not — Tips for Reducing Pest Problems
Go Tropical with Cannas
Be on the Lookout for Gypsy Moth
Keeping Rosemary Happy This Winter
Tips on Identifying Evergreens
Give the Living Gift of a Tree
Shrubs for Winter Interest
Giving Thanks for Strawberries
Answering Questions About Pesticides
Christmas Cactus Care
Ridding Your Home of Hazardous Household Waste
Some Landscape Problems Not So Serious
Late Season Garden Activities
Predicting Fall Color Is No Easy Task
Storing Tender Bulbs for the Winter
Goldenrods Add Late Season Color
Compost Happens
Crickets Invade Homes
Garden "To Do" Lists
Bagworm, Fall Webworm or Eastern Tent Caterpillar?
Common Vegetable Garden Questions
Heat Zones
On the Lookout for Rose Problems
The Versatility of Daylilies
Designing with Colorful Leaves
Controlling Japanese Beetles
Time to Divide Iris
Iron Chlorosis Symptoms and Solutions
Controlling Bagworms
Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay
Problems with White Pines
Butterfly Gardening
Herbs Spice Up Your Cooking
Beautiful Flowering Shrubs for Shade
April Activities in the Flower Garden
Be on the Lookout for Apple Scab
Growing Potatoes
Getting to Know Underused Early Flowering Shrubs
Some Underused Small Trees
Repotting Houseplants
Choosing the Right Tools
Producing Quality Seedlings at Home
EarthwormsWhere Slimy Isn't All That Bad
Caring for Your Amaryllis
Bring Spring Closer By Forcing Branches Indoors
Tips on Garden Design
Never Underestimate the Power of a Tree
Adding Colorful Shrubs to the Winter Landscape
Fun Facts About Christmas Trees
Diagnosing Houseplant Problems
Brighten Your Holiday with Poinsettias
Essential Elements for Windbreak Design
Controlling Winter Annual Weeds Now
Growing Horseradish in the Home Garden
Ladybugs Can Be a Real Nuisance
Harvesting and Storing Gourds and Pumpkins
Trees with Great Fall Color
Selecting an Arborist
Winter Care for Tropical Bloomers
Selecting Apple Varieties
Beware of the Guys in the Yellow Jackets
Time to Divide Peonies
Chrysanthemums for Fall Color
Spiders Are Good Guys
Poisonous Plants in the House and Garden
Controlling Black Spot Disease of Roses
Don't Forget to Eat the Daisies
Time to Divide Iris
Excessive Water Causes Rot Problems
Controlling Japanese Beetles
Earwigs Prove to Be More Than a Nuisance
To Spray or Not to Spray Pesticides
Identifying Insect Galls on Trees
Bombastic Basil for Gardens and Kitchens
The Versatility of Perennial Vines
Using Manure in the Garden
Underused Maples in the Landscape
Mulch to Conserve Moisture
Mixing Soils for Containers
Time to Plant Strawberries
Woodpeckers Can Damage Houses and Trees
Long Bloomers for the Best Dressed Gardens
Practice Correct Tree Planting
Use Late Flowering Magnolias
Watch Out for Problem Trees
How to Attract Beneficial
Tips for Early Spring Activity
Gourmet Vegetables
Predicting Plant Survival in Cold Temperatures
Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear
How Plants Respond to the Length of Daylight
Selecting Alternative Holiday Plants
Gifts for Gardeners
Add a Living Christmas Tree to Your Holidays
Bring Herb Plants Indoors for a Winter Culinary Treat
Bring Herb Plants Indoors for a Winter Culinary Treat
Time to Plan for Winter Protection of Roses
Storing Tender Flower Bulbs for the Winter
Tulip History and Varieties
Preparing Black Walnuts for Eating
Bird Feeding  A Winter Hobby for Gardeners
Ornamental Grasses Offer Tremendous Variety in Color, Size and Shape
Time to Plant Garlic
Be on the Lookout for Pine Wilt Disease
Small Native Trees for the Landscape
Time to Sow Grass Seed
Weed Control Options
Grub Control Options for Home Lawns
Lilies Add Drama to a Summer Garden
Controlling Japanese Beetles
Identifying Tomato Problems
Tree Conditions That May Appear Serious But Are Not Life Threatening
Lesser Known Shrubs Offer Beautiful Flowers and Shade Tolerance
Improperly Constructed Compost Piles Attract Pests
Some Plants Are Illegal to Grow in Illinois
Preventing Pests in Stored Food
Lesser Known Spring Flowering Trees
Long Blooming Flowers
Household Ants and Their Control
Some Recommended Varieties of Clematis - Queen of the Flowering Vines
Spring Lawn Activities
Nuisance Insects That Make Their Way Indoors in the Fall Are Now Trying to Get Back Out
Proper Timing of Shrub Pruning
Asparagus - Durable, Easy to Grow and Even Pretty
Flowering Crabapple Trees Offer Variety and Color in the Landscape
How to Attract Beneficial Insects to the Garden
What to Look for When Buying Tillers
Tips for Pruning Grapes, Raspberries, Fruit Trees and Shade Trees
Shrubs to Add to the Landscape for Winter Interest
Predicting a Plant's Ability to Survive the Cold
Heat Up with a Salsa Garden
Care for Plants After the Holidays
Signs of a Serious Gardner
Reducing Deer Damage to Landscape Plants
Soil Conditioners Are Explained
It's a Good Thing Roses Are Easier to Enjoy Than They Are to Categorize
Sorting Through Rose Varieties
Nuisance Insects That Make Their Way Indoors in the Fall
Options for Leaf Use and Disposal
Suggestions For Selecting An Arborist
Trees Showing Drought Stress
Insects Found in Large Numbers This Time of Year
Fall Grassy Weed Control
Plants That Can Cause Skin Reactions
Yellow Nutsedge Weed Control in Lawns
Disease of Roses Called Rose Rosette
Summer Brings Tomato Problems
Enjoying Your Garden
Mulching Trees
Reusing and Recycling Christmas Greenery
Identifying Ticks and How to Prevent Them
Attract Hummingbirds to Garden
University of Minnesota Develops Hardy Azaleas
Selecting Trees for Their Showy Flowers
Interesting Leaves in the Flower Garden
Spring Woodland Wildflowers Are Blooming
Weeds as Indicators of Lawn Problems
Annual Vines Have Many Uses and Varieties
Outstanding New Shrub Roses
Spring Planting Dates
Household Ants and Their Control
Tips for Pruning Grapes, Raspberries, Fruit Trees and Shade Trees
Take Care in Choosing, Preserving Cut Roses
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs
How to Select Garden Catalogs
How Plants Are Affected by Cold and Winter and How to Protect Them
Plants Not Favored by Deer and Rabbits
The Origins of Plants in Holiday Traditions