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Chicago Urban Gardening

The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois

Spring Browning of Evergreens

Posted by Ron Wolford -

"Browning on pines and other evergreens are very noticeable right now in central Illinois," according to Rhonda Ferree, Extension Educator in Horticulture. Although it is unsightly, in most cases the browning is not a major cause for concern. Fortunately in most instances, the problem is probably due to winter injury and the plant will recover. Evergreens that are susceptible to winter...

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EPA Warns Online Shoppers about Illegal, Harmful Pesticide Sales

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it has warned more than 2,800 customers across the United States about risks associated with a banned pesticide in an ant-control product they purchased online through fastpestcontrol.com. The product, Fast Ant Bait, contained mirex, a pesticide that was banned in 1978 because it can cause liver, skin, reproductive and nerve da...

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Spring

Grab your Shovel, Rake and Hoe and Get Ready for Spring!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

With warmer weather predicted, gardeners are itching to get into their gardens, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "So grab your shovel, rake and hoe and get ready for spring with the following tips," Ron Wolford urged. Save the mesh bags that oranges come in and use them this summer to dry herbs and gourds. Save pantyhose to enclose individual veggi...

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