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Chicago Urban Gardening

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

Repair Storm Damaged Trees with Care

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Yesterday wind and rain storms caused damage to trees and shrubs in many parts of Chicagoland. It is important to use proper pruning techniques to help restore these plants' beauty and health, as well as to protect the safety of the home area and workers. University of Illinois Extension Educators suggest the following procedures. If a tree has been severely damaged, it may not be espec...

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Lightning Kills

Posted by Ron Wolford -

With hot summer temperatures comes the increased risk of thunderstorms. Lightning reportedly kills an average of 67 people each year in the United States. Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension natural resources educator, offers these tips to protect yourself and your family from a lightning strike. When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If...

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