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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Deadheading Flowers and Spring Bulbs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Our summer season has moved along enough that the some of the flowers in the garden have finished their bloom show and now are in need of bit of help. Deadheading is simple enough, you just remove the old spent blossoms. For flowers with individual blooms, removing those spent flowers will encourage reblooming. Example...

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The Song of the Cicada

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator There has been some recent press covering cicadas in Illinois this summer. While we can have a few cicadas every year, the brood of concern will be invading northwestern Illinois in the summer of 2014. According to the experts that follow cicadas, this is known as the Iowa brood (also called the Marlatt's Brood III) an...

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Our Poor Sycamores

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator Just about this time every year, homeowners that have a Sycamore tree in the home landscape begin to notice problems. Leafing out late or seeing a second set of buds and then leaves form is not normal. While Sycamores seem to be the worst, the disease called anthracnose also infects other trees as well. Anthracnose is...

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