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Over the Fence

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

What to Do with All Those Leaves?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  The fall foliage show of reds, yellows, gold have begun to subside and soon enough a night of below freezing temperatures will bring that to a close and all those leaves will end up in the landscape. If you are out there in the country with natural woodlands, leaves play a part in preserving the natural habitat of native trees, shrubs and flowers. If that is the case, just let...

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What's Going on in the Garden?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  Our ornamental landscape beds are really going through the process of getting ready for winter in a big way now. The weather pattern with warm days and cooler to cold nights has triggered the plants physiology from one of active growth to that of preparing for dormancy. Once that begins, there are clear signs, like fall color development and diseases like powdery mildew that can be se...

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First Really Cold Weather

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  We should have been expecting it, but no one is really ever ready for the first really cold weather we get. Our hardy trees, shrubs and evergreens or perennials weren't really impacted by low 30's and upper 30's that areas in the Fox Valley received. Gardeners do plant lots of tender flowers for their color, texture and habit that make our gardens shine, yet can be much more sensitive...

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