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Over the Fence

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

Yellow Green Leaves on the Shade Trees

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

In the past couple of weeks some of our large shade trees have signs of chlorosis showing up. The leaves are not the medium and deep green they are normally and can have darker veins that fade out into the surrounding leaf tissue. Chlorosis is most of often caused by a nutrient deficiency, not because there is enough of resources in the soil, but the plants inability to...

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Plants in Decline

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

For a Horticulturist, this month has not visually been a good one. Sure there has been abundant and beautiful flowers from annuals and perennials and the spring bloom from our ornamental shrubs and trees was spectacular. What I am writing about this week is the visual decline out in the landscape, both residential and community with our larger older trees, shrubs and evergreens. The heat this...

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Lets' Talk Grubs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

To control or not to control, that is the question. There are two grubs that historically have caused us to ponder the control question, our native Masked Chafer (White Grub) and our not so native Japanese Beetle. The Masked Chafer will lay eggs in the latter half of July in the northern parts if Illinois, the Japanese Beetle is feeding heavily now and will also be laying eggs yet this month....

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Questions and Answers

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Questions coming in over the phone, via email and with residents visiting the Master Gardener Help Desks is really an easy way to see any developing trends in the home landscape. Some weeks' it is all about insects, other weeks' plant diseases. Here are few from the past few days. Can I cut back my Asparagus now? You should really leave the Asparagus foliage standing until it...

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Flower Beds Needing Some TLC

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

About this time of year gardeners are wondering why some of the flower beds are looking good and others never seemed to really take off and fill in. Garden soils can make such a difference in how quickly flowers will cover the bed. With all the rain we had earlier, poor drainage is often at the "root" of things with water logged soils and limited soil oxygen present. Good root development coun...

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