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Want to be a real detective?

The University of Extension will again be sponsoring the First Detector Workshops in 2016, for the third year in a row. These workshops have been well received by Arborists, Master Gardeners, City Arborists, Master Naturalists, Landscaper and Nursery business for their timely and strong informational content on known invasive species and those invasive pests headed to Illinois. The worksh...

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Plant and insect predictions for 2016

Gardeners and commercial growers alike are enjoying the mild winter so far, not worrying about those tender perennials or those later than should have been transplants out in the home landscape or overwintering production crops. What may be a bit of concern is with the mild winter, so far anyway, is what are the insect populations looking like for 2016 and how are plants going to respond next...

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Controlling animal pests inside and out

In a normal year, this column in the middle of December would be talking about how to deal with wildlife in the yard that damage our valuable landscape plants from feeding damage. It's a little different this year. As we continue to enjoy the milder weather, so are the field mice. Starting late summer, Extension has gotten many calls, as would be expected, about mice in the home. These...

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Those other holiday gift plants

Holiday gift plants are always appreciated when given this time of year. The more traditional plants in the past have included Poinsettia, Christmas cactus and Azalea. There are others that are also given like Ornamental Pepper and Cherry, Amaryllis bulbs, Cyclamen and Kalanchoe. All the holiday gift plants will provide us with beautiful foliage and flowers if kept in the coolest part of the h...

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