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Mekenzie Riley, MS, RD
Former Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Many landscape plant materials suffered devastating effects from last fall's Central Illinois tornadoes. Dealing with these problems requires a basic understanding of the type of damage that occurred, as well as the best management practices required to address the situation(s). To meet these needs, we have compiled a number of Extension educational resources for your use.
Step 1. Tree Safety
Step 2. Manage Soils
- Preserve trees during construction
- Do soil tests
Step 3. Plan an even better new landscape
- Assess existing plants
- Consider sustainable practices
- Right Plant, Right Place!
Consider this important point from the Morton Arboretum from their Native Trees of the Midwest publication..."Although they are desirable for their rapid contribution to the landscape, fast-growing trees are often shorter-lived, more susceptible to disease and insect problems, and more likely to break from wind and ice."
Step 4. Install, Maintain, and Enjoy your new landscape - Remember to call JULIE before you dig!
Step 5. Ask for Help
- Master Gardeners
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone helpline: 309-685-3140309-685-3140
Monday – Friday from 9 am to noon
- University of Illinois Plant Clinic
Fact sheet with links to site with more information on each topic.