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Horticulture topics from gardens to lawns and then some.
Another sweetgum tree hit by cold temperatures. This tree has nearly leafed out by the first week of June.
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Only the Hardiest Shall Survive!

What made it through this winter? I know many of us barely did, but now that spring has seemingly sprung into summer my concern turns to the landscape. Here in west central Illinois we live in USDA cold hardiness zone 5b, with an average annual extreme minimum temperature of -10 to -15 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this winter we saw temperatures dip below the -20 degree mark, granting us a zone...

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