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PestManagementintheGarden

Pest Management in the Garden

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Warm weather has arrived and our plants are starting to green-up and bloom. That also means weeds, insects, and diseases are starting to become active too. As the saying goes the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes, and if you're a gardener you can also include pests in the list of life's guarantees. When faced with some of these pest problems this year consider using int...

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GG Mistakes

Top Ten Mistakes Made in the Home Landscape

Spring is certainly in the air. It seems we finally had our first nice day of the year, with highs in the low 70s and sunshine warming the soil as daffodils and crocus burst forth and begin to flower. Spring also brings the weekend warriors. After being trapped indoors for months on end, we Midwesterners are brushing off the mowers, blowers, and loppers. Our anxiousness to get outside o...

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Creating Pollinator Habitat

Creating Pollinator Habitat

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

Pollinators have been in the news a lot the last few years and for good reason, they're kind of important. Seventy-five percent of all plant species are pollinated by animals (and 90% of flowering plants). Without pollinators, our world would look a lot different. Many different animals will pollinate plants. While we tend to focus on bees (particularly honey bees), other insects such as butter...

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Monarch Butterfly Status 2019

Monarch Spring Migration 2019 & I-Pollinate Citizen Science Initiative

Spring is a herald of life. Grass flushes green, buds on trees swell with optimism, vegetables ready for planting in the garden emerge from basements crowded in flats. Spring also brings speculation. What will we encounter this growing season? What do the climatologists predict? Are all the Japanese beetles dead? However, the news that I wait for every spring are updates on the status o...

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a few Spring Garden Tasks

A Few Spring Garden Tasks

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

The weather is starting to warm up and the spring peepers are singing . There are going to be a lot of things to do out in the garden here soon. Here are just a few things to consider doing....

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TreePlantingTiming

When is the Best Time of Year to Plant Trees?

"Spring is better!" "No, fall is better!" "No, spring is better!" "Fall is better!" What you are reading is the debate between two gardeners about when to plants trees. Here's the secret, they're both right and a little wrong, at least here in Illinois. After a long, cold, and snow-laden winter, many of us gardener's are eyeing a particular spot. A spot that could use a tree. Fo...

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Seed Starting

Posted by Ken Johnson - Articles

As spring creeps closer and closer many of us are starting to get the itch to go outside and start digging in the dirt. While it's still too early to do that, it is time to start thinking about starting seeds indoors. If you've never started your own seeds before, there are several advantages to doing so. When starting seeds indoors you tend to get better germination rates when compared...

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