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Tree Walk at Eureka College

Eureka College Campus Tree Tour

Would you like to add trees with brilliant fall foliage to your home landscape? Would you like to learn how to identify some common Illinois trees? Or would you like to learn the environmental value of these trees in your community?

Please join Kelly Allsup, University of Illinois horticulture educator on a stroll through the historic Eureka College campus to identify and learn about different specimens with notable characteristics in the fall vista. From the beautiful color to the interesting fruits and bark this time of year this will be quite a spectacular and informative walk. Allsup will cover tree selection and tree care issues that will educate every gardener, homeowner, environmentalist and student.

The tree walk, conducted by University of Illinois Extension and hosted by Eureka College, will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14 and end at 5 p.m. Please register at:

A tree walk in the fall is ideal because it can prompt you to plant and give plants time to establish roots before they are faced with drought and high temperatures of our Illinois summers.

University of Illinois Horticulture Educator, Rhonda Ferree suggests the following procedures in planting trees.

  1. Choose species that are native, grow well in areas near you, and have limited problems.
  2. Dig the hole about 50 percent wider than the root ball or root spread of your tree. It is extremely important to plant all trees at the same level in the soil at which they were originally growing—no shallower and no deeper! The sides of the root ball can be scored from top to bottom to open up the roots.
  3. Once the tree is set into the planting pit, the backfilling should be done by shoveling in and firming the soil around the root ball. Alternating water with back fill can also secure around the root ball. It is important to keep the soil moist at all times during the first few growing seasons.
  4. Mulch newly planted trees with shredded hardwood bark, compost, or coarse peat moss. These materials conserve moisture, retard weed growth, and help maintain a more even soil temperature. A 2 or 3-inch mulch is usually sufficient for one season.
  5. Buy only healthy plants. Avoid trees with cracked or ripped bark and disease or insect problems. For help in selecting a tree for your yard, go to the University of Illinois Extension Tree Selector site at

For more information on this or other horticultural issues, contact your local Extension office-Livingston, 815-842-1776; McLean, 309 663-8306; or Woodford, 309 467-3789. Visit our website at

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