University of Illinois Extension

Archives for May 2013

May 30, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel discusses how to manage spring bulbs once the blooms fade. Bulbs need time to rebuild reserves and create next seasons bloom show. Leaving the foliage in place as long as possible and letting those leaves turn brown all on their own is the best. Deadheading the flowers to remove the seed head is another way of focusing the movement of food reserves into the bulb. Hiding the leaves by planting in front or allowing other perennials grow and cover them is an easy way to care for them. Spring bulbs can also be fertilized at or just after bloom too.

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May 23, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel talks about lawn care and some easy things we can do to change the appearance and performance of the home lawn. Height of cut and frequency of mowing are two easy ways to make our lawn look better. A slightly taller lawn will conserve more moisture, be more tolerance of stresses and recover quicker. Richard also discusses the differences of mulching mowers and side discharge and bagger mowers.

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May 16, 2013

Richard Hentschel talks more about the kinds of trees, shrubs and evergreens available to homeowners. Richard compares Potted Plants and Balled and Burlapped. He also discusses what a proper planting hole is, amending backfill material and watering during the whole transplant time frame. Planting depth is very important. Paying attention to the crown area on any tree, shrub or evergreen is critical. Planting too deep is one of the most common mistakes. Find out where the crown is and then we know how deep to dig the planting hole.

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May 9, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel discusses considerations for selecting trees, shrubs and evergreens. Site variations include sun or shade, soil type and how to ammend are discussed. Plant selection should include mature size and other desireable traits.

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May 2, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks about lawn weeds in 2013. With our lawns that are thinned out, weeds can easily fill those open spots. Winter annuals can just get worse if not managed early in the season. Thin lawns will see annual grasses like foxtails, crabgrass and goose grass germinating. Perennial grassy weeds like Quackgrass or Tall fescue can really spread too. Management changes like mowing more frequently with a sharp mower blade and managing the fertilizer program more carefully to avoid flushes of grass growth will encourage a better, healthier looking lawn.

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