University of Illinois Extension

Archives for October 2013

October 31, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel covers those late season activities in the home landscape. Fallen leaves can be left in the Perennial Beds or vegetable garden, but should be taken off the lawn. Bag and mulch them and spread them in other beds in the yard. Spring flowering bulbs still have time to establish this fall, so go ahead and get them planted. Fall equipment maintenance is another area that can be done once we are through with our gasoline equipment. Change the oil, put in fresh gas with a stabilizer. Clean the loose dirt off of the hand tools and lightly coat the exposed metal with light oil. After that last watering, drain and store the garden hose

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October 24, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side up talks about houseplant s this week. Richard discusses how to handle houseplants once indoors after having spent the summer outdoors. When you bring in those plants, you could be bringing in some nuisance pests as well. Other pests on above pot parts can be spider mites and scale. Care and culture are important in keeping our houseplants alive until spring when they can go back outside.

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October 17, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel discusses more of October garden activities that include late season watering, especially of our newly planted trees, shrubs and evergreens as well as established broad leaved evergreens. Mowing should continue late into the season as long as the lawn continues to grow. Fall fertilization of the lawn is something to be done yet, as is a weed control treatment. Late season weed control also leaves your garden beds open and gives a head start on next spring. Use leaves and clean plant parts could be used to build a compost pile

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October 10, 2013

Richard Hentschel discusses what kind of garden and yard activities can still be done. Trees, Shrubs and evergreens can still be planted through the end of October. Soil amendments to our soils will aid in the plants recovery. Planting depth is very important and needs special attention to be sure our plants are not too deep or shallow in the planting hole. Pay close attention and be sure potted plants have the root ball disturbed so girdling roots to not form. Richard also talks about late season watering.

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