University of Illinois Extension

Archives for May 2014

May 29, 2014

Green Side Up host Richard Hentschel talks about replacing those plants that have been lost from insects, diseases and the harsh weather. Gardeners have the opportunity to site trees, shrubs and evergreens in better positions in the landscape. Often the mature sizes are not taken into account when selecting landscape plants. Balled and Burlapped trees are available as are container grown plants. Balled and Burlapped trees are often much larger and heavier while container grown trees can often be handled more easily by the gardener. Be sure any tree you are interested in is on the approved list by your municipality if you replacing a parkway tree.

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May 20, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel discusses why we wait to plant our warm loving vegetables in the family garden plot. Starting from seed or by transplants available from your favorite retail garden center. Vine crops can take up a lot of space, so consider bush types or provide a vertical trellis. Eggplant is another warm season crop and now comes in a number of shapes and colors. A trending vegetable is sweet potato and can be a challenge in northern gardens with the short gardening season.

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May 15, 2014

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up discusses Spring cleanup as the weather continues to warm and observations of what we might be seeing as a result of our very cold winter and unexpected frosty nights. Bed clean up to allow perennials to emerge easily, dealing with thinned turf and planting weather appropriate vegetables are covered. Warmer weather and soil temperatures provide the opportunity to plant those warm loving vegetables. Lawn mowing has begun at a short intervals as the lawns will be actively growing right now. Mowing often allows the lawn to remain competitive against lawn weeds.

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May 8, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel discusses several gardening and landscaping activities and addresses winter annual weeds in our perennial flower beds. Chickweed is very common early in the spring and generates a great number of seeds and can be a problem if left to grow. Shallow hoeing, using mulches and weed preventers if appropriate are ways to manage chickweed. In the lawn right now, Nimblewill can be seen as it remains dormant against our cool season grasses. Crabgrass remains a concern in the lawn where our preferred grasses are not competitive.

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May 1, 2014

Richard Hentschel host of Green Side Up talks about gardening with the weather and the need to be patient and begin to plant based on soil temperatures this spring rather than the usual calendar dates we are used to following. The spring weather has been quite variable and gardeners will be gambling on vegetable plan t survival if air and soil temperatures are ignored. Soil preparation can be another concern with the garden soil being too wet. It is better to wait than work the ground when it is too wet.

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