University of Illinois Extension

Archives for August 2014

August 29, 2014

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up talks about two major lawn insects, Grubs and Webworms.

They differ in where they feed and live. Grubs live in the soil below the thatch layer and Webworms live within the thatch. Our populations of Japanese beetle larvae are far lower than expected due to the 2013 winter temperatures, so damage may not show at all in the lawn. Sod webworms come under attack by bird feeding and a fungal disease that attack the larvae stage. This year a treatament may not be warranted.

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August 21, 2014

Richard Hentschel talks about why we plant spring bulbs in the fall and summer bulbs in the spring.

Spring bulbs need a cold temperature treatment to bloom each spring and our summer bulbs would not survive those same winter temperatures. Planting suggestions are also discussed.

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August 14, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the need to water in August, especially the new transplants in the landscape. Older plants that remain stressed also benefit from being watered. Plants that flower and later fruit are using more water than those plants that do not produce a large crop of berries, nuts or seeds. Vegetables will continue to produce fruits if water is available

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August 7, 2014

Richard Hentschel Host of Green side up talks about changes in the weather and how to plan for outdoor landscape and gardening activities. Lawn care can be a big portion of what we are taking care of. Fertilization, top dressing, overseeding can be part of that. Fall weed control allows the grasses to grow and fill in the bare spots. Vegetable and perennial beds can benefit from an application of organic matter. Keep the weed seed heads from dropping seeds in the beds to lesson the weed pressure next year.

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