University of Illinois Extension

Archives for October 2014

October 30, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks with Jim Schuster about the past year and all the diseases that homeowners have had to deal with. Many of these diseases really got a good start as a result of the drought of 2012 and severe winter 2013. Richard and Jim talked about the 3 common Rust diseases.

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October 16, 2014

Late season plant care issues are discussed by host Richard Hentschel. Lots of plants put into your yard late in the season will need more care if planted late. Evergreens continue to suffer from the drought of 2012, so be sure you water them well just before you put the hose away. Lawns will continue to grow as long as temperatures allow. Be sure you mow often enough with a sharp blade and keep the underside of the mower deck clean for the best results. Vegetable plants that were diseased this summer should not be composted this year.

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October 9, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks about taking care of houseplants that were outside for the summer. Spider mites can be a real problem if they get established on your plants indoors for the winter. Other insects really do not survive inside and are often found dead around the houseplants. Some insects live inside the pot and are not harmful to the plant itself as they feed on decaying organic matter.

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October 2, 2014

Host Richard Hentschel talks about great activities that can be done in the yard and garden. Soil testing is best done in the fall as the results will reflect what you have added or grown in your garden or shrub beds. How many samples you need depends on the yard itself. Trouble spots should be sampled separately. Test results will tell you how well you are doing and what might be added to improve your soils.

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