University of Illinois Extension

Archives for April 2015

April 23, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about Crabgrass management, covering how preventer works and what you can do if you see young crabgrass plants in the lawn. Other ideas shared on how to improve the health and appearance of the lawn. Making sure the mower deck is level and checking the mowing height. Higher cuts allow for deeper roots and provide more drought tolerance. Also included is information on mower blade sharpness.

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April 16, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about early season gardening. Northern Illinois has about 160 to 170 days of growing days. Southern Illinois has for example about 200 days or nearly another month. In our area we can easily get two gardens a year. Our second garden needs to be planted about mid-summer to there are enough weather to get our fall gardens harvested. Vegetables should be planted based on our average frost free date of May 5th. This date is a guide to allow for starting seeds indoors according to the seed packet or setting out the transplants. Richard also talks about alternative ways to grow vegetables around the home.

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April 9, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about very early season gardening. Very hardy plants can be transplants or seeds can be put out 4-6 weeks ahead of our average frost free date. Frost tolerant veggies get out in the garden 2-3 weeks before that average frost free date. Tender veggies are planted on or about that average frost free date and the last group known as warm loving go out 1-2 weeks after the average frost free date.

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April 2, 2015

Host Richard Hentschel talks about early lawn care. Removal of winter debris by hand is a good activity to start out our lawn program for the year. Perhaps a light rolling will be needed to press the grass plant crowns down for good soil contact. Taking a weed inventory can be helpful to plan any weed management strategies for the year. Find the lawn mower and clean the air cleaner and mower deck. Pull the spark plug wire and remove and sharpen the blade. Prepare to mow the lawn as soon as it needs it.

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