University of Illinois Extension

Archives for March 2016

March 31, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses early spring lawn care. Hand raking to remove left over winter debris and dead grass. It is good time to see what kind of perennial weeds are in the lawn and decide what kind of treatment might be needed. A light lawn rolling might be in order if you find the lawn uneven to press the crowns back down into the soil. Getting the lawn mower ready is also a good thing to do. Sharpen the blade if that did not happen last fall as you put the mower away. Consider a new spark plug and fill the mower with fresh gas. Mow the lawn a few times before applying any lawn fertilizers.

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March 24, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about dormant pruning . Dormant pruning can be down anytime now before spring growth begins. This is good for most trees and shrubs, hard maples being an exception. It is much easier to plant structure for proper pruning. You can always remove dead wood at any time of the year, spring being one of them. Hentschel talked about the three common methods of pruning, rejuvenation, renewal and heading back cuts. Rejuvenation is great for the smaller fine textured plants. Renewal pruning gives us a new plant over a 3-4 year period and gets rid of established insects and diseases.

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March 17, 2016

Gardening season will be with us soon enough. Getting those vegetable seeds sown for growing your own transplants. Other considerations as you plan the garden include when to harden of your transplants for the garden and when you can begin to plant outdoors, whether from seed or your transplants. Seed packets will tell you all you need to know.

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March 10, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel talks about the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior study with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator. Studies are showing that if children become involved a variety of aspects of growing vegetables, the interest in eating fruits and vegetables increases and becomes part of their good eating practices. Extension, through a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, will be involved with better eating habits and choices in the school lunch programs.

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March 3, 2016

Richard Hentschel talks with Laura Barr, Nutrition and Wellness Educator about March being National Nutrition Month and how best to use the 'MyPlate' message. Laura covers the vegetables and fruits, lean meats and healthy grains.

Reducing sodium and sugar should also be part the plan.

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