University of Illinois Extension

Archives for May 2016

May 26, 2016

Mowing and lawn care can be a real challenge with our cooler, wetter weather. Lawns are growing very strong right now. Mowing more frequently is easy to say than do when we are having lots of rain. Mowing and removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is the goal. Mowing more often also lets us leave the clippings on the lawn. Moving the mower deck a notch or two can help us maintain the 1/3 rule if the lawn gets away from us. Sharp blades is just another easy why to keep the lawn look a lot better

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May 19, 2016

How your trees are bought at the retail nurseries and Garden Centers can make a difference on how they are planted and cared for. Smaller trees can often be found as a potted plant where the plants entire root system is in that pot. Larger trees are often hand dug or machine dug and called balled and burlaped. The last two have a portion of their root system is left behind when dug. The planting hole can be as important as the condition of the tree itself. Planting holes should be not deeper the soil in a pot or the fair roots of a balled and burlaped tree.

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May 12, 2016

May is a great month to be planting trees. Replacing trees lost from the Emerald Ash borer or from the drought of 2012. Placement in the home landscape is a good place to begin, soil types, soil drainage and the sun shade pattern provided by the tree itself as well as the sun shade pattern from the sun and buildings should be taken into account. Tree canopy shape is another consideration for both summer and winter interest.

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May 5, 2016

Lawn mowing is a real struggle this time of year. Changing the height of the cut is one way to help catch up. Longer grass is often wetter as well, making it difficult for the mower to function and cut the grass up fine enough not to leave any clumps. Timing on fruit tree sprays are critical for good fruit quality and to protect leaves from disease and insect feeding. Weeds in the landscape beds are out there quickly growing. Winter annuals like chickweed is a prolific seed producing weed that can be found growing quite happily right now. Some are shallow rooted and come out easily, others will have a tap root. Weed control also includes mulching. Continue to plant vegetable transplants that can be planted, they may need to be protected if we get frosty weather.

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