University of Illinois Extension

Archives for October 2016

October 13, 2016

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses fall tree planting. Tree selection is key to a tree being able to grow to maturity and last our lifetime. Considerations should be mature size, the kind of shade the tree will provide and now consider diversity. The more diversity we have, the lessening the catch of a future outbreak like what happened with our Ash trees. Planting is another part of helping the year establish. The planting hole and depth of planting is critical. Another area is that of girdling roots which can be a problem for both balled and burlapped and container grown plants.

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October 6, 2016

Host Richard Hentschel catches us up on what is going on out in the home landscape. Lawns have enjoyed the rains and cooler weather and are vigorously growing and will need to be mowed for some weeks yet. Broad leaf weeds may need to treated if populations are high. Gardens should be regular harvested, especially the cooler season vegetables that will tolerate cold temperatures. Mulching the leaves into the lawn and mow and bag and apply the chopped up leaves into the garden or flower beds to increase organic matter content. Don't forget the need to bring the houseplants indoors before frosty temperatures

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