University of Illinois Extension

Archives for March 2018

March 29, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about common questions coming into the Extension office - including early spring care of shade trees, pruning, dormant oils in our home orchards and the timing for crabgrass preventer. We are still in the window for dormant pruning of our maples, elms and oaks, but for different reasons. Spraying dormant oil on our fruit trees needs to happen when we begin to have nights above 32 degrees for at least 24 to 48 hours. Crabgrass control will need to wait until soils warm and remain consistent.

 
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March 22, 2018
Richard Hentschel

U of I Extension's Richard Hentschel discusses many of the early yard clean-up projects that can be done while we wait for the real spring weather. Early lawn clean-up with a leaf rake can take a while if you have a large yard. Uncovering spring bulbs and tender perennials is another activity that can be done, just do it slowly over a couple of weekends to allow plants to adjust. Also, don't forget about repairing any rabbit damaged shrubs while the landscape plants are dormant.

 
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March 15, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Host Richard Hentschel discusses late spring bird feeding for migrating and local birds. Homeowners should make sure there is some water available now that we have no snow, as it is really appreciated by our feathered friends. In addition, keeping the feeder clean and feeder openings clear of seed debris makes it easier for birds to find their seed of choice. Also, you may want to use up seed so you do not have to store any through the summer.

 
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March 8, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Did you know many of us likely use a "pesticide" almost every day, if not every day? The word pesticide, when broken down and back to its origin, means killing a pest. This could be in the garden or home, from fungicides and insecticides to kitchen sanitizers. Host Richard Hentschel breaks down pesticide options and reminds folks to be safe, and always read and folllow label instructions.

 
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March 1, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Richard Hentschel, host of GSU, addresses what should be done in the home orchard, starting with dormant pruning. First spray of the season is usually a dormant oil and moving on to the early cover sprays to protect emerging foliage and flowers from our windborne diseases like Cedar Apple Rust and Apple Scab. Finding your spray equipment early before you need it ensures you are ready. Take an inventory of your spray products and purchase any additional product. Allows read and follow label instructions.

 
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