University of Illinois Extension

Archives for May 2018

May 31, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Host Richard Hentschel weighs in on a biting topic – mosquitos in the landscape. Learn what homeowners can do to lessen the potential of biting mosquitos in the yard.

 
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May 24, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Illinois Extension Educator Richard Hentschel discusses weeds in the landscape, perennial and vegetable beds. While dandelion and plantains and other broadleaved weeds are well known, a new comer showing up more often are the thistles. Canadian thistle is particularly troublesome by the way the underground roots easily spread the weed around the beds. To slow the populations down, cultivate very shallowly, water the plants and not the whole bed and get those weed out while they are early.

 
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May 10, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, covers several smaller, but important topics this week. Managing spring flowering bulbs can be done as the bloom show fades. Dead-heading and leaving the foliage up until the leaves naturally die down is the best way to ensure good bloom for 2019. Vegetable gardens and perennial flower beds may need to be fenced to protect them from rabbit feeding. While chicken wire works, a better alternative is rabbit fencing. Find out why edging your landscape beds now makes that project easier and learn best practices for using spent container soils too.

 
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May 3, 2018
Richard Hentschel

Host Richard Hentschel talks about three of the grassy weeds in the lawn that can cause confusion this time of year. Quackgrass and tall fescue are both perennial cool season grasses while Nimblewill is a warm season perennial grass that is appearing in lawns as a tan or straw-colored stringy grass. Some of these grasses could be confused with crabgrass, which is an annual grassy weed that is yet to germinate. Management is different depending on what is in the lawn. Crabgrass you can prevent, quackgrass and tall fescue require a different control strategy. Nimblewill is a perennial and as a warm season grass, management will have to wait until it is actively growing. Tune in to learn more.

 
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