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Trees Need Water Too

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Illinois Extension Educator Richard Hentschel continues to discuss the now critical need to water valuable landscape ornamental and shade trees. Trees are the last of the plants to show wilting foliage as a symptom of a droughty condition. By the time that happens, watering is extremely important to survival. There are a variety of ways to water -- using a sprinkler, watering bags or an open-ended gardening hose in the drip line for established trees.


What & When to Water

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses watering in early August. Wilting is an obvious sign that plants need water and is easy to see on flowers, vegetables and in the lawn. Less obvious is what is going on with trees, shrubs, and evergreens. Proper watering and watering intervals during dry periods throughout the year will help ensure healthy plants.


Cougars, Bears and Wolves oh my

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Cougars, Bears and Wolves have all been spotted in Illinois in the last several years. Extension Educator Duane Friend talks about the sightings and a semindar that is coming up in August that will talk about the population trends for these animals.


Proper Care for Hanging Pots & Container Gardens

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Illinois Extension Educator Richard Hentschel discusses the best strategies for keeping hanging pots and container gardens looking great for the rest of the summer. The best approach is never letting the plants wilt. Learn how watering times and monitoring water loss will ensure flowering plants continue to bloom and container vegetables produce the best they can.


Early Summer Rains & What They Mean

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up, talks about the early summer weather pattern and what it means for lawns, garden beds and trees. He outlines the good parts of it and a few challenges now and those coming up a bit later in the season. Lots of plants have benefited from the rains with extra growth and the food reserves created.


Dangerous Plants in Illinois

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

In this podcast, Extension Educator for the University of Illinois, describes what the most common dangerous plants are in Illinois, how to identify them and how to protect yourself from them.


What's Growing & Going in the Garden

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses some early season vegetable concerns. Those early cool season vegetables may be going to seed by now and any leaves on our leafy greens can now be bitter tasting. Radishes also may go to seed and suffer the same fate. Richard talks about common tomato leaf diseases and blossom end rot and what you can do about it.


The Good, Bad and Ugly of Wet Weather

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel, Host of Green Side Up, talks about the many good, and not-so-good, effects of all the rain in the home landscape. Lawns continue to grow, mushrooms showing up in the lawn, some surprising insect activity and a quick reminder on mosquitos and ticks.


Much Ado About Mulch

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses using mulch in the home landscape. Used in the right amounts, there are many benefits to our plants with very few concerns. Richard also addresses some of the things we should do before putting the mulch down to make yard care easier later.


Renewables seminar

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

This podcast explains the upcoming seminar on homeowner renewable energy, like wind and solar.


Energy Savings for the Summer

Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

In this edition of Spotlight on Natural Resources, Extension Educator Jay Solomon points out how to save energy and money around the home during the summer months.