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The Power of Winterizing

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel discusses winterizing garden equipment with gasoline engine, corded and battery run garden equipment, plus hand tools and even the lowly garden hose. Doing some preventative maintenance will allow these tools to last a long time and be easier to start next spring.


Family Fun (& Responsibility) - Feeding the Birds

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel discusses a great winter activity for the whole family – feeding the birds. He stresses the need that once you start, don't stop feeding the birds until late spring when nature can once again provide our feathered friends. Specific kinds of seed, as well as feeders, can attract your favorite backyard birds. And, don't forget the water!


Leaves can Benefit the Landscape

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Green Side Up Host Richard Hentschel talks more about ways to use fallen leaves from your shade trees, besides composting. He explores the benefits to the soil and plants in the home landscape too.


October To-Do List

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel discusses what we can be doing in the yard while the weather lets us in mid-October. Winterizing garden beds, groundcovers, doing some dormant pruning and keeping up with the lawn and fall leaves is a great start in putting the home landscape "to bed."


Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2018 | podcast: Spotlight on Natural Resources

Now is a good time to invest some time and money into making your home more winter-ready. Duane Friend, Extension Educator in Natural Resources for University of Illinois Extension, explains how to take some simple steps toward energy savings.


Fire Pit & Fireplace Season

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

With temperatures dropping, the outdoor fire pit and indoor fireplaces are coming back in use. Whether you cut, split and dry your own firewood or buy it for the winter, good management will reward you with more heat and less smoke. Host Richard Hentschel provides firewood tips for the season.