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Mosquito Management

Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Dandelions, Thistles and Other Weeds

Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Potpourri of Points for Spring

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


Grassy Weed ID and Control

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

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.


When You Can Plant What & Why

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Richard Hentschel discusses when we plant the vegetable garden based on the long-standing average frost free date. Soil and air temperatures are additional indicators of when we should be planting those very hardy to warm-loving vegetable transplants and seeds. Soils warm at different rates. Sandy soils warm slower than dark soils. Microclimates in the home landscape also should factor in. We can use season extenders on both ends of the season to increase the days we get to garden.


Ep. 4 - Interpreting Soil Test Results with Duane Friend

Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2018 | podcast: Green Speak

I sit down and chat with Extension Energy & Environmental Stewardship Educator Duane Friend on interpreting soil test results and what are the important takeaways when reading a soil test. Also, we talk about how Duane got involved working in the field of natural resources and some research he's doing on cover crops.

Link to soil test result we refer to during the podcast

Link to soil labs found throughout Illinois

Watch my video on how to collect a soil sample


Planting Season

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | podcast: Green Side Up

Host Richard Hentschel does a phone interview with Dennis Bowman, a Commercial Agriculture Educator for U of I Extension located on campus. Dennis and Richard discussed the differences and similarities of agriculture and horticulture this time of year. They discuss soil temperatures and planting crops like corn and soybeans, as well as many vegetables.