Extension Professional Staff
Extension Educator, Horticulture
Henderson/ Knox/ McDonough/ Warren Unit
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Expert in: general horticulture, landscape horticulture, landscape architecture and site design, sustainable best management practices (BMPs), landscape installation and maintenance of hardscape and softscape materials
Chris Enroth is the Horticulture Educator serving Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren Counties in west-central Illinois. Chris, a native to nearby Quincy, attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and received his bachelors of science in landscape horticulture. Following Carbondale, Chris relocated to Manhattan, Kansas where he attended Kansas State University and earned his Masters of Landscape Architecture.
Chris is responsible for horticulture programming in Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren Counties, with an emphasis toward the home gardener, landscape maintenance personnel, commercial landscapers, and includes both adults and youth.
Additional responsibilities include coordinating county Master Gardeners, providing their training, continuing education, advanced training, seasonal events, and organizing community outreach programs for horticulture assistance/education.
Putting the ‘Green’ Back into Landscaping: Sustainable Design
Are you or your clients interested in putting the ‘green’ back into their landscape? Professional landscape organizations have developed a new tool named the Sustainable SITES Initiative to address the sustainability movement for our industry. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Chris Enroth will introduce participants to the SITES Initiative and several different techniques to incorporate sustainable practices into the lawn and garden. During the session we will discuss sustainable lawns, rain gardens, building healthy soils and more fundamental methods to reduce your client’s eco-footprint.
Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping
Taking a sustainable approach to your yard benefits you, the environment and our future. Sustainable landscapes save money by using fewer pesticides and fertilizers and lowers power, water and waste disposal bills. Sustainable landscapes safeguard our water quality, soils and wildlife and provide us with countless ecosystem services. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Chris Enroth will introduce several different techniques to incorporate sustainable practices into the lawn and garden. During the session we will discuss sustainable lawns, how to handle stormwater, building healthy soils and more fundamental methods to reduce your eco-footprint.
Identify & Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
Enlist some natural predators in your fight to save your garden. After attending this program, participants will have fundamental knowledge to identify which insects can help them control pest populations and how to attract the good guys to your garden.
How to Kill Your Tree
A guide of what NOT to do. During this hour-long class participants will learn all the common mistakes homeowners make when planting and maintaining their most valuable landscape investment, their trees.
Planning Your Vegetable Garden (Conventional and Organic version available)
Growing a vegetable garden has benefits beyond a tasty tomato- it can also be a rewarding and productive experience. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth will introduce participants to concepts of planning and organizing their future garden patch. We will lay out elements that are essential to gardening such as: efficient irrigation, composting systems, integrated pest management, selecting your vegetables and many more basic skills and techniques.
Lawn Care to the Extreme's
Seems as of late our summers have gone to the extremes. Either we have way too much rain or none at all. Lawn Care to the Extreme's will examine proper lawn maintenance during both sopping wet and bone-dry summers. We will also discuss what you can do to get your ragged lawn in shape for this season after 2015’s extreme swings in weather.
Water Management in the Home Landscape
This program will address the issues surrounding the pressures on our nation’s water quality and provide design solutions for homeowners to reduce their impact on those downstream. Come learn the fundamentals and creative design strategies of bioswales, living roofs, rain gardens, permeable paving, and rain barrels. This program is a great opportunity to appreciate how small changes can make big impacts.
Make Every Drop Count – Xeriscaping
Tired of dragging the hose around and hauling buckets of water to parched plants? Then learn how you can incorporate xeriscaping into your home garden. Whether you desire a minimalist landscape approach or crave a lush garden; listen as Horticulture Extension Educator Chris Enroth details design strategies and proper plant selection to minimize your water usage and make every drop count.
Smart Lawn Care
Pop Quiz: Who typically applies more chemicals to their land, farmers or homeowners? The answer may surprise you. With or without the use of chemicals, proper lawn care starts with good cultural practices and integrated pest management (IPM). University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth will lead a discussion on the fundamental practices to keeping a healthy lawn without the excessive chemicals.
Getting Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens
Learn how reduce your impact downstream by building a rain garden. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth will introduce participants to the concepts and construction techniques of a successful rain garden. Chris will also discuss what plants work best in rain gardens and share some fantastic rain gardens you can visit right here in Illinois.
Landscaping for the Long-Term
Have you recently purchased a new home, are on a budget, or would like to give your gardens a new look? Avoid potential pitfalls by phasing in your new landscape over the long-term. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth will discuss the best practices for phasing in the important elements first, while accounting for the future needs of your landscape.
Gardening for Pollinators
What do pollinators do for us? Imagine how much an apple would cost if we had to pay a worker to climb around and pollinate the apple bloom. Pollinators are integral to the health and well-being of a garden and are essential for much of our vegetable production needs. Join horticulture educator Chris Enroth as we discuss the importance of bees, butterflies and other pollinators and some basic methods for attracting them to your garden. As pollinator habitat dwindles, come find out what you can do to support nature’s most vital workers.
Native Illinois Plants in the Home Landscape
Do you have a passion for wildflowers? Home gardeners will learn how and when to plant and how to maintain the long-term health and appeal of native plants. This session will equip every gardener to make the most of the beauty and hardiness of native plantings.