University of Illinois Extension

Volume 1 Issue 1

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Bring in Your Houseplants Now

Many people move their houseplants outdoors for the summer to rejuvenate them after a long fall. But take care-it’s time to bring them back indoors, according to Susan Grupp, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator based in DuPage County.

Welcome Spring with Blooming Trees

Even though fall is in the air, it is not too soon to be thinking about greeting spring with an explosion of color in your yard, said Barbara Bates, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator based in Kane County.

Harvesting and Storing of Pumpkins, Winter Squash and Gourds

Fall is the season for pumpkins, fall squash and gourds and Maurice Ogutu, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator based in Chicago, recommends consumers follow these guidelines.

Preserving Evergreens During the Winter

Just finished putting the finishing touches in your landscape? The new spruces, pines, yews, arborvitae or junipers look great. They make a nice screen, wind break or specimen plant. The color is just right. Now the question is - will they stay looking good? Will they survive the winter?

Time for Fall Garden Clean Up

Fall is coming and it will soon be time to put the garden to ‘bed’ for the fall, said Sharon Yiesla, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator based in Lake County.

Forcing Spring Bulbs for Color

Getting cabin fever? Need some spring now? Then consider buying potted bulbs. At this time of year, potted tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other spring flowers are being sold at affordable prices.

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

The tradition of Halloween jack-o’-lanterns goes back to the Irish who originally carved big turnips into jack-o’-lanterns, said Ron Wolford, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator based in Chicago.