University of Illinois Extension

Volume 1 Issue 2

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Caring for Poinsettias

Providing proper care can ensure that the holiday poinsettia brightening your home retains its beauty for several weeks, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Protecting Fruit Trees

Winter injury is a common occurrence to apple, peach, sour cherry and other fruit trees in some parts of northern Illinois, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator who has recommendations for homeowners wishing to avoid such damage.

Pantry Insects and the Holidays

Although the holidays are some weeks off, now is not too early to start taking precautions against pantry insects, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

All-America Selections Results for 2005

Winter seed catalogs will begin to arrive, many promoting seeds as “new for 2005,” but the real “new” varieties are determined by All-America Selections (AAS), said Greg Stack, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Bring Some Spring Indoors

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.

Pruning Tips for Grapevines

As winter approaches, the time to prune grape vines takes a place on a home gardener’s agenda, said Maurice Ogutu, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Protecting Trees and Shrubs

During winter, the threat of snow or ice damage is always near for trees and shrubs, warned Sharon Yiesla, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Picking the Perfect Christmas Tree

If you are interested in finding the ideal Christmas tree to decorate your home during the upcoming holiday season, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator has a few helpful hints.