University of Illinois Extension

Volume 7 Issue 1

Articles in this issue...

Dig and Store Summer Bulbs

Now as summer is winding down and frost may soon be on the way, it is time to dig and store summer bulbs like dahlias and gladiolus, said Sharon Yiesla, U of I Extension horticulture educator."These bulbs can be dug and stored inside for use in the garden next summer,"said Yiesla.

You've Got Crabgrass, Now What?

If you have a lawn, you likely have had some crabgrass somewhere in the yard despite your best efforts, says Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois Extension green industry specialist."The weather for both rain and temperatures has really challenged the homeowner this year,"said Hentschel.

Composting

Gardeners refer to compost as black gold because it is a great material for garden soil. Adding compost to clay soil makes them easier to work and plant. The addition of compost to sandy soils improves the water holding capacity, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Ladybugs

Is your house being overrun with orange beetles? Many people are having this problem, noted a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "There are several thousand species of ladybugs or ladybeetles or ladybirds as they may be called, depending on where you live and what your mom called them," explained Jeff Rugg.

Take Care of Your Raspberry Patch in the Fall

Summer bearing and fall/everbearing are the two types of raspberries that are commonly grown in Illinois, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Fruit is borne on two-year old canes in summer-bearing types and one-year-old canes in fall/everbearing types," said Maurice Ogutu.

Bringing Plants Inside

Plants that were taken outside this past spring need to be prepared for coming back inside, said James Schuster, U of I Extension plant pathology specialist. "If plants are brought in without any re-adaptation, the leaves will yellow and fall off just like they did when the plants were taken outside in the spring without proper hardening off," explained Schuster.