University of Illinois Extension

Volume 10 - Issue 1 Fall

Articles in this issue...

Prairie Grasses with Personality

When looking for an ornamental grass to either add to your perennial plant collection or get your collection started, there are any number of fine grasses to choose from, said Greg Stack U of I Extension horticulturist.

Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

When you think of Halloween, what pops into your head? Trick or treating, candy, fall and maybe pumpkins! Pumpkins and Halloween just go together.

Fall Flowers Add Color to the Garden

"Native wildflowers and their cultivars - yellow goldenrod, purple asters, golden sunflowers, and dusty rose Joe Pye create a lot of interest not only because of the attractive flowers, but also, the amazing variety of native butterflies, moths and other insects that feed on them," said Nancy Pollard U of I horticulturist.

How to Plant a Tree

Fall is a great time to plant trees, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "Nearly all of Northern Illinois have seen the decline and loss of ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer or the drought of 2012," said Richard Hentschel.

Don't Forget Fall Lawn Care

The summer of 2013 has been so much better than last year when you consider the amount of rainfall this spring and more mild daily temperatures, said Richard Hentschel University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.

Tree Wound Dressing: Helpful or Hinderance?

Many gardeners have experienced that awful moment when the lawn mower or weed whacker accidentally comes in contact with the bark of a valued tree in the landscape and a wound is created, said a University of Illinois Extension Educator.