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Why you should plant shade-loving hostas in your garden

With thousands of hosta species to choose from, there’s sure to be something that will work in the shady spots of your garden. Hostas aren’t without ... blue and purple bloom in spring and summer. Whe... read more

Southern blight is rare in Illinois, but it can cause collapse and death of herbaceous plants

It is a fungal disease that affects herbaceous plants (and some woody plants) and results in plant ... of your garden. There are also fungicides that can be applied to help protect your plants. If you ... read more

Here’s your to-do list for prepping your lawn or garden before winter

Raked any leaves from your lawn? Divided perennials such as daylilies, iris and Shasta daisies? While outdoors you might as well add clean the gutters, store away the patio furniture and winterize the ... read more

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Here’s how to keep Bambi from garden

All is perfect – that is, until you notice a large portion missing from the hosta alongside the house and some bark rubbed off your favorite tree. While the restructuring of your hosta may be due to p... read more


Fanatical Botanical: Be careful when planting gardenias

If you must have gardenia in your yard, there are a couple of varieties to look for. Here is a list of the few that do best in our zone 7 climate. Kleim’s Hardy – According to Monrovia, a plant breede... read more

How To Protect Your Garden From Rascally Rabbits

The good news is there are some easy ways to keep the jumpy creatures from chowing down on your hostas and herbs ... “They’re a foe I guess because you worry about each one little plant,” said Minneap... read more

How to Keep Your Yard and Garden Pest-Free Without Harsh Chemicals

They're the veritable ninjas of plant destruction ... her beautiful hosta beds unmolested by deer for years now using Irish Spring soap on stakes throughout the garden. Bring in the Predators: You won ... read more

Fall makeover, so-so veggie performance, diseased leaves: This Weekend in the Garden

hosta, Japanese painted ferns, lamium, and yucca. * Plant hardy herbs with colorful foliage, such as purple or pineapple sage, golden oregano, and golden or silver thyme. Wondering why you didn't get ... read more

Gardening: How to deal with shotweed, violets and other weeds

Plant bare root trees and shrubs. Make sure the soil is dry enough to work. Don't dig or plant in mud. •As the weather warms, start easing out your plants that wintered ... Fertilize perennials. •Divi... read more

You can take measures to protect plants from deer

... AgriLife Extension service to see the best things to plant in your area. It is best to avoid plants that deer especially love: dogwood, redbud, yew, chrysanthemum, clematis, daylilies, roses, host... read more

Pitch in to protect natural areas by avoiding invasive plants

Seeds from an invasive plant in your garden can easily be spread by birds, water or the wind to natural areas nearby. Not all foreign plants are problems. Most of the plants we enjoy in our gardens ev... read more

PLANT PALETTE: Before you put the garden to bed

If you’re at all like me, you may see problems in your yard now that ... remove that dead plant material from the garden. Otherwise, it is a potential source of infection for the next year. Some plant... read more



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