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Fanatical Botanical: Don't get ticked in your garden

To protect yourself and pets from ticks while gardening in your yard, here are some things you can do: Treat your lawn with an insecticide. Every year at my house, we apply an all-natural insecticide ... read more

Which hostas to plant where

Here's how you can tell the difference between dangerous blue-green algae and harmless algae. It's raspberry season around the region. Charlie Nardozzi has some tips on how to protect your crop from d... read more

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

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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


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

Fanatical Botanical: How to extend your growing season

The main goals of garden protection are simple: keep the frost from touching the plants; trap heat from the ground so it can’t escape; trap heat coming from the sun; and protect ... proactive way to e... 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

Mystery hosta-eaters (NOT slugs either)

Voles are small mouse-like rodents that feast on a variety of plant ... eating your hosta doesn't guarantee they'll eat the begonias. They might not even have an appetite by the time they're done fill... 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

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

Local hostas may look a little sickly thanks to fungi

Barry Hansen, Morton Grove I have observed the same symptoms on hostas in many local gardens. It is likely that your hostas are being affected ... The fungicides will only protect new growth and not l... read more

Gardening: With Zika scare, how to keep birdbaths safe

No, you can keep your birdbaths ... Divide hostas and day lilies. •Prune and divide perennials that bloom in late summer or fall. •Prune back and clear out dead, diseased or unattractive stems from pe... read more



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