Plants Beneficial for Pollinators

Pollinator Info Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants…

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How to Prune Trees

Information There are many different reasons why a tree may need to be pruned. Some reasons to prune trees include improving appearance, removing branches that obstruct pathways, and promoting new growth. Most quality tree nurseries prune their trees in a way that allows the homeowner to not have to prune trees for many years, if…

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Vegetable Planting Chart for Northern Illinois

One of the most important things when it comes to growing your own vegetables is knowing when the best time to plant them outside is. Different vegetables have different cold tolerances, some are able to be planted when there is still a chance of frost happening (in our area, the last frost is typically around…

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Salt-Tolerant Landscape Solutions

What causes salt damage? Across the Midwest, the use of deicing salts in winter to maintainsafe roadways, sidewalks, and driveways is a common practice. Despite the benefits, deicing saltdeposited on trees and shrubs can cause extensive damage. Deicing salt is dispersed from roadsby plowing, meltwater runoff, splash, and aerial spray. Plants sensitive to salts may…

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Plants Not Favored by Deer

TREES  Bald-cypress (Taxodium distichum) Beech (Fagus spp.)  Birch (Betula spp.)  Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) Catalpa (Catalpa spp.)  Chestnut (Castanea spp.)  Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)  Giant arborvitae (Thuja plicata) Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)  Honey-locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)  Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) Larch (Larix spp.)  Redbud (Cercis canadensis)  Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) Smoke tree (Cotinus spp.) …

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Plants Tolerant of Black Walnut Toxicity

Black Walnuts and some other closely related species of trees produce a chemical called juglone. This can be found in all parts of the tree including the roots, leaves, and in the hulls of its fruit. Black Walnuts produce a very high concentration of juglone relative to the other species of plants. This can affect…

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