Education Resources

Maple Bladder Gall Information

July 11, 2022

Info Maple trees of all types are a mainstay in No. Illinois. Their vibrant fall color, hardiness, disease resistance and fast growth rate…

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Japanese Beetle Prevention and Control

June 27, 2022

Japanese Beetles are an annual problem for many common landscape plants in northern Illinois. Severe infestations can lead to complete defoliation of plants…

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How to treat Viburnum Leaf Beetle

April 16, 2022

Info Viburnum Leaf Beetle are invasive insects which feed on the leaves of many popular types of viburnum. Even many of the Illinois…

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How to Treat Boxwood Leafminer

April 7, 2022

Info Boxwood Leafminer is the most destructive insect pest of boxwood. The adult insect is a small mosquito-like fly. The adult insect does…

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How to Care For Fruit Trees

March 17, 2022

Fruit Tree Care Guide (Illinois) In order to have the best quality fruit, similar to what you would find at a grocery store,…

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Deer / Rabbit Management

March 8, 2022

How to Discourage Deer & Rabbits There are many different ways to discourage deer & rabbits from damaging plants. The primary methods we…

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Winter Burn on Evergreen Bushes & Trees

February 26, 2022

After experiencing one of the worst (coldest / snowiest) winter in 100+ years of record keeping in Northern Illinois many people are asking…

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Aphid Treatment

February 24, 2022

Info / Symptoms: Aphids are one of the most destructive pests for plant life. They cause damage to many different types of plants…

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Anthracnose Treatment

February 24, 2022

Info / Symptoms: Anthracnose is a fungal disease caused by several different fungi that are closely related. All of the fungi are generally…

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Cedar Quince Rust Treatment

February 24, 2022

Info / Symptoms: Cedar-apple rust, cedar-hawthorn rust, and cedar-quince rust are closely related rust diseases that require two hosts to complete their life…

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How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard

July 31, 2022

Hummingbirds are one of our favorite creatures to see in the garden. These marvels of flight burn thousands of calories per day to…

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Plants Beneficial for Pollinators

April 16, 2022

Pollinator Info Without the actions of pollinators, agricultural economies, our food supply, and surrounding landscapes would collapse. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and…

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How to Prune Trees

March 28, 2022

Information There are many different reasons why a tree may need to be pruned. Some reasons to prune trees include improving appearance, removing…

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Vegetable Planting Chart for Northern Illinois

March 21, 2022

One of the most important things when it comes to growing your own vegetables is knowing when the best time to plant them…

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Salt-Tolerant Landscape Solutions

March 11, 2022

What causes salt damage? Across the Midwest, the use of deicing salts in winter to maintainsafe roadways, sidewalks, and driveways is a common…

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Plants Not Favored by Deer & Rabbits

February 25, 2022

Perennials Anemone (Anemone spp.) Artemisia (Artemisia spp.) Astilbe (Astilbe spp.) Bee balm (Monarda spp.) Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Columbine…

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Plants Tolerant of Black Walnut Toxicity

February 25, 2022

Black Walnuts and some other closely related species of trees produce a chemical called juglone. This can be found in all parts of…

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Safe Paws Organic Lawn Care Guide by Espoma

April 4, 2022

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Plantskydd Organic Deer & Rabbit Repellant

March 8, 2022

What is it? Plantskydd is a certified organic, blood-based animal repellant intended for deer, rabbits, squirrels, voles and chipmunks. It is rain and snow…

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What are Microgreens?

March 3, 2022

Microgreens are young seedlings of vegetables and herbs that come in a variety of flavors. They are easy to grow, packed with nutrients,…

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Espoma Lawn Program

February 24, 2022

Espoma Organic Lawn Food Organic lawn care focuses on growing a healthy lawn because a healthy lawn is the best protection against weeds,…

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