After this year’s summer drought in Illinois, it is more important than ever to monitor soil moisture conditions and water trees and shrubs going into winter. Drought conditions in the late fall, along with dry air and low soil moisture, can lead to plant damage if no supplemental water is provided.
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Knowledge and resources about plants and planting are so vast they can be overwhelming. The best approach is to take advantage of information based on your areas of interest and then seek the guidance of a plant professional. Your local nursery or garden center has inspired people ready to offer advice.
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Just as the days are their darkest and winter begins, the Christmas cactus starts to bloom. The radiant petals of pink, red, white, or yellow are a highlight of the holiday season, and keep blooming until mid-winter. Preparing this houseplant to bloom is easy, but requires some know-how. Here’s a guide to holiday care and healthy houseplant growth all year-round!
Decorating your yard and the outside of your house for the holidays is exciting and fun. All the lights and decorations add so much cheer to the cold Christmas season. One of our favorite things to do is drive around the different neighborhoods in the Quad Cities and check out all the fabulous displays. There’s so much creativity on every
rgreen boughs bring lively green color and fresh scents into your home over the holidays. But if we’re not careful, the branches easily dry out and leave us with a mess of needles instead of a beautiful wreath or centerpiece. So how do you preserve evergreen cuttings? The key is to start with moist boughs and preserve as much moisture as you can—here’s how!
b to winter, we can easily transfer them indoors. This move not only keeps the plants alive, but allows us to save money on future plants and enjoy the benefits of houseplants in the off-season, like purer air and a more refreshing atmosphere. Every successful transition includes potting, pest management, and acclimatization. Learn how to succeed with these key steps
Leaving pumpkins on private property or a nature preserve without permission is littering and illegal. Come fall, it is common for natural areas to become a dumping spot for yard waste, pumpkins, straw, and other organic decorations which is costly. The thought is that these items will compost, but Peggy Doty, Illinois Extension energy and environment stewardship
Every year, thousands of Christmas trees are discarded at the end of the season and sent to landfills. Live Christmas trees are purchased live and stay alive throughout Christmas. When you’re finished, the trees are replanted to grow into the tree they were meant to be.