ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO PLANT!

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.

LEARN, ASK, PLANT!
Watering

Watering

Water carries nutrients from the soil to plant cells; no water, no nutrients. During a hot afternoon, up to half of your watering can be lost to evaporation. Water in the morning or evening so roots have a chance to absorb it.

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Proper mulching

Proper Mulching

Most plants benefit from an organic mulch covering the soil surface around them. A good organic mulch, such as hardwood bark mulch, conserves moisture, maintains a more even soil temperature, inhibits weed growth, and prevents soil compaction and erosion from rain and irrigation.

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Trees and Power Lines

Avoiding Tree and Utility Conflicts

Look up and down before planting a tree. Your safety is paramount, and you want your tree to have long life without the possibility of removal or severe pruning because of obstruction of utility lines.

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Pruning

Pruning

Illinois Certified Nursery Professionals are terrific sources for tree care and pruning with a deep knowledge of the most current techniques and status of your environment. Take advantage of these latest resources that are updated regularly.

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Invasive species

Invasive Species

Certain plants in your yard might be causing natural areas to suffer. Some aggressive plants that have been commonly used in landscape beds can be migrated to natural areas when their seeds are spread by wildlife or wind. In a natural area not maintained by humans, invasive plants can choke out other plants destroying the ecosystem.

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Pollinators

Pollinators

Pollinators are responsible for one-out-of-every-three bites of food we take each day, yet pollinators are at a critical survival point. Increasing the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes help revive the health of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

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