University of Illinois Extension

Volume 3 Issue 1

Articles in this issue...

Fall Landscape Makeover

Fall is the perfect time to get the yard back in shape before cold weather sets in. “Gardeners will see their fall efforts generously rewarded and can look forward to a better-looking garden in the spring,” said Richard Hentschel, U of I Extension horticulture specialist, referring to several lawn and landscaping chores.

Overwintering Tropical Plants

If you want a back yard or deck next spring that is reminiscent of Key West or a Jimmy Buffet concert, you need to correctly over winter your tropical plants, said Greg Stack, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Preparing Strawberry Gardens for Winter

Strawberry plants must be kept healthy in the fall as this is the time when new flower buds that will bear fruit next year develop in the crown.

Revive the Perennial Garden

Fall provides a great opportunity to review garden performance and plan for next season, said Barbara Bates, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Getting Ready for Frost

Even with concerns about global warming, frosts have been occurring a little earlier than normal since the 1970s in Illinois.