University of Illinois Extension

Volume 3 Issue 4

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Gardening in Shady Places

“Shade has always posed a challenge for gardeners. Trying to find something unique and different, let alone being able to tolerate and perform well in the shade, often led to the old stand-bys of hosta, fern, and lily-of-the-valley,” said Greg Stack, University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.

Poison Ivy Control

Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) can be a nightmare, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.


There’s a reason why new coneflower cultivars cost more than older cultivars, according to Jennifer Schultz-Nelson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

“Masked Bandits” in the Lawn

Big brown beetles are more than simply a nuisance that hang around doors trying to get into the house. “Wait until those irregular patches of brown begin to show up in your lawn later in the summer and then you make the connection,” said Richard Hentschel, Extension horticulturist.

Watering Tips for Vegetable Gardens

Each vegetable has a critical time in its growth when lack of adequate moisture can be a severe problem, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

Salsa from the Garden

“If overwhelmed with a bounty of tomatoes and vegetables from your garden, consider making salsa. While there are many types of salsa available commercially, this summer you might consider making garden-fresh tomato salsa,” said Jennifer Fishburn, Extension horticulture educator.

Japanese Beetles

“When choosing plants for your yard and garden, it can be helpful to avoid favorites of the Japanese beetle,” says Susan Grupp, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. “If you don’t, you might be challenged with the problem of Japanese beetles every year.”

Drought and Heat Stress in Trees

Scorched tree leaves caused by drought or heat stress can sometimes be confused with diseases. “Anthracnose on oak, maple, and ashes seems to be more commonly confused with scorching especially if the homeowner was not paying attention to the trees before the hot, dry weather. Anthracnose likes wet weather,” says Jim Schuster, Extension horticulture educator.