University of Illinois Extension

Volume 8 Issue 3

Articles in this issue...

Horticulture Speak

No matter what profession or hobby you are involved with, it seems that each one has its own special vocabulary, said Greg Stack, a University of Illinois Extension horticulturist.

Composting for the Lawn

There certainly has been a strong movement in gardening to return all that can be back into the soil, keeping perfectly good organic matter out of the waste stream, said Richard Hentschel, a U of I Extension horticulture educator.

10 Spring Gardening Tips

Winter storms and cold seem to go on forever, but eventually that first crocus will pop, grass will green and spring rains will fall, said Ron Wolford, U of I Extension horticulture educator.

Quick Color Tips in the Garden

When used effectively color can create a feeling of excitement or a sense of peaceful calm in the garden, said Martha Smith, a U of I Extension horticulturist.

Pruning Flowering Shrubs

Timing is important when pruning flowering shrubs, said Nancy Pollard, a U of I Extension horticulturist. "It can make the difference between a delightful show, and a disappointment," explained Pollard. "Spring bloomers like lilac, forsythia, viburnum or flowering crab form their flower buds during the late summer and autumn of the previous year. This is called "old wood," since it was formed last year.