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Lawn Care

Why Lawns?

There’s more to lawns than mowing. Lawns are an important part of our landscape. Nearly every Illinoisan owns, maintains, recreates, or uses a lawn for various activities. This website is designed to provide best management practices and current research on lawn care to help you make the decisions for your lawn. Let University of Illinois Extension help you get the lawn you desire.

While commercial marketing campaigns may market an ideal lawn, no two lawns are the same, and it is okay to be different depending on the conditions of your site, budget, your local rules and regulations, and your aesthetics. Whether you want to control dandelions or embrace them, Illinois Extension is here to help guide you toward your perfect lawn.

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Gardeners flock to 2023 Illinois Master Gardener State Conference
Local volunteers recognized at state conference for outstanding work EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Master Gardeners and gardening enthusiasts from across the state converged on East Peoria for the 2023 Illinois Master Gardener State Conference, held September 7-8. The conference...
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Go green with eco-friendly lawn care
URBANA, Ill. — Residential lawns consume over 2.5 billion gallons of water a year. This makes taking a natural approach to lawn care appealing for homeowners. Also, almost 3 million tons of fertilizer are applied to residential lawns every year, and homeowners typically use three times more...
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Keep garden, plants hydrated going into fall
URBANA, Ill. — This summer has brought drought to many parts of Illinois. Most gardeners are aware that plants need water to thrive, but it can be helpful to review the ins and outs of garden hydration to ensure the best results.  “Many environmental conditions factor into...
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