Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree

Are you wondering what to do with your fresh-cut Christmas tree now that Christmas is over? How about recycling it? If you have a landscape recycling center or compost facility nearby, take it there and it will be converted into a renewable mulch or compost. Before you recycle your tree, it must be undecorated – no ornaments or lights or tree stand.

In the Macon County area, people can drop off their undecorated trees at the Macon County Composting Facility. For more information, call the Facility at (217) 425-4505.

Feeding bees with syrup through the hive inner cover

When temperatures start getting cold in late fall, it's time to make those last-minute preparations that help your bees have the best chance of surviving the winter.

Gray Tree Frog on Porch Door

I have been noticing tree frogs for the past month and a half. First, I saw a green one back in September on the porch door and then several on the kitchen window in the evening. This past Sunday, I noticed a gray tree frog sitting inside a storage shed. Locally, I have heard reports of people seeing numbers of them on the side of their houses.

Wheel Bug

This is the “wheel bug.” While it resembles something out of a horror movie, it is actually one of the “good’ insects. The semi-circle crest of this bug resembles half of a cog wheel, hence the name. It is a member of the Assassin bug family and they feed on soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, moths, aphids, and leafhoppers.

Do not pick them up, they can bite. Just leave them alone and let them feed on some of our nuisance insect pests.

storm damaged Bradford Pear

With frequent summer thunderstorms, we should be diligent in scouting for

Tree Leaves with Chlorosis

Trees and shrubs are valuable elements in both public and private landscapes, and the wise investment of time and careful selection will onl

weeds after flame weeder treatment

Judging by the weed pressure in my garden, the growing season is in full force!

knockout rose

Roses have a long and vibrant history and have even been recognized as a status symbol.

callery pear
Callery Pear Tree

These few weeks in April bring an onslaught of spectacular spring colors from blooming tree and shrub species.

Large Crabgrass

If you're like me, while performing spring clean-up around the yard, you may realize some lawn care is also needed!

Here are some helpful tips for the season: