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Tropicals Shiver with Tumbling Temperatures!

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Tropicals Shiver with  Tumbling Temperatures!
In the fall of the year, at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, a lot of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) are inquires about the proper methods to overwinter some of those favorites that have been outdoors for the summer. Bringing houseplants indoors requires some advanced preparation and this linked FAQ will provide you with the details of preparing the plants for the trip indoors and some of the environmental adjustments the plant will go thru as it adjusts to ...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: tropicals , indoor plants , caladium , storing bulbs , canna | Comments (0) | View Count: (1202)

Strange and Wonderful Fungi

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Strange and Wonderful Fungi
In our gardening environment molds, mildews, rusts, smuts, mushrooms and puffballs are all contributors to some our more frequently encountered Common Garden Pests and Problems. All of these are caused by fungi, and the presence of two types of them is very evident in our landscapes and lawns this fall. Powdery mildew is one of those, and it manifests itself as a light gray or whitish powder on the surface of the leaf. It is most commonly seen on lilacs (Syringa) in the fall of the yea...
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Posted in: Fall | Tags: fungi , mushrooms , lawns , powdery mildew | Comments (0) | View Count: (877)

Fresh Air for You and Your Lawn

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Fresh Air for You and Your Lawn
Fall is a great time to enjoy a breath of fresh air.  It’s also a great time to provide the same for your cool-season turfgrasses.  You can provide that breath of fresh air by core aerating your lawn. Core aerating is a lawn maintenance practice that is best done on grasses when they are beginning their most active period of growth.  Cool-season grasses are best done in the early fall. Aerification of warm season grasses should be done in late May or early June. The core ...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: Core aerating , lawns , cool season lawns | Comments (0) | View Count: (753)