| May 6, 2015
| 10:16 AM
Another Mother's Day, another pleasant dinner in a jampacked restaurant. Congratulations! You've done the bare minimum for the woman who ushered you onto this planet.
We kid. For some of us, there's enough guilt already associated with mom's time to...
| May 3, 2015
•Average temperatures: High 88 Low 66
•Rainfall 3.74 inches
1. Moon phases:
•Full moon May 3
•Last quarter May 11
•New moon May 18
•First quarter May 25
2. Moon-sign planting dates:
| May 2, 2015
| 1:15 PM
Question: A weed growing in our yard has oval-shaped leaves and seeds about the size of a match head that stick to your shoes, socks and pants. Is there a weed control that works for use in home lawns?
Answer: Your dark-green hitchhiking weed is...
| Apr 27, 2015
It has happened again: A period of gluttony has arrived.
Some people lose the ability to control their eating habits during holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving, but my time of culinary indulgence begins now as blueberry season commences. I find it...
| Apr 25, 2015
| 1:06 PM
Question: I planted two roebelenii palms a year ago that were damaged by the winter cold. One is severely damaged with only one remaining green frond. What should I do?
Answer: Winter produced one night of really cold weather for much of Central...
| May 23, 2015
| 10:33 AM
Question: Citrus-leaf miners have arrived early this year producing tunnels and causing crinkling among the leaves of our trees. What is the control?
Answer: Perhaps you have noticed citrus-leaf miners only affect the new growths, which means you have...
| Apr 22, 2015
| 5:51 PM
A highway commissioner from Chicago Heights and an Illinois Garden Club official from Frankfort have joined forces in a statewide campaign to provide "rest stops" for Monarch butterflies on roadsides and back yards.
The population of the Monarch...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 12:50 PM
I'd like to put down in writing how very lucky Park Ridge is! I know it's well past the month of March where we talk about the luck o' the Irish, but I just had to journal about all the great green things happening in and around Park Ridge...
| Apr 18, 2015
| 12:23 PM
Question: A hibiscus plant growing in a container is starting to develop yellow leaves that eventually drop. What is causing the leaf loss?
Answer: Many call the yellow leaf loss "winter decline." Hibiscus plants do not like the cold and react by...
| Apr 12, 2015
| 9:41 AM
Historic fun is busting out all over this April, as opportunities abound for fans of Old (and Real) Florida.
Inside secret gardens
In a chain-store world, the Handy Pantry on Orlando's East Amelia Street remains a mom-and-pop operation, offering...
| Apr 11, 2015
| 12:58 PM
Question: I am trying to determine whether or not to trim my crape myrtle. What is the latest thinking?
Answer: Gardeners can get all in a tizzy when it comes to crape myrtle trimming, but these shrubs-to-small trees don't seem to care. Most...