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Red Hot Flowering Plants for Southern Illinois

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Want to spice up your garden this year? Try adding these red flowering plants to your landscape and turn the dog days of summer into a red, hot party!...

Curious Misting Under Tulip Poplar Tree Is Result of Sap-Sucking Insect

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Have you noticed a mysterious misting or raining in the areas surrounding your tulip poplar tree? Maybe you've noticed a residue on your car or patio ...

How to Fix an Ugly Spirea

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     Spireas are excellent shrubs for foundation plantings. They have beautiful blooms and thrive in a variety of soils and weathe...

Battling Bagworms in Southern Illinois

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Have you seen any of these guys on your spruces or junipers this year?        (A bagworm cocoon)     &n...

PLEASE DON'T FEED THE DEER: Deer-Safe Plants of Southern Illinois

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  In Southern Illinois, we've been forced to share our roads, our SIU campus and even our gardens with the local, ever-expanding deer populatio...

Five of the Most Underutilized Shrubs in Southern Illinois Landscapes

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Anyone who has ever lived in Southern Illinois knows that the climate here can be hard on all living things, humans, animals and plants alike. That's ...

Hot, New Annuals for Hot Weather 2012

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   It's that time of the year again!  We've past our last average frost date in Southern Illinois (Usually mid to late April).  Th...

A TRIP TO THE TROPICS The Hawaiian Tropics Botanical Garden – Hilo, HI

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  One of my favorite things about traveling to tropical places is checking out all their local flora. The thing that tickles me the most is that ...

INVASIVE WEEDS OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Part Two: Why They're Actually a Good Thing

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It might sound weird, but weeds aren't all that bad. They actually can have several beneficial uses.   Weeds are survivors. Most we...

How Do I Water My New Plants?: One Simple Rule to Successful Watering of Recently Transplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials.

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The act of watering sounds like it should be pretty simple and self-explanatory. However, many plantings fail due to under-watering and, just as equal...

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