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Asters are a highlight of the autumn landscape. There are about 250 species native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Illinois native perennial...


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Cold Weather and Plants

What does it mean for plants?

The temperatures have been slowly dropping and sporadic frost has put the brakes on annuals, blackening their...

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A Living Holiday Tree

A Living Holiday Tree

Q: We would like to have a live holiday tree that can be planted in our yard when the holidays are over. What should we consider?

A:  A living, container-grown tree that is later installed in the home landscape is an attractive holiday decorating option, and affords teachable moments for a family with children. However, success requires advance planning and preparation.

The first task is to select the location in your yard where the tree will ultimately be installed, as this may influence the selection of species and mature size. The location...