Now's the time of year to start cleaning up the garden and raking leaves in the yard. University of Illionis Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason says, that means it's a perfect time to start a compost pile if you haven't already. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Sandy about composting and what should be on your fall gardning to-do list.
Fall is officially here; leaves are starting to change color from green to bright yellows, oranges and reds, in perfect time for Mike Brunk, city arborist for Urbana to join us on Focus to talk about why fall foliage is brighter some years than others. He says he expects this year to be a good year to observe the changing of the seasons. Host Jim Meadows talks with Brunk about why deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will give us an update on how the effects of the emerald ash borer in our area. And of course, Sandy Mason, our resident gardening expert, will also be here today to answer your lawn and garden questions.
If you’ve been trying to attract butterflies to your garden but haven’t seen any, you’re not alone. There has been a substantial decrease in butterfly populations this year throughout the Midwest. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Mike Jeffords of the Illinois Natural History Survey about why.
Sandy Mason, our resident gardening expert, will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon about the best ways to deal with fall nuisance bugs that start showing up around the house and in the garden. Sandy Mason, our resident gardening expert, will also be here. As fruit trees start bearing apples, pears and peaches, we’ll talk with her about how to properly care for fruit trees and how to get the best yield from yours. We welcome your lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!
We all know what kinds of insects we don’t want in our gardens… but how do you attract the ones you do want? This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Pollinatarium Director Lesley Deem about the ways to attract and maintain an active pollinator presence in your garden. She’ll tell us about how the shapes and colors of the plants you have can attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We’ll also hear about some of the upcoming workshops and events at the pollinatarium…and will find out what exactly the pollinatarium is. Sandy Mason, our resident gardening expert, will also be here to answer your lawn and garden questions.
It’s finally officially summer, and while that means sun, lemonade and cool days at the beach, it also means that mosquitos, ants and other creepy crawlers are gracing us with their presence. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon and horticulture expert Sandy Mason. We welcome your pest, lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!
It’s the perfect time of year for insects to take up residence in your garden, and we’ve also had some severe weather this week that poses a threat to your flowers and vegetables. This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason about how to heal your garden after a summer storm and how to protect your plants from pests and diseases. We welcome your lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason and Extension lawn care expert Tom Voigt. We’ll talk about the best ways to groom a luscious lawn or the best alternatives if lawn care is a thorn in your side. We welcome your calls and questions!
Over and underwatering plants is one of the key reasons why those of you who answered “black” are having trouble keeping your plants alive. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Eduardo Torrealba. He’s the CEO of Oso Technologies, a new company formed in Urbana. He and his colleagues have developed a new product called Plantlink that’s designed to help novice gardeners help their plants thrive and conserve water. Sandy Mason, University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Expert, will also be here to answer questions about your lawn and garden.
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Coming up next week on Focus, we’ve got a little something for everybody – from James Bond to gardening, we welcome you to join our conversation!