Help for home gardeners
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Those seeking help with lawn
care and home gardens have a one-stop destination for the latest
University of Illinois Extension information on those topics. Hort
Corner, located on Extension's Urban Programs Resource Network
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/, has research-based guidelines for
lawn care, pest control, plant diseases, flower and vegetable
gardens, houseplants, and ground cover.
"We also have a feature that
allows users to ask experts questions that they don't find covered
on the various pages," said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban
Scherer noted that Hort Corner
also has a special section for
"These are sites that spark an
interest in gardening and nature," she explained.
Sites under the
umbrella include the following:
Talk has information on what grass varieties are best for a
particular lawn, how to deal with shady areas, and proper methods of
watering and fertilizing lawns, organized into what the New York
Times newspaper terms "the most valuable of grassy reference sources
on the Web." There is a Spanish language companion site.
Your Garden Grow includes a guide for growing, storing and
preparing 23 different vegetables and is also available in Spanish.
Bug Review helps users learn how to identify and control common
household and garden pests. It is also available in Spanish.
includes a guide to choosing the right houseplant along with
information on care and propagation.
on Plant Diseases helps identify and control plant disease and
is available in Spanish.
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with Perennials helps users select the right perennial for their
garden. It is also available in Spanish.
& More has a wealth of information about apples and where to
find apple festivals. Similar sites are
Strawberries & More,
Christmas Trees & More, and
Bulbs & More.
with Annuals contains information about annual flowers and
Rose Garden includes information on the selection, care, pruning
and other issues involved in growing roses and includes a detailed
index of different kinds of roses.
for Great Looking Container Gardens is good for gardeners who
have limited space and time and want to garden on a small scale.
Grasses helps users add variety and interest to the home
Trees for Your Home helps users determine what tree is best
suited to a particular yard and allows them to match yard
preferences with characteristics of more than 120 trees.
the Ground Up, the most recent addition to Hort Corner, is
helpful to home gardeners considering cover plants to augment their
gardens and was named the best horticultural education exhibit at
this year's Chicago Flower and Garden Show.
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