Although leaf raking can really spruce up the landscape, consider leaving some fallen leaves as winter habitat for many insects, arachnids (spiders), small mammals, amphibians and birds.
Most can persist beyond a first frost to be harvestable a little later than other, more tender garden crops.
Burning bush (Euyonomous alata) has developed a bad reputation, but there are many alternatives.
Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the retired UI Geography Department staff cartographer and lecturer and latest winner of the Illinois Arts Legacy Award. He's had a long relationship with Japan House, whose gardens he designed, donated, and constructed and continues to maintain.
Fall color is beginning to paint canopies around central Illinois, making the next few weeks prime time for taking in the beauty.
Partridge pea, an annual native plant that frequents prairies, has special nectar glands outside its flowers that attract ants, which defend it against leaf herbivores and seed predators through aggressive, defensive behavior or by removing herbivore eggs directly from the plant.
In recent years, a body of research has emerged showing even greater benefits than previously understood to both the environment and our existence as humans.
Fall weather can create ideal planting conditions, with temperatures cooling off and roots requiring less moisture. In addition, we typically get a good amount of rain to help ensure adequate soil moisture going into winter.
Each spring, my colleagues and I in the Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability major at the University of Illinois, in cooperation with the program director for Allen Hall, offer a class for undergraduate students on sustainability and environment in Costa Rica. The class combines …
On a beautiful fall-like morning last week, a group of East Central Illinois Master Naturalists helped Urbana Park District Natural Areas Coordinator Matt Balk clip Canada goldenrod stems to stop its spread and collecting seeds from prairie sunflower to spread elsewhere in the park.
It’s Ron Bailey’s favorite day of work, even if it means longer hours. Starting at 7 a.m. today until supplies last, he’ll help hand out 4,000 free roses at his Blossom Basket shops in Champaign, 2522 Village Green Place, and Urbana, 1002 N. Cunningham Ave.
This summer, I finished a project begun when my family moved into our current house in the spring of 2012 — replacing the massive privet hedge along our back fence with native shrubs.
What is your connection to monarch butterflies? To many people, butterflies symbolize the common human experience of transformation and new beginnings.
The township board still needs to approve the transaction early next month, but a closing is tentatively set for Sept. 9, township Supervisor Andy Quarnstrom told News-Gazette Media on Monday. Those tending it would be homeless participants in the CU@Work program, which pays $10 an hour and gives workers a meal, he said.
Thanks to quick action by the state Department of Agriculture and others, potentially infected plant material has been removed from the market.
There are more than 20 native species in Illinois, and I am always amazed that many people are unaware of the majority of this interesting and diverse plant family.
As you might imagine, my family spends a considerable amount of time out observing the wonders of the natural world, and I am always fascinated by the way my kids view and interpret things in nature. Many times, their straightforward and simple perspective makes me feel like such a dummy. Th…
This plant’s adaptability is one of its major strengths. It can handle wet or poorly drained areas in your yard, making it perfect for a problematic wet area.
Since 2000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Cathy Pollack and her team have been working to restore and preserve the rare eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea), one of the most beautiful native flowers in Illinois.
Thanks to the continued volunteer efforts of C-U Sunrise Rotary, the Decker Garden — a colorful ode to late Champaign Central music teacher Don Decker — continues to flourish at Mattis Park.