| Nov 21, 2013
After a consistently rainy October and November, foresters across the north suburbs are cautiously optimistic that trees will continue recovering this winter from two years of dry conditions, and will flourish in the spring.
The summer of 2012, one of...
| Dec 10, 2013
It's 2 degrees outside, and just the thought of wrestling into 17 layers of wool -- plus parka --
saps your will to live.
But you've seen every episode of "Boardwalk Empire"(twice), your rations of last week's chili are depleted and restless leg...
| Sep 17, 2013
I have a number of bushes around my new house. The lower branches had died on most of them, probably due to inadequate watering; the house was vacant for some time before I moved in. I did prune many of the dead branches, though some remain. Is there...
| Sep 24, 2013
I am very concerned about the health of my 'Emerald Queen' maple tree. It was planted in 1985 in a city cost-sharing program. It has always been beautiful. But not this year. It looks like a skeleton, with small leaves, widely spaced. Is this condition...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:20 AM
With a new ban that prohibits smoking within 15 feet of playgrounds, smokers with cigarettes in hand will have to watch where they walk in the Lake County Forest Preserves.
"It's logical," said Mike Tully, director of operations and public safety for...
| Sep 10, 2013
As fall rolls around, a gardener's thoughts turn to pumpkins, not outdoor domestic drudgery, but just a little laboring now before you stow the shovel and trowel can make for a better garden experience next spring. Here's how a few very busy garden...
| Sep 10, 2013
My wife and I recently bought a 20-year-old home. We have a pine tree in our backyard, though I am not sure what kind of pine tree it is. Many of the tree's needles are turning brown and falling off. Some fall off with just a slight breeze, and others...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The Sun-Times reports that, starting Saturday, visitors to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe will be asked to pay $5 extra to park if they're not residents of Cook County -- so $25 for a passenger car instead of the......
| Jul 18, 2013
Is it okay to keep planting trees, shrubs and perennials in the summer as the weather gets hotter? — Gloria Jackson, Barrington
You should be just fine in continuing to install plants in your garden during the summer season as long as you are...
| Jul 23, 2013
I am having a problem with my columbines that lasts throughout the growing season.
One day my columbine will have leaves; the next day there is nothing left but the stems and ribs. This happens multiple times throughout the summer. The leaves are eaten,...
| Aug 29, 2013
We bought a 2-foot dwarf Alberta spruce this spring. It was doing¿great. Then all of a sudden it started losing needles. We did everything we were told to do. What do you think is causing this problem? ¿--Bob Alt¿¿
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| Sep 8, 2013
| 5:44 PM
Once upon a time, gardening sounded to me like a nice, easy leisure activity — a pleasant pastime for those not up for the rigors of running or road biking.
That was so cute when I thought that.
Now, as I panted and sweated beneath a blazing sun...