Gardening telenet series planned

Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 5:30 a.m.CDT

The University of Illinois Extension educators is offering the Four Seasons Gardening Telenet series to help participants learn to grow.

Each session costs $5 per person, or $12 for the series of four sessions. The series will be offered at the DeKalb County Extension office located in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore. Each session will be offered twice – check carefully to determine which session works best.

Sustainable Lawn Care

1 p.m. April 10 or 7 p.m. April 12

Homeowners can manage their lawns in a more sustainable way by modifying many of the tasks they normally do throughout the year. Learn how to work with the natural cycles your lawn goes through and better understand the best times to fertilize, top-dress, sod, reseed and irrigate to produce the results you expect.

Vegetable Garden Planning

1 p.m. April 24 or 7 p.m. April 26

Growing your own backyard vegetables is a rewarding family project. But how much should you plant, what planting layout will optimize sunlight exposure for all the crops, where should you place your garden and how do you prepare the soil? This program will help you decide how much to plant based on average yield per plant and your family size. You also will learn the best place to plant a garden and how to prep the soil to maximize your harvest.

Bug Invaders of the Foreign Kind

1 p.m. May 8 or 7 p.m. May 10

Emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, brown marmorated stink bug and multicolored Asian lady beetle are just some of the alien insects that have been found in the U.S. and Illinois. The identification, biology and management of these and other invaders will be discussed. We also will address some of the reasons for what appears to be an increase in these invaders.

A Gardening Calendar

1 p.m. May 22 or 7 p.m. May 24

Spring is always a busy time in the garden. But what about summer, fall and winter? Each season has its own beauty, but what needs to be done year round to have the garden/landscape of your dreams? Let this program provide gentle reminders of what to do all year round.

Preregistration a week prior to each session is required to ensure adequate space and handouts. Reasonable accommodation to help you attend this event is available; include that information at registration.

To register and pay with a credit card, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.

For more information on any of these webinars, call 815-758-8194.

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