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Fell Hall on ISU campus
Illinois State University

The wonderful array of plantings on the Illinois State University campus can provide inspiration for new landscaping ideas in your yard.

Row of palm trees.
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Careful landscape architecture uses spatial composition to help create good bones in your yard.

Sprinkler on lawn.
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Water, water, everywhere. But are you getting the most out of it for your plants?

seed pod
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A great way to preserve genetic diversity of plants is with a seed bank.

Spring flowers
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Now that spring has finally put in an appearance, time to get out in the garden and get some things done.

Beans in collander.
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Don't grow just any old bean in your garden. Go with the beautiful and tasty dragon tongue bean.

Prairie verbena flowers.
Sonal Patil

Sonal in Texas has the right idea about using native plants in her yard. She's tempted to transplant the prairie verbena she sees on the roadside right into her garden. Is that a good idea?

Foxtail barley
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If you want a garden that's true to its American roots and flourishes no matter what Mother Nature throws at it, then you need to add native plants to your yard.

Squash bug
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Gabriele in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, has issues with two different types of bugs that have made her garden their home. But should she get rid of both varieties? Well, no.

Garden in sunshine.
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The pull to garden is strong, even if the flesh is ... absent. If you plan on being an absentee gardener, there's a few things you need to know to find success.

Compost bins in backyard.
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Your can turn your garden into fertile ground with the addition of compost. And what better place to create it than in your own backyard?

Freshly dug soil.
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Rosa in Utica, Illinois, wants to know the best way to test her soil to get great results in her butterfly garden.

Hand holding earthworms
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Gardeners love to care for things—and that extends past plants.

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The more you know about your trees, the better you can care for the plant.  And it all starts with mastering some tree lingo.

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Spring is on the way, bringing with it a chance to begin afresh in the garden. Now's the time to scope out seeds of flowers you've never tried before.

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Japanese Beetles are the bane of every gardener. These voracious insects are tough to get rid of, but can milky spore come to the rescue?

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The wind has two faces. It can be a friend or it can be a bitter foe.

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There are lots of reasons why we have to cut down trees. Understanding those reasons can help us face the cruelest cut.

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You've invested a lot into the furniture in your yard. Make sure it lasts.

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Things are quiet in the garden right now, so it's a good time to reflect on making some resolutions for becoming a better gardener.

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Tricia in Bloomington fears for her newly planted magnolia tree. It looks like a critter has been nibbling at it.

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The Douglas Fir and Norway Spruce make fine Christmas trees. But how about breaking out of the traditional mold and trying something new?

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Bloomington resident Matt Erickson has planted seeds in a food desert and hopes to grow interest from the public with a special offer.

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When mice and rats set up shop on our property, they can pose a problem or two.

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Before you settle in for the winter, there's a few more chores that need your attention that will make gardening again in the spring more of a breeze.

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Farewell, Autumn Purple Ash Tree. Hello, bald cypress. Maybe!

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Your grass may not be alone. Underneath, there may be thatch lurking. But that may not be a bad thing.

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In the midst of autumn, it's a great time to prepare for spring and ensure that your landscape is a stunning site with an array of colorful bulbs.

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As your trees leave you the gift of autumn leaves, you're faced with that age old question: Should I rake or not?

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As the days get cooler and shorter, nature puts on a gorgeous display of color as the leaves change—red, yellow, orange and, yes, even brown.

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