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WGLT's Grow

Friday 8:50 a.m., 4:50 p.m.

From controlling critters to whacking weeds to finding just the right plant for your plot, WGLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy is ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today. Let WGLT help your garden Grow!

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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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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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There's an exciting new trend in gardening that's as beautiful as it is delicious.

Prairie Fire Theater

The works of Richard Maltby and David Shire take center stage in the revue, "Starting Here, Starting Now."

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It's fun adding decor to our gardens. But go too far and you'll end up in tacky territory.

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Ponds on our property can add beauty and value. They can also add to our to-do list.

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Right now is a great time to prepare our yards for the wildlife that will stop by in the snowy months ahead.

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Fall brings us the opportunity to enjoy milder weather, which makes working in the yard that much more fun!

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One of the joys of summer is biting into fresh melon. It can taste better still when you grow the melon yourself. Patrick Murphy has some advice.

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Trees are a beautiful and practical way to screen your property from the wind.

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Summer is slowly winding down, and with the approach of autumn it's time to make plans to transplant trees and shrubs in your yard. Host Patrick Murphy has this advice.

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You can add some serious beauty to your yard and not have to worry about watering or fertilizing.

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White pines in America are vulnerable to several diseases.

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For every iris, lily or rose that you plant in your garden, you put out a welcome mat for bunnies and other critters to come and dine at the leisure.

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Stress is not only bad for humans. It can have a negative impact on your trees as well.

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When the heat is on and the rains are not, lawns can shut down. But does dormancy mean death for your grass?

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Impatiens downy mildew is a growing problem in gardens across America. Defoliation and flower dropping are two signs your plants are infected.

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Karen in Normal bid farewell to a massive old maple tree on the west end of her house.  Now that all remains is a stump, she wants to select something new.

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Here's a nasty relative of the tick that you don't want in your yard: the spider mite. It's hard to fight a battle against something you can barely see!

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There's increasing evidence that many pollinators are on the decline, but a few changes in your yard can help pollinators not only survive, but thrive.

The Healing Power of Gardening

Jun 9, 2017
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People who garden often say there is more to it than putting plants and flowers in the ground.  They feel a sense of serenity and well-being from getting their hands in the soil, from being outdoors and helping a living thing grow.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the University of Illinois Extension office and the McLean County Master Gardeners will offer a Horticultural Therapy Workshop at the Community Cancer Center in Normal. Its message: gardening can be healing.

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You call it a garden. The cat calls it the bathroom. Can they safely be both?

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Sometimes you just want to plant a huckleberry bush in your yard. And sometimes it's just a pain trying to actually find a huckleberry bush. Finding native plants can be a challenge.

The jumping worm and the gypsy moth are two pests you need to keep an eye out for -- they're bad news for plants and gardeners.

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