Who to call when you need garden help
Lifelines. Who do you call when…? Besides the obvious answer: (Ghost Busters), who do you call when you need help? On a picture perfect day in the summer of 2006, my then 6-year-old daughter was picking flowers in our yard. She was simultaneously stung by seven bees. Who did I call? My Aunt Mary, a nurse. Via a cell phone, she was my lifeline as Sarah and I made the long drive to the urgent care.
Earlier this year, on Good Friday, I was preparing for our family to color Easter eggs. After all these years, I am still not sure how to boil eggs. Who did I call? My grandma. About four weeks ago, my son fell off his skateboard. He was bleeding and showing signs of a concussion. Who did I call? My mom. Lifelines are what make all of our lives bearable. Who do you call when you have a problem with your lawn or landscaping?
What are your options? Who can be your lifeline? One very valuable lifeline is right here in Sun City. The University of Illinois has a program in which individuals are trained as Master Gardeners. These knowledgeable individuals volunteer their time to help homeowners with gardening questions. Master Gardeners are available to answer your questions every Tuesday. They are ready to help you at the Prairie Lodge every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon through August 28.
Another source of information is the Sun Flower Garden Club. They are a group of gardeners that meet regularly in Sun City and hold activities throughout the year. They welcome all gardeners regardless of experience. For more information, contact President Linda Nisi at email@example.com
Another option is to check out the University of Illinois extension service website at www.extension.illinois.edu Their website contains a wealth of information on a wide variety of home and gardening topics. You may want to subscribe to their E-newsletter. Produced seasonally, it’s titled ‘Gardner’s Corner.’
The Illinois Landscape Contractor’s Association is an organization whose membership primarily consists of professional landscape contractors and suppliers. They have devoted a section of their website to consumers. Consider reading their annual publication titled ‘Landscape Illinois’ on their website at www.ilca.netIndependent garden centers are also a great source of information regarding your plant’s health.
If you are concerned about the health of your lawn, consider taking a few pictures and a sample of your grass into your local garden center. Concerned about the white substance on your ninebark leaves? Cut off a 3-5” section, put it in a small baggie, and bring it in for one of their staff members to examine. When identifying and treating problems in your lawn or on your plants, professional landscapers have the advantage of perspective. If you are having a problem at your home, chances are they have seen it at someone else’s home also.
You may want to consult an area landscaper if you have a question. Remember assistance with your lawn and plants is available through a variety of avenues. If you are having a problem, you are not alone–just pick a lifeline and ask for help.