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The University of Illinois Extension Horticulture team offers a series of webinars each year on topics to help you manage your landscape. The series is divided by the four seasons, with the winter series to include three topics this year.

Each of the three winter topics will be presented twice with an afternoon and an evening session. You can register and view these webinars from your own computer, but you can also attend the afternoon session of each of the three webinars at the University of Illinois Extension office in Arthur.

If you would like to register and view the webinar series from your own computer, go to the following link and sign up, If you would like to view the afternoon webinar at the Extension office in Arthur, go to our website at and register one week in advance.

-- The Green Pathway to Invasion: Ornamental Invasive Plants; Feb 27 at 1:30 p.m., March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Many of our worst invasive plants actually started as ornamental plants. Join Chris Evans, Forestry Extension and Research Specialist, as he explores why some plants end up becoming invasive, discusses some invaders that are still in the ornamental trade, and gives recommendations on how landowners can influence the surrounding natural landscapes through their planning decisions.

-- Tree Care in Urban Soils: March 13 at 1:30 p.m. and March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Extension Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau will discuss tree care and urban soils by exploring the attributes of urban soils in contrast to undisturbed forest soils. Many common impacts to tree health can be related back to the level of disturbance in our urban soils. Ryan will discuss practical ways to diagnose tree symptoms related to soil issues and current tree care techniques that address soils.

-- Keep on Growing: Tips for Extending the Gardening Season; March 27 at 1:30 p.m., March 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to keep on growing beyond summer, and have fresh vegetables anytime of the year. Join Extension Horticulture Educator, Chris Enroth as he details season extension techniques such as using cold frames and low tunnels to grow fresh produce all year long.

If you have questions about the Four Seasons Winter Webinar Series, you can call me at the Extension office in Arthur at 217-543-3755.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties, visit our website at or call us at 217-345-7034


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