Cook County, Illinois

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Fish manure for calcareous alkaline soil

To reclaim & start farming in barren land of calcareous alkaline soil (ph ~9), can we apply fish manure made from whole fresh water fish grown in large pond that we own? If yes, please share the procedure for making manure & other details.

Cook County Illinois over 5 years ago

What kind of mite is this?

Found this mite on my bed crawling by my cat. What kind of mite is this?

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Cook County Illinois over 4 years ago

Is this bad

That is a dead boxelder tree stump. The red slimy stuff dissipated about 2 pm that pic was taken at 9 am. I have 2 dogs and two young children that play in the yard is it safe


Cook County Illinois over 3 years ago

What kind of mite is this?

I found this mite on my bed crawling by my cat. Im experiencing what appears to be a couple bites and would like to know what mite this is and if this could be what's leaving the bites

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Cook County Illinois over 4 years ago

Light spectrum, color of sheer curtains and Dracenas!

Hi People! I recently got cream colored sheer curtains to filter bright direct sunlight; it's a SE facing window with very intense morning light.
QUESTION: I'd love to purchase the black version and the deep blue version of this sheer curtain but am worried that the colors will limit the necessary light spectrum that the plants need. Am I fussing for nothing or is my concern valid? I'd really appreciate your feedback as there is nothing online that speaks to the color of sheer curtains, their affect on light spectrum, and whether or not it has any positive or negative impact on plants. (I have 2 Dracenas. I'm not worried about the cream colored curtains.) Thanks, People!

Cook County Illinois about 1 year ago


Something is all over my periwinkle and is killing it and keeps multiplying. I thought the winter temperatures would kill the problem but it came back strong this spring. It killed all that was affected last year and is attacking all the new growth now. I think the plant is called periwinkle. It vines and grows along our sidewalk. The problem is yellow specks all over the leaves. I hope the picture shows what is happening. Please advise.

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Cook County Illinois over 7 years ago

Like to learn all you can about EAB? Just ask Scottie AshTree Seed.

I am an Arboriculturist from Chicago who after helplessly watching thousands of American Elm trees get killed by DED when young, vowed that if my generation was in charge during another mass tree killing event in the future. I would be on the forefront of research, educating municipalities and supplying endangered tree owners with every proven option available. In order for public to make well educated, best practice decisions.

Proudly I have achieved that very goal, by becoming one of our regions most knowledgeable on subject. With help from best EAB experts in the USA, at University of Illinois, Ohio & Michigan. Thru this open letter, I would like the public to know. That all Arborist receiving certification today, are instructed to ask their local University Extension representative for technical assistance when faced with any Tree/Plant health care issues. Anyone researching Emerald Ash Borer can also Check out link to my EAB info page, in order to become your communities most knowledgeable Ash tree/EAB expert at: First photo is 250 old White Ash tree planted by George Washington's family, and second photo is Cook counties 250 yr. old Green Ash tree that I have been patriotically protecting against EAB.

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Cook County Illinois about 4 years ago

What are these things?!?!

I have found 4 of these bugs over the course of a few weeks right after we cleaned underneath our bed. I had an exterminator come out and inspect my bedroom and he told me they are not bed bugs. Someone please help me I'm losing my mind tearing my room apart every other day!!!!


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Cook County Illinois about 4 years ago

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