Four Seasons Gardening program offers summer series

The summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening and backyard food production, gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled, “Using Essential Oils Safely.” The program will be offered twice – on June 27 at 1:30 p.m. and again on June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Essential oils have been growing in popularity, but some people are unsure of how to use them properly. Join Nancy Kreith, horticulture educator, as she leads you through the history, production and safety of using essential oils.

The second session is titled, “Sustainable Lawn Care.” This program will also be offered twice – on July 11 at 1:30 p.m. and again on July 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Americans dedicate vast sums of land and billions of dollars to lawns. Despite our investment of time and money, homeowners commonly find frustration with their turf, leading to the use of more inputs, which calls into question the sustainability of lawns. University of Illinois Extension educator Chris Enroth will discuss steps homeowners can take to make their lawns more sustainable while saving time and money. Join in on our webinar as we talk turf species, soil health, fertilizer, irrigation, lawn culture and dive into what it means to have a beautiful, sustainable lawn.

The summer series of the Four Seasons Gardening program concludes with Grow Your Own Backyard Tree Fruit: The Science of Tree Fruits Revealed. The program will be offered on July 25 at 1:30 p.m. and again on July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Tree fruits can be grown in your backyard with proper care and training. Andrew Holsinger, Extension Horticulture Educator, will reveal reasons for managing your backyard tree fruits wisely. Learn the basics of backyard tree fruits and how selection, training, and pruning are key factors for success.

These webinars may be viewed from home by pre-registering at go.illinois.edu/4seasons_webinars. Recorded videos of these sessions, as well as previous Four Seasons webinars, can be viewed following the program at go.illinois.edu/fourseasonsrecordings.

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