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FALL GARDENING TIPS FROM RANDOM ACRES GARDEN CENTER
October 30, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

SUMMER BULBS
such as dahlias & cannas, should be dug up. Trim off the stems and store them in a cool, dark place where animals cannot get to them.

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS
can be planted. Tulips, daffodils and crocus are a welcomed sight after a snowy
cold winter.

AMEND GARDEN SOIL
so it’ll be ready in Spring. Remove weeds, add organic material & till. This
will enrich the soil & improve its texture, making it easier in Spring!

FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN
to encourage sturdy root growth and an early green-up in the spring. Make sure your fertilizer has an organic source of nitrogen, with less phosphorus & potassium.

PROPER LAWN HEIGHT
for overwintering is 1.5 – 2 inches. Gradually reduce the height of your mower
so you don’t stress the lawn. If the lawn stops growing, but leaves keep falling, use the mower as a leaf mulcher or vacuum. If left on the lawn, leaves will get matted down & smother your grass.

MULCH
after a deep freeze. Apply 2 – 3 inches of mulch around your perennials, shrubs & small trees. This will help to insulate the roots, protect the plant from damage & retain moisture.

REMOVE INJURED/DEAD PLANTS
from your garden. Leaving them will provide insects and disease a great place to overwinter.

WINTERIZE ROSES
after a hard frost. Cut them back to 6 – 12 inches and mound fresh soil or compost around their stems. Cover with a cone or bushel basket.

INSTALL WINDBREAKS
using burlap or plastic. Winter winds can easily dry out young, tender plants, so protect them by redirecting those harsh winds.

CLEAN AND SHARPEN TOOLS
as well as disconnect & drain outdoor hoses. Store them to protect them from
freezing.

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COMMUNITY SHRED DAY
October 25, 2011, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Shredding event

Cohosted by State Representative Michelle Mussman and the Schaumburg Business Association, this shredding day is fast approaching. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011    
10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.
Farmgate Shopping Center
Northwest corner of Roselle Road and Weathersfield Way
Schaumburg

Accepted materials:  paper, computer disks, tapes and hard drives
Limit is 10 average size boxes.

For more information, please call Rep. Mussman’s Constituent Service Office at 847-923-9104.



COME TO THE GREEN ECONOMY ACTION ROADSHOW IN SCHAUMBURG
October 16, 2011, 7:11 am
Filed under: Green Program

The village of Schaumburg is hosting the Green Economy Action  Roadshow (GEAR) in conjunction with the Delta Institute which is based in Chicago.

It will be held  November 4 and 5 at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg.

The event is being held for:
 –Business owners interested in sustainability or offering green services
–Homeowners interested in making their homes more energy efficient

Workshops, speakers and networking opportunities will be offered.  It will be a productive way to gain new information for a greener home and business.

If you have any questions, contact the Community Development Department at mdooley@ci.schaumburg.il.us or call 847-923-3855.



HOFFMAN ESTATES ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR 2011
October 9, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs

What:  The Environmental Fair is an annual event where speakers discuss current environmental issues and local environmental organizations share information about their organizations.
Who:  Sponsored by the Hoffman Estates Environmental Commission
When:  Saturday, October 29, 2011 9:30 to 3:30
Where:  Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates, IL
Cost:  Free

Enjoy the educational benefits of expert speakers on fascinating eco-subjects such as “Creating a Green Organization” and organic gardening.  Visit unique displays featuring over 20 conservation and environmental groups. 

For more information, contact Village Forester Kelly Kerr at 847-490-6800 or at  kelly.kerr @hoffmanestates.org