Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The drought and heat of 2012 killed younger Christmas trees, but those you'll want to buy around Bolingbrook are ready for purchase.
Young Christmas trees -- those planted this spring or last year -- were most affected by the drought and heat of 2012. Charles Ide, who runs Ide Christmas Tree Farm in Downers Grove along Plainfield Road, told the Chicago Tribune every one of the several thousand trees he planted this year and last died. It's the worst damage in the 55 years he's run the farm, the Trib reported. But when you go to purchase your Christmas tree, you won't see a shortage. Christmas trees take about a decade to grow, and the older trees weathered the harsh conditions the best because they have a more extensive root system to reach moisture, according to the Trib. David Daniken, past president of the Illinois Christmas Tree Farm Association, told the Trib …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
It's always good to be caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Statehouse News. SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House this week came another step closer to expelling indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith from the chamber, and Gov. Pat Quinn headed to southern Illinois to examine drought damage and dodge protesters. Illinois Statehouse News compiled these stories for this week in review. House committee recommends expulsion for Smith A bipartisan committee of House lawmakers voted Thursday to recommend that Smith, the Chicago Democrat under federal indictment for bribery, be expelled from the state House. Of the 12 representatives on the Select Committee on Discipline, 11 voted in favor of recommending expulsion with state Rep. …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Two-thirds of the state is experiencing at least a severe drought, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Illinois is in the midst of its first drought of the year, according to the Chicago Tribune. At least two-thirds of the state is experiencing a severe drought, according to the Trib, and 9 percent is experiencing a severe drought or worse. "Last month, Chicago got .89 inches of precipitation," the Trib reported. "The average in June is 3.45 inches." Statistics from the National Weather Service (viaChicago Weather Center) show O’Hare Airport has reported that with only 1.18 inches of rain falling from June 1 to July 7 this year, the Chicagoland area has received 28 percent less precipitation than normal. Coupled with higher than normal temperatures, the lack of rainfall has caused the area to be rated as “abnormally dry” or in a “moderate …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Experts say proper watering can save precious landscaping.
As temperatures have “cooled” in Bolingbrook during the past couple of days from triple digits to the high 80s and lower 90s, we may all feel a little more comfortable physically. But what about our flowers, plants, trees and lawns? Statistics from the National Weather Service (via Chicago Weather Center) show O’Hare Airport has reported that with only 1.18 inches of rain falling from June 1 to July 7 this year, the Chicagoland area has received 28 percent less precipitation than normal. Coupled with higher than normal temperatures, the lack of rainfall has caused the area to be rated as “abnormally dry” or in a “moderate drought” on an index created by the U.S. Drought Monitor. And with no significant rainfall predicted for the next week …