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GLT's Grow

From controlling critters to whacking weeds to finding just the right plant for your plot, GLT's Grow is your source for sage gardening advice and down-to-earth tips. Host Patrick Murphy is ready to take on all your gardening questions, so submit yours today. Let GLT help your garden Grow!

Support for GLT's Grow comes from Chris Holderly at Advantage Lawn & Landscape Inc., offering personalized services for commercial and residential landscape design, installation and ongoing maintenance—with a passion for all things green. Specializing in custom patios, decking and outdoor living spaces.

GLT's Grow: This Spud's For You

Mar 17, 2017
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Now's the time to start growing potatoes in your garden.  But don't limit yourself to the usual potato suspects.

GLT's Grow: Beware Boxwood Blight

Mar 10, 2017
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The serious fungal disease, boxwood blight, has been detected in Illinois, putting thousands of boxwoods plants in danger.

GLT's Grow: Develop A Soft Spot For Hardscaping

Mar 3, 2017
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Not every yard is all grass and plants.  Hardscaping is often an important part of the landscaping equation.

GLT's Grow: Sharing Our Yard Space With Pets

Feb 24, 2017
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When planning your yard, it's best to keep in mind you pets and how they will use the space.  Doing so will keep you both happy -- and your pets healthy.

GLT's Grow: Starting Seeds For Spring

Feb 17, 2017
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With spring looming, gardeners can get a leg up on their work outside by starting inside—starting seeds inside, that is.

GLT's Grow: Dealing With Wildlife

Feb 10, 2017
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Sometimes the nature that shows up in our backyard is beautiful, but uninvited.  Wildlife can set up shop on your property, and it's best if you know how to handle your uninvited guests.

GLT's Grow: Yard Camo

Feb 3, 2017
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Got something in your yard you want to hide, like those unsightly, but oh-so-important utility boxes?  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has some advice for you.

GLT's Grow: No Soil Needed

Jan 27, 2017
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Sporting a brown, rather than green, thumb?  Looking for a fun plant that's easy to grow?  Then give Tillandsia a try!

GLT's Grow: Fungus Among Us

Jan 20, 2017
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Out of all the things you can grow in soil, mold is probably one of the least welcome -- right down there with crabgrass and dandelions.  While there are some nasty molds that do damage, there are actually some molds you should encourage.

GLT's Grow: Winter Damage Control

Jan 13, 2017
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Winter has quite the arsenal it can throw at us -- and our yards, noted  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.  But understanding the full wrath of winter weather can help us treat, and possibly, prevent damage.

GLT's Grow: Indoor Veggie Gardening

Jan 6, 2017
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No sense in pining away for spring.  According to Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, you can get planting right now to enjoy from fresh, delicious produce grown by your own hand.

GLT's Grow: Plant A Seed For 2017

Dec 30, 2016
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Gardeners are trapped inside for the winter, and Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow understands that desire to be out in the yard growing things.

GLT's Grow: Saving Those Holiday Plants

Dec 23, 2016
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Beautiful, flowering plants like poinsettias are very popular this time of year.  But what about other times of year?  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has advice on keeping those holiday plants going well into the new year.

GLT's Grow: Light The Night With Unique Holiday Decor

Dec 16, 2016
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Time to untangle those Christmas lights and turn your yard into something special.  Host Patrick Murphy has a few ideas to try, ranging from the traditional to a healthy dollop of pop culture.

GLT's Grow: Best Christmas Tree Picks

Dec 9, 2016
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Going to the Christmas tree lot can prove overwhelming unless you know your way around the variety of trees there.  Knowing what look you want to achieve is a great place to start, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

GLT's Grow: Pine Straw As Mulch

Dec 2, 2016
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Ron in Normal has a question for Murph.  having heard the host of GLT's Grow espouse the benefits of hardwood mulch, Ron wants to know if it's okay to use pine straw instead.

GLT's Grow: Saying Farewell To An Old Friend

Nov 25, 2016
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We plant trees, we nurture them along, and we watch them grow through the season, putting down roots in our gardens and our hearts.  So when the day comes that the tree fails, we're faced with a painful truth:  It has to come down.

GLT's Grow: Seeds To Collect, Seeds To Swap

Nov 18, 2016
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When the growing season is done, that's the time to make plans for the future of your garden -- that's the time to collect seeds. Careful collection and storage of seeds in the fall ensures new plants for the spring, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

GLT's Grow: Not Too Late For Bedding Plants

Nov 11, 2016
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It's been a pretty mild fall, particularly in the Midwest, so there's still time to get some loveliness into the ground before winter gets here.  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has a few suggestions.

GLT's Grow: Wrangling Raspberry Bushes

Nov 4, 2016
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Having raspberry bushes in your backyard is a real bonus -- they produce a healthy and delicious treat that's versatile in the kitchen.  But, according to Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, keeping the plant healthy in the yard takes some work.

GLT's Grow: Pride Of The Prairie

Oct 28, 2016
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Many, many years ago, prairie grasses covered much of the Midwest.  The grasses lost the battle to cultivated crops -- corn, wheat, soybeans.  But now everyday gardeners are trying to bring prairie grass back where it belongs.

GLT's Grow: Holey Leaves!

Oct 21, 2016
Ray Johnson

Our attention is going to the leaves this time of year as they change into their glorious colors of autumn.  But Ray in Bloomington isn't concerned with the changing hues, but with some mysterious holes that have appeared in the leaves of his otherwise healthy Canadian Red Cherry tree.

GLT's Grow: Fear The Frost

Oct 14, 2016
John Schattel

Late bloomers can add some delightful color to our yards this time of year.  But a sudden turn in the weather can put the flowers in danger. Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, said you've got to have your plant in the right space to avoid such problems.

GLT's Grow: The Dirt On Tree Planting

Oct 7, 2016
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Autumn is the perfect time of year to put a new tree in the ground.  With milder weather, your new addition has a fighting chance to put down roots and firmly establish itself as a star in your yard.  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has some advice on tree planting.

GLT's Grow: Autumn Fruits

Sep 30, 2016
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Autumn offers many pleasures, from crisp weather to colorful leaves.  But one favorite thing about fall that Patrick Murphy can't get enough of is fall fruits.  There's plenty to enjoy, and now is a wonderful time to get planting.

GLT's Grow: Autumn Garden Tasks

Sep 23, 2016
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Autumn has arrived, and it brought with it a to-do list that you shouldn't ignore.  Fall is prime time for planting, reviving a lawn and adding a splash of color.   No putting your feet up just yet, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

GLT's Grow: Three Ghastly Weeds

Sep 16, 2016
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You work hard on your lawn and garden, and you deserve to reap the benefits of a beautiful landscape.  But there's nasty weeds out there that are bent on invading and ruining your yard.  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow, has advice for dealing with the top three weeds you don't want in your yard.

GLT's Grow: Katsura Tree Future In Question

Sep 9, 2016
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Trees are supposed to lose their leaves in fall.  But when it happens in the summer time, it's not a good sign.  Does that mean the end is near?  Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow helps a listener who fears losing a tree.

GLT's Grow: For The Love Of Ivy

Sep 2, 2016
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As young folks head off for a new school year, many of them do so in buildings with ivy covered walls.  This most collegiate of plants looks gorgeous against a brick building, but it takes some work to maintain.  If you're willing to put in the effort, it's worth it, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

GLT's Grow: Why Good Drainage Is Crucial

Aug 26, 2016
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Drainage problems in your yard can cause all sorts of problems, both for your house and plants.  So grab your umbrella on a rainy day and go out to your yard to check out the situation.  It could save you from costly difficulties down the road.

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