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View Resource The US National Arboretum: Gardening

The US National Arboretum provides this Web page to assist the nearly 60 million people who garden. Some particularly useful site features are the Q&A section answered by Arboretum experts, a glossary of plant terminology, basic plant requirements, and an introduction to Integrated Pest Management. The site is a collection of practical information; it is likely that almost any gardener will find...

View Resource Friends of Bassett Creek: Rain Gardens: Gardening with Water Quality in Mind

This site, from the Minnesota-based Friends of Bassett Creek, displays a pamphlet on rain gardens including a list of Native Plants for Rain Gardens, some of which link to photos. Rain gardens are an attractive way to improve local water quality. A step-by-step guide to planting this type of garden is provided here for visitors, along with a series of frequently asked questions about rain...

View Resource Illinois Department of Natural Resources: Prairie Establishment and Landscaping

This site from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, offers a comprehensive article on Prairie Establishment and Landscaping by William E. McLain. This resource defines the types of prairies located in Illinois, and how to select a site for planting. Other sections are focused on topics like planting techniques, seedbed preparation, weed control, and transplanting techniques. A...

View Resource The Butterfly Site.com: Butterfly Gardening

Hosted by The Butterfly Site.com, this site offers a plethora of links covering many aspects of Butterfly Gardens. "A butterfly garden is an easy way to both see more butterflies and to contribute towards their conservation, since many natural butterfly habitats have been lost to urbanization and other development." Check out the regional map to see which butterflies can be found in your area. ...

View Resource Oscillating Sprinkler

Oscillating Sprinkler: If you've thought about it for more than five seconds, you've probably wondered about the "oscillating" part of an oscillating sprinkler: What makes the arm go back and forth? In this edition of HowStuffWorks, you'll learn exactly how it happens!

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