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U of I Extension News – February 22, 2017

4-H Barn Quilts Club

The 4-H Barn Quilts Special Interest (SPIN) Club will be kicking off the Spring season soon.
The second year of this exciting club will continue the project they began last year with beautiful barn quilts to be displayed across Washington County.
Youth learn to construct the frame, prime the wood, visual arts techniques for painting, and patterns for the quilts.
The first quilt can been seen on the barn of Okawville resident Charlie Meier.
The second quilt will soon be on display in Nashville at David and Karen Droste’s residence.
The club will meet on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Nashville Community Center on March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 23, 30, and May 7.    The club is open to both current 4-H members, and non-members interested in joining in on this fun opportunity.  Space in this SPIN club is limited, so youth are encouraged to call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881 to register today.  The cost will be $7 per person.

Back to Basics: Green Lawn Care

Did you know you can have a luscious green lawn while being ‘green’?
Grass in the form of lawns is the third largest crop in Illinois covering 63,000 square miles.
Maintaining all that grass with high volume of fertilizers and pesticides can be harmful to the environment.
With a few simple changes to your routine will produce the same results in a green ‘earth friendly’ manor.
On March 14, University of Illinois Extension will highlight sustainable practices for the home lawnscape, at Case Halsted Library in Carlyle at 6:30 p.m.
What we put on our land ends up in our water.  Learn how to apply fertilizers to your lawn in the proper amount to avoid excess runoff that can lead to contaminating our water supply locally and downstream.
Additional cultural practices will also be discussed to produce a green healthy lawn that will make your neighbors envious. Practices learned can also be applied to vegetable gardens and landscaping.
There is no charge for this program but registration is required. Call 618-526-4551 or

    University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

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