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Aug 17

Fall is a Good Time to Add New Plants

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Gary Gomes

If you’re ready to add some new plants to your yard, fall is a great time! With the weather finally relenting to slightly cooler temperatures, plants can withstand transfer better and require slightly less water. Be sure to till the soil and add fertilizer before planting. 

Additionally, you will want to check your irrigation system for any hard water deposits that may have built up along your drip lines. If discovered, these should be cleared before any new installations to help ensure water can reach your plants efficiently.

But be sure to keep these considerations in mind: Is it the right plant/tree for the right space? How big is your plant or tree going to be in its mature size as it relates to its space? Some shrubs grow quickly and overtake a small area! And what kind of light does it need? The closer the plant is to hard surfaces like sidewalks and brick walls, the more sun and heat it will absorb. Be cautious of placing plants near these reflective surfaces. 

And be aware that if you buy something that flowers in warm weather it may soon lose its blossoms. That’s ok, though, it should bloom again next year. These tips can help you decide how and what to plant for your new, fall additions to your yard!

Visit the Learning Center on our website,, for additional information about plant care. 

Aug 17

Practice Back to School Safety

Posted to Peoria News by Gary Gomes

With the start of a new school year underway, the City of Peoria is encouraging students, families, and drivers to practice back-to-school safety. If your child is walking to school, plan the route ahead and choose the safest path with the least street crossings. Teach children the rules of the road, to obey all traffic signs, and follow the directions of school crossing guards. Teach children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from anyone other than approved friends and family. While driving, remember to slow down in school zones, always yield to children in crosswalks, and do not drive distracted. To ensure the safety of all students, the Peoria Police Department will be strictly enforcing traffic safety and parking in and around school zones. 


Oct 26

Peoria Police Host Fall Motorcycle Safety Event

Posted to Public Safety Tips by Samantha Thomas

On Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Peoria Police Department in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is proud to host an interactive Motorcycle Safety class. 

There is no charge for this one-day class and it is open to the public.

The program will consist of a short classroom discussion to cover safe riding habits and overall motorcycle safety followed by hands-on course instruction. During the riding portion of the course, critical riding skills will be reinforced to promote the optimal response to dangerous riding situations.

Motorcycle riders wishing to apply for this course can fill out a short application at This is not a course for new riders to get an endorsement. A valid driver's license and motorcycle endorsement are required to attend this class. Selected participants will be notified prior to the class.

Seating is limited and program participants will be selected based upon application screening.