Fluffy Yellows and Billowy Whites in Your Lawn: Dandelion Control

Dandelions are ubiquitous with the start of spring. While some folks don’t mind allowing a few blooms to feed early spring pollinators, others despise a yellow speckled lawn. If you’re in the weed-free turf camp, here are some tips for dandelion control. First, the best defense against dandelions is cultivating a healthy, robust lawn. Lawns […]

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Protecting Pollinators This Spring

As we dig into fresh soil for spring gardening, it’s a good time to sit back and remember a few garden practices that can help protect (and even attract!) pollinators to your garden this season. First, consider controlling insect pests through cultural instead of chemical methods. Create an environment that reduces monoculture and improves diversity. […]

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The Diseases Behind Spotted Tomatoes

Have you noticed a few spots on your tomatoes? While the recent weather has been good for building up the moisture levels of our soils, the extra wetness and warmth is also great for diseases. With several central Wisconsin counties already reporting late blight, it’s time to pay attention to the spots showing up on your tomatoes. Here are […]

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Pick a Better Pear

Ah, the Callery Pear (Pyrus callerana). Come spring time, these ornamental trees bring beautiful white blooms to neighborhoods across the United States and Wisconsin. Once planted for their disease resistance and tolerance of urban settings, these trees have begun to spark interest for other, less-than-desirable qualities. Last week on NPR, the Callery Pear was featured for […]

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Lawn Care Tips

Do you have a lawn, just beginning to green? While there’s nothing like that first flush of spring growth, following are a few tips to keep your lawn healthy all year long. Make sure to fertilize regularly over the growing season. Fertilizer helps keep your grass green and healthy. A healthy, robust lawn not only […]

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Now is the time for crabgrass preventative treatments

If you’re worried about crabgrass taking over your lawn, now is the perfect time to apply a crabgrass pre-emergent herbicide. Pre-emergent herbicides work by preventing the germination of crabgrass seed, and must be applied within a specific window of time to be effective. Because crabgrass has an annual growth pattern where it lives and dies within the same […]

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Tis the season … for nuisance pests!

It’s not only people that want to head indoors for the cold, winter months. Have you noticed any multicolored lady beetles or box elder bugs roaming around inside? These infamous indoor pests luckily cause no human harm, but they can be annoying. Box elder bugs spent the warm months closely associated with box elder trees, as […]

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Buckthorn – Get ’em while they’re green!

Despite flurries of snow, it’s not too late to get outside to conquer invasive weeds. While native and naturalized plants are shutting down for the winter, a few invasive species are still green and growing strong. The ability to grow when other plants are dormant is a competitive advantage to invasive weeds, as there is little […]

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A Sweeter Kale

With fall leaves past peak and a heavy weekend frost, many a gardener will hang up their hat for the winter. But, do not despair dear gardener! Not all is lost in the garden, especially when it comes to vegetables. Did you know that the brassicas such as kale, collards and other hardy greens get sweeter after […]

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Fall Composting Tips

As fall returns, so does the frost that ends our summer bounty. The home gardener may be wondering what to do with all the plant material left. How about composting? Not only does composting save you money, but it improves the soil structure and water holding capacity of your soil, as well as promotes plant growth. […]

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