Why Leaves Change Color, as Fall is Finally Here

Fall is officially here, proven true by the yellowed Honey Locust leaves raining down outside my office window. This weekend provides a perfect opportunity to explore the changing colors across the state, with gorgeous weather and many opportunities nearby. As you’re enjoying the beautiful scenery, you may be wondering – why do leaves change color? […]

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Mushrooms

It seems as though the plentiful rains have created a bumper crop of little brown mushrooms this year. Hardly a lawn I walk on is devoid of the unassuming caps of a forgettable little mushroom. While these fungal fruiting bodies won’t hurt your lawn or plants, they can be poisonous to curious children and interested […]

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Be Prepared: Squash Vine Borer

I know it seems too early to worry about squash vine borer, with rain soaked gardens and little clumps of squash plants only a fraction of the size they’ll soon grow to be. But no matter how quiet things seem to be in the garden, the numbers don’t lie. The infamous squash vine borer will […]

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Pollinator Week Celebration: Bees!

You may have already heard some buzz about pollinator week, in which attention is drawn towards the importance of conserving pollinator populations that are responsible for over 75% of food crops. From thinking about colony collapse disorder in honey bees to encouraging milkweeds for monarchs, it’s also important to remember our native Wisconsin bees. There […]

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Garlic Mustard and Invasive Weeds

June is Invasive Weed Awarness Month, and there is no doubt that if you have spent any time along a trail, in a road side ditch, or under a forest canopy recently, you have stumbled upon the ubiquitous invasive, garlic mustard. This weed is quick to colonize forests, savannas, yards, and roadsides. Garlic mustard outcompetes […]

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