Donate and volunteer at food pantries to reduce impacts of government shutdown

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Kenosha/Racine Counties FoodWIse Administrator, Terri Ward As we face uncertainty about local impacts of the government shutdown, and as the Department of Health Services press release informs FoodShare recipients that, given the current scenario, supplemental food benefits for March will be $0.00, many people are anxious about how and […]

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Plants of the year 2019

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen While many are preparing for the holidays, the National Garden Bureau is planning for the 2019 gardening season. Each year, the NGB selects plants: one annual, one perennial, one bulb and one edible, to promote in their “Year of the Crops” program. The chosen plants […]

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Park landscaping work includes planting of native prairie species

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen The landscape at Petrifying Springs Park continues to change. Park visitors may have noticed work being done on some areas located in and adjacent to parking lots 3, 4 and 5. The islands in all three lots, along with retention areas near lots 3 and […]

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Rhizosphaera needlecast on spruce trees

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: Several of the spruce trees in my yard seem to be dying. The inner needles on the lower branches turned brown, and many have dropped from the trees. The trees are growing in a row, and it appears that the problem is spreading from […]

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Kenosha County Display Garden wins national award

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen The results are in, and judges have awarded the Kenosha County Center Display Garden second place in the Category 1 division of the All-America Selections 2018 Landscape Design Challenge. This makes the fifth consecutive year the Kenosha County Center Display Garden has received a national […]

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Is soil too wet to plant bulbs?

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: A bag of tulip bulbs is sitting on a shelf in my garage waiting to be planted. With all the rain lately, I’m not sure when I can plant them. How long can I wait to plant them? — C.H. Answer: Due to the […]

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“Ice cream” gardens display whimsy, bring visitors to social

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen   BRISTOL — On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the All-America Select display gardens at the Kenosha County Center held the nectar for bees and butterflies alike. But they also had the added lure of ice cream, lemonade and candy for visitors who dropped in to […]

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Rust diseases require two hosts to complete life cycle

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: What is the difference between cedar-apple rust and cedar-hawthorn rust? I am familiar with cedar apple rust but was told by a landscaper my serviceberry tree may be affected by cedar-hawthorn rust. How can these diseases be managed? — J.S. Answer: In addition to […]

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Urban Forestry Workshop: Tree Pruning

A one day workshop for professionals involved in community tree care will be held on November 2, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol.  UWEX and the WI DNR have teamed up to host this educational opportunity that will be taught by tree professionals from Wachtel Tree Service, Inc. […]

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