Poison Ivy – Leaves of Three, Let it Be

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties Summer is a great time to explore Wisconsin’s rich natural resources. When you camp, bike, or hike you may encounter diverse trees, shrubs or vines but none are as easily recognizable to “Poison Ivy” (Toxodendron radicans) with its distinct three leaflets. Poison Ivy, […]

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wild parsnip

Mid-Summer Garden Chores

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties July is the prime time to keep up with your garden maintenance. Beyond weeding and mulching, there are other essential chores that can help your landscape and garden plants to stay healthy and fresh. Schedule your second lawn fertilization with 1 lb. of […]

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Dames rocket

Garden column

By Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties What’s the phlox-like plant with its purple bloom along the roadsides? With its attractive purple- pinkish to white fragrant flowers, dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is a highly invasive plant that can quickly displaces the native vegetation along the roadside ditches, wooded and open […]

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Plant health updates – May 2019

Report by Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator for Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Racine Counties May 2019 Horticulture Extension Educator, Vijai Pandian, describes what’s happening to Green Boxwood Hedge, offers alternatives to Austrian Pines, provides an overview of the 2019 winter injuries to landscape, and suggests the do’s and don’t during the wet season. In addition, readers […]

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What a winter!

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen It’s been a wild winter! Extended days of subzero temperatures, high winds and mixed precipitation have plagued our region disrupting school schedules, travel plans and morning commutes. As humans, we have the ability to alter behavior in response to winter woes, but plants, the immobile […]

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Spring into gardening 2019

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Despite winter’s grasp, spring will soon arrive! Prepare for it by attending the 13th annual “Spring into Gardening” conference hosted by Racine County and Kenosha County Division of Extension. Registration is open through Feb. 23 for this event, which will be held on Saturday, March […]

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A guide to starting seedlings indoors

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen At this time of year, gardeners and plant enthusiasts start dreaming about the upcoming growing season and contemplate starting seeds indoors. There are many products on the market which aid in the process, from specially formulated seed-starting soil mixes to compressed soil pellets to dome-covered […]

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We need our green spaces

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Connecting with nature is predicted to be the garden trend for 2019, according to Garden Media Group’s 2019 Garden Trends Report: “Rooted Together — Reconnecting with the Natural World.” Link that prediction with findings from a research summary, “Urban Nature for Human Health & Well-Being,” […]

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