Tuesday 19 May 2020

Have your lilies been under attack? Are there bright red beetles munching on your prized lilies? It’s time to take action! Start treating your lilies before they are mowed to the ground by the Scarlet Lily Beetle, otherwise known as the Lily Leaf Beetle. These nasty beetles are known to (more)

Tuesday 12 May 2020

As you are strolling through the greenhouses and garden centers this spring, you are probably grabbing some annual plants to brighten up your home. As you collect all of these beautiful plants, you may become overwhelmed by those impulsive buys. Have no fear! Annual planting is a fun way to (more)

Monday 4 May 2020

Are you fed up with mowing your lawn every week, or do you want to create a pollinator and bird paradise? You might want to consider creating a small prairie to attract beneficial insects, birds, and wildlife. Prairies have a natural look, so if you like a formal looking garden, (more)

Smooth Hydrangeas- Hydrangea arborescens Description: Smooth hydrangeas are native to the eastern United States, and are usually found in wooded areas. They are Cold Hardy in Zones 3-9, so they can tolerate our winters here in Wisconsin. This hydrangea can tolerate low- light conditions because they prefer morning sun and shade (more)

Tuesday 21 April 2020

It’s almost that time! Fire up your lawnmowers and weed whips, the grass is starting to green up and grow. From my experience, there are two different types of turf people, those who care about their turf and those who don’t. It is common to see pristine lawns in suburban (more)

Tuesday 14 April 2020

As you are awaiting planting time, you are most likely already planning what you would like in your vegetable gardens. If you are like me, you are probably anxiously paging through seed and plant catalogs. Some people love to start their own seeds in their homes, but you need good (more)

Tuesday 7 April 2020

Have you ever wondered why soil smells like it does? Organic compounds in the soil are called Geosmins. That earthy smell is produced by a certain bacterium in the soil. Imagine a whole world of microscopic organisms eating organic matter in our soils creating a bouquet of earthy smells. All (more)

Monday 30 March 2020

As long as I can remember, collecting pussy willow branches for spring decoration has been a tradition in my family. To this day, I scout the ditches on our family’s property for budding pussy willows. Once I see the first sight of those silvery buds, I call my Grandma and (more)

Wednesday 18 March 2020

As the snow continues to melt, our landscapes start to wake up from hibernation. You may be thinking of ways to get into your gardens, and how you could get a head start on your summer projects. With abundant sunshine and warmer temperatures, we can start digging around in our (more)

Thursday 5 March 2020

As a little girl, I was always itching to get into the gardens. Whether it was collecting blossoms from perennials growing in the yard, exploring the woods, or harvesting vegetables from the garden, I had my dirt-covered fingers in it. I grew up in Mosinee, Wisconsin, observing the surrounding landscapes (more)