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Latest Horticulture News

Keeping Your Plants Healthy: Dealing with Dry soils and Drought

As of mid-June, much of Wisconsin is facing severe drought, affecting many landscape and garden plants. Find out what you should be doing to help ensure your plants survive and thrive!

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How to Deal with Surface Tree Roots

Those big, beautiful shade trees in our yards often come with the problem of surface roots—roots that are visible on the lawn surface. These surface roots not only affect the appearance of the lawn, but they can make mowing difficult and create tripping hazards.

Fascinating Fasciated Plants Springing Up Around Wisconsin

Plants that we are used to seeing in a normal state are growing in a flattened and deformed fashion. This deformity in growth is called fasciation. That is fasciation, not fascination. The symptoms arise from changes at the growing point (apical meristem) on the plant.

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Timely Articles for Summer Gardens

Growing Apples in Wisconsin

Teryl R. Roper, Daniel L. Mahr, Patricia S. McManus Revised:  7/5/2010 Item number:  A3565 A great how-to book for backyard apple growers. Covers everything from planting tips to pruning to disease and insect management strategies.   Download Article

Drought and Watering of Ornamental Plants

Laura Jull, Woody Ornamental Specialist, UW-Extension, UW-Madison Revised:  7/13/2012 Many of our established woody ornamentals can survive periods of prolonged drought. In response to drought conditions, some of our woody ornamentals, both native and exotic, can start the annual fall leaf defoliation a bit early during prolonged drought conditions.  Leaves can also turn brown and […]

Rain Barrels

Mike Maddox, State Master Gardener Program Manager & Darren Lochner, Formerly of the UW-Extension Lower Chippewa River Basin Revised:  2/5/2008 Item number:  XHT1157 What is a rain barrel?  A rain barrel can be any large container designed to collect rain water.  Typically, rain barrels are placed at the bottom of downspouts in order to collect […]

Mulches for Home Gardens and Plantings

Boost your garden’s production with mulches. This publication shows when to use organic mulches, like bark or leaves, and synthetic mulches, like plastic sheets, and teaches how to apply them.

Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide

The Wisconsin Bee Identification Guide provides information about 13 of the most common bees found in Wisconsin. From the very small Sweat Bee, measuring in at 1/4″ long, to the big Bumble Bee, this guide helps identify many incredibly important pollinators!

Wisconsin Lawn Care Calendar

The following lawn care calendar provides an overview of home lawn maintenance. Not all lawns require every maintenance activity. Be sure to customize the care of your lawn to its specific problems and needs.

Specialized Gardening Techniques: Wide-Row Planting, Square-Foot Gardening and Raised Beds

Learn how to make the most of your garden. Features tips for setting up and planting raised beds, including wheelchair access.

Outdoor Hazards in Wisconsin: A Guide to Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

Scott R. Craven, Phillip J. Pellitteri, Mark J. Renz Revised:  1/15/2010 Item number:  G3564 Wisconsin’s bountiful natural resources make it an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Most plants and creatures you encounter won’t hurt you, but timber rattlesnakes, yellow jackets, wild parsnip, and others can be troublesome. This guide will help you recognize, avoid, and […]

Ten Common Plant Diseases/Disorders You Can Diagnose by Eye

This factsheet summarized ten common plant diseases that are also relatively easy to identify on your own.

Trellising, Staking and Caging – Vertical gardening techniques for vine-type vegetables

Robert Tomesh, horticulture specialist, University of Wisconsin Extension, Cooperative Extension Revised:  3/31/2011 Item number:  A3933-01 Vine-type fruits and vegetables—such as tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers—are some of the most popular produce grown. Various trellising, staking, and caging techniques can be used to enhance yield, minimize disease, and improve harvesting. Find out which techniques will work in […]

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Making and Using Compost in the Garden

Making your own compost is an easy, practical, and satisfying way to make use of yard waste and table scraps. With this publication, designed for the home gardener, you’ll be composting like a pro in no time!

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