Espalier

Are you interested in getting higher yields of fruit, want a fruit tree but don’t have space for a regular-sized one, or just want an interesting pruned plant as a focal point in your garden? There is a horticultural technique involving pruning and training that can accomplish all of these goals. Read this article to learn more about the classic technique of espalier…

Rootstocks for Fruit Trees in Wisconsin

Author(s): Teryl R. Roper To grow fruit that is true to type, fruit trees are propagated by budding or grafting sections of known cultivars (scions) onto special rootstocks. This creates fruit trees composed of two parts: a scion (cultivar) and a rootstock. Many nurseries now offer trees with a choice of several rootstocks. In this […]

Plant Growth Regulator Use in Apples

Author(s): Teryl R. Roper Plant growth regulators (PGRs) can be used with some precision for thinning fruit, regulating growth and adjusting harvest periods for apples. These products are absorbed by plant cells, primarily through the leaves and fruit, where they interact with the bio-chemical “machinery” of the plant. They work by mimicking naturally occurring plant […]

Controlling Deer Damage in Wisconsin

Scott Craven, Scott Hygnstrom, Philip Peterson Revised:  1/24/2001 Item number:  G3083 Illustrates numerous methods for protecting crops and other property from deer. Offers designs for deer fences and other constructions, along with a list of repellents and scare devices (8 pages). Download Article

Bird’s Nest Fungi

Amy Gibbs* and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  5/31/2005 Item number:  XHT1105 What are bird’s nest fungi?  Bird’s nest fungi are a group of organisms named for their resemblance to miniature bird’s nests.  These fungi can be found all over the world, growing and reproducing on decomposing organic matter.  In temperate regions, bird’s nest […]

Dead Man’s Fingers

Ann Joy and Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  XHT1201 What is dead man’s fingers?  Dead man’s fingers is the name of a mushroom-like fungal growth that can be found at the base of dead or dying trees and shrubs, as well as wood objects (e.g., wood barrels) that are in contact […]

The Basics of Micro Irrigation

Micro irrigation has numerous advantages over sprinkler irrigation and can be used in greenhouses, orchards, vineyards, fields, lawns, and gardens. Learn about the components that comprise a micro irrigation system along with the benefits (reduced water usage, reduced potential for foliar diseases, reduced energy costs, etc.) and drawbacks these lower pressure systems provide.

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