Cover crops are plants grown to improve soil structure and fertility, reduce weeds, and provide habitat for beneficial insects. Learn about growing cover crops in your garden in this factsheet.
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!
Woodpeckers are attractive visitors to bird feeders and an integral part of the ecosystem, but can sometimes cause damage. Learn about the habits and management of these interesting birds.
This publication describes the lives, habits, and habitat of the eastern cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare, both natives of Wisconsin. Plant damage and management are described.
This publication describes plant damage caused by deer, and illustrates numerous methods for protecting plants from deer.
Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake In this, the third publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the curious habits and underground way of life of Wisconsin’s two kinds of moles. They discuss how to limit the damage these velvety animals may cause, either by cutting off their food supply (which […]
Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake In this, the fifth publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of the raccoon, that clever creature whose versatility and energy can make him both entertaining and troublesome. The authors describe the economic and ecological benefits provided by raccoons. They […]
Author(s): Jacob Behrens, Courtney Losser, David Drake, Jason Suckow, Brad Koele In the ninth publication in the Living with Wildlife in Wisconsin series, the authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of skunks. They suggest nonlethal ways of mitigating the damage that skunks may cause, including prevention, exclusion, live trapping, and harassment. Lethal management techniques […]
Author(s): David Drake, Carolin Tappe, Ryan Klausch, Jason Suckow In the 11th publication of the Living with Wildlife series, authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of chipmunks and ground squirrels as well as nonlethal and lethal ways of mitigating the damage they cause (4 pages; 2013). Download Article
Learn how to make the most of your garden. Features tips for setting up and planting raised beds, including wheelchair access.
Before siting and starting a community garden, learn about types and sources of potential contaminants, the basics of soil testing, and how to limit exposure to contaminants in this publication.
Phil Pellitteri, UW Insect Diagnostic Lab Revised: 5/25/2010 Item number: XHT1040 Slugs are legless, soft-bodied creatures that resemble snails without a shell. Slugs feed on a wide range of plants including ornamentals, vegetables and fruits. A number of species of slugs are found in Wisconsin, but gray and spotted garden slugs are the most common, […]