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Daffodils

Planting Daffodils

Question: I planted daffodils at least twelve years ago. They bloomed beautifully for two years. Since then, nothing but greens. To my amazement, they have bloomed this spring! Why is that? L.P.

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May/June Home Lite

Here is the May/June 2016 Home Lite, including: calendars for May and June; club minutes; information about the Paul Muhlenbeck Scholarship and Kenosha County Dairy Promotion Scholarship Application; 4-H Day Camp Registration; Youth Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Registration; Babysitter Training Registration; and more!

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Lawn Dethatching & Fertilization

Question: Do you believe spring power raking/thatching is good for the lawn. I had it done last year in the spring and had problems with weeds afterwards. What about fertilizers? Are some brands better than others? C.M.

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Planting bare root trees and shrubs

Question: I ordered some trees and shrubs through the tree program run by the Planning & Development division of the county, and I believe they will be bare root stock. Can you offer any tips on how to plant bare root trees and shrubs? N. W.

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Adding Wood Ash to Gardens

Question: Hello, I have a question for you. I have a good amount of ash from a wood burner fireplace; would wood ash be good for my garden? I have a small section that is to be tilled up this spring and was thinking of putting some on top before I do so. Thanks. J.T.

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April Home Lite

Here is the 2016 April Home Lite. Some things of interest are: Calendars for April and May; Club minutes; Pinewood Derby winners; and more.

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Phenology

Question: At a recent program on emerald ash borer, the speaker made the claim that adult emerald ash borers emerge when the black locust trees bloom. I found this quite interesting and was wondering if there are other unique occurrences similar to this. K.K.

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Milkweed seed stratification and vernalization

Question: I ordered milkweed seeds to plant in my yard from a monarch protection group. The directions say the seeds need cold stratification. I looked online and a couple of monarch websites mentioned stratification/vernalization for milkweed seed. Would you explain what these words mean and what I should do to get my seeds to grow? N.M.

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Pruning fruit trees

Question: Last year I bought a home with several apple and pear trees which have been neglected for years. I have no experience with pruning fruit trees but I know these badly need renovation. I would like to learn how to take care of them. Any suggestions you can provide would be greatly appreciated. S.R.

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