Rhizosphaera needlecast on spruce trees

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: Several of the spruce trees in my yard seem to be dying. The inner needles on the lower branches turned brown, and many have dropped from the trees. The trees are growing in a row, and it appears that the problem is spreading from […]

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Master Gardener Project wins national award

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Interim Horticulture Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. The Kenosha County Center All-America Selections (AAS) Display & Demonstration Garden in Bristol was awarded third place in the 2017 AAS Landscape Design Contest!  This garden is an approved project of the UW-Extension Master Gardener Program. This landscape design contest […]

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fall leaves

Fall for a beautiful landscape with these garden tasks

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Interim Horticulture Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. With the record-setting heat our area has experienced lately, it is hard to believe the growing season is coming to a close. Some garden tasks that are best done in fall can be done at this time. “Dig. Drop. Done.” […]

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Tubakia leaf spot

Tubakia leaf spot considered a cosmetic disease

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Interim Horticulture Educator, Kenosha  and Racine counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Question: I’ve noticed brown spots have developed on some of my oak tree leaves. The leaves didn’t have these spots earlier in the season. Is an insect or a disease causing this? What could this be? — N.C. Answer: […]

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Sustainable Garden Tips

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, Horticulture Educator, Kenosha and Racine Counties Originally published in the Kenosha News. Question:   I’m trying to be sustainable with my yard and allow non-grass plants to grow among the grass in my lawn.  Should I be eliminating the non-natives plants to reduce the risk of competing with the native types? Any tips on […]

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It’s safest to discard produce from flooded garden

Article by Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen, UW-Extension Interim Horticulture Educator for Kenosha and Racine Counties.Submit plant care questions to the Master Gardeners Plant Health Advisors. Phone: 262-857-1942 or email:  master.gardeners@kenoshacounty.org Question:  What should I do with the produce in my garden now that the flood waters have subsided?  Is it still edible?   R. H. Consuming garden produce […]

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Cover Crops

Kenosha News – August 4, 2016 Barb Larson, Horticulture Educator Question: My vegetable garden is quite a few years old. There were several problems in the garden early on so I harvested as much as I could. Instead of planting again, I’d like to try a cover crop. I’ve heard cover crops are a good […]

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Lawn Drought

Kenosha News – July 21, 2016 Barb Larson, Horticulture Educator Question: A nice lawn is important to me. I don’t mind letting it turn brown but the grass is almost crispy and I don’t want it to die. Is there anything I should do to keep the lawn alive if it doesn’t rain? J.S. Answer: […]

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Ants in Tree / Trunk Damage

Kenosha News – July 7, 2016 Barb Larson, Horticulture Educator Question: My problem is with ants in a maple tree in my yard. The trunk has a split and a “hole” and ants, I think carpenter ants, big black ones, are all over the tree. My wife is certain the ants will kill the tree and it […]

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hydrangea

Mulching shrubs

Question: I read your June 2nd article about weed barriers in your vegetable garden. Can I do the same thing in an area that I have hydrangeas growing? Would I use the newspaper layer and the same options for on top of the newspaper? I love my hydrangeas but am constantly weeding around them all summer long, even though I hand pull I get new weeds all the time!

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