“Ice cream” gardens display whimsy, bring visitors to social

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen   BRISTOL — On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the All-America Select display gardens at the Kenosha County Center held the nectar for bees and butterflies alike. But they also had the added lure of ice cream, lemonade and candy for visitors who dropped in to […]


Rust diseases require two hosts to complete life cycle

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: What is the difference between cedar-apple rust and cedar-hawthorn rust? I am familiar with cedar apple rust but was told by a landscaper my serviceberry tree may be affected by cedar-hawthorn rust. How can these diseases be managed? — J.S. Answer: In addition to […]


Urban Forestry Workshop: Tree Pruning

A one day workshop for professionals involved in community tree care will be held on November 2, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol.  UWEX and the WI DNR have teamed up to host this educational opportunity that will be taught by tree professionals from Wachtel Tree Service, Inc. […]


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 […]


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: […]


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 […]


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!

Bee and flowers

Managing pests

Question: How can I manage unwanted bugs in my garden without harming beneficial pollinators? – M. K.


Keeping weeds under control

Question: I’m a relatively new vegetable gardener. Last summer the weeds were so bad I thought about giving up. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep down the weeds in my garden? B.F.