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WI Bee Identification Guide

Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Leeafcutter Bees, Small Carpenter Bees, Sweat Bees and the list goes on… download this pdf to see pictures and descriptions – WI BEE IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

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Spring Brings Tent Caterpillars

By Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Educator, UW-Extension At this time of year, we often see large webs forming in trees, and close inspection will reveal that these webbed “tents” are filled with small caterpillars.  The tents, and the caterpillars inside, will get bigger as spring progresses.  These are “Eastern Tent Caterpillars”, which are native to Wisconsin.  […]

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After the Snowstorm . . . .

Diana Alfuth, UWEX  Horticulture Educator Each winter brings challenges for our outdoor landscapes, and when spring comes, we find “winter injury” on lawns and other plants.  Some of these problems can be avoided with proper winter maintenance. Be careful when shoveling, plowing or blowing snow so that it doesn’t land on tree or shrub branches […]

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De-Icing Salts and Landscapes Don’t Mix

By Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Educator UW-Extension With winter cold comes icy and slippery walkways and driveways. While we need to clear surfaces of ice for safety’s sake, we also need to be aware of the negative impacts deicing materials can have. The most common de-icing product is sodium chloride—ordinary table salt or rock salt. Salt […]

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Care for your Houseplants this Winter

Lush, green houseplants can help brighten our spirits on cold, winter days.  Besides adding beauty and being an integral part of interior decoration, houseplants help satisfy the gardening urge for people who can‘t have outdoor gardens or who can’t wait for the start of next year’s outdoor growing season.  And, research shows that plants help […]

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Mushrooms, the fruiting structures of fungi…

With all the rain we’ve been having, fungi in our area are VERY happy.  This shows up not only as spots and brown areas on foliage, but as mushrooms!  Mushrooms, the fruiting structures of fungi, are popping up in large numbers in lawns and mulch.  Also appearing are mushrooms of decay fungi in trees, including […]

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Goldenrod Soldier Beetle

Many people have noticed a golden-orange beetle on their flowers.  The Goldenrod Soldier Beetle is about 5/8-inch long, golden orange, with two prominent brown-black spots on thewings.  The adult goldenrod soldier beetle is very often seen on goldenrod flowers – hence the common name – but they will also visit many other flowers, especially yellow […]

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Wild Parsnip

Wild parsnip has started to bloom in western Wisconsin.  This invasive biennial weed has yellow-green flat-topped “umbel” shaped flowers (that look similar to dill or Queen Anne’s Lace).  If you come in contact with the oils from the plant—either by touching the plant or even by touching something else, such as clothing, that touched the […]

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