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Now is a Great Time to Fertilize Your Lawn and Control Weeds

Prepare now for a Labor Day fertilizer application to the lawn. If you do three applications of fertilizer per year, they should be on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.  Fall is the best time to apply herbicides for weed control and September is the only time of year when weed and feed products […]

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Magnolia Scale on Magnolias Becoming a Common Problem

Magnolia scale is becoming a common problem on magnolia trees in Wisconsin.  Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) and saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana) are very susceptible to this insect. Magnolia scale is a soft insect. It sucks plant sap, and excretes large amounts of drippy, sticky honeydew.  This honeydew provides an excellent growth medium for sooty mold fungi giving […]

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Register Now for UW-Extension Master Gardener Training in Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties

Registration for UW-Extension Master Gardener Level One Training is now taking place for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Waukesha County and Milwaukee County UW-Extension staff team up to provide education, training, and volunteer opportunities for those who want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. For more information, visit the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners website at http://fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg . […]

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Water Your Trees

Due to the dry conditions we have been experiencing, it is important to water your trees.   It is recommended that trees receive 1 inch of water per week. For recently planted trees and shrubs (planted this year or last year), watering is critical.  Since these plants do not have an established root system or adequate water […]