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All The Wonderful Colors of an Autumn Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | September 12th, 2019 As summer wanes and autumn approaches, birds congregate in the trees and on overhead wires. The air is sweetly scented with ripening fruit. The light changes, becoming more golden. Everything seems ready to burst. Not in the...

We’ve Got Your Fall Gardening Checklist Right Here!

By: Lisa Briggs | September 11th, 2019 For many gardeners, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the beginning of the autumn lawn care season. Cooler temperatures and more regular rainfall make this an excellent time to start a new lawn or repair an existing one. The...

Fall Gardening Has Arrived! Here’s What You Need To Know…

By: Lisa Briggs | August 29th, 2019 What a difference a year makes! Under 3-inches of rain. No floods. Just 2 days with temps warmer than 85 degrees. August 2019 was a much quieter month weather-wise than August of 2018. And since the Autumnal Equinox is 25 days away,...

Confused When It Comes to Planting Fall Bulbs? Let Us Help!

By: Lisa Briggs | August 28th, 2019 Are you confused when it comes to fall-planted bulbs? Lots of gardeners are. What, exactly, is a bulb? How, and when should bulbs be planted? These are questions that frequently heard at the Plant Desk. Adding spring-flowering bulbs...

Gardening Tips As Summer Draws To An End

By: Lisa Briggs | August 15th, 2019 Seesawing temperatures are the usual clue that we’re nearing the end of summer. But long-range weather forecasters predict that temperatures will hover in the very pleasant upper 70s and low 80s for the next 30 days, giving us lots...

The Hydrangea ABC’s

By: Lisa Briggs | August 14th, 2019 As the days shorten, it’s time to look at what late summer has to offer our gardens. And our number, go-to shrub for a fabulous display is that summertime staple, the hydrangea. Luckily, there is a variety for every garden, whether...

Late Summer Gardening Tips You Need to Know

By: Lisa Briggs | August 1st, 2019 The Dog Days began later than usual and don’t end until August 20th, so there’s still plenty of summer weather to come. Cicadas and crickets have been singing us to sleep, but nights, though still warm, are noticeably longer. And...

The Perfect Prairie Plants for Your Yard & Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | July 31st, 2019 The hot, dry weather that is typical of late July and early August can be hard on your garden plants. Many look a little bedraggled, and your borders might seem a bit boring after the stunning color of May and June. But it doesn’t...

‘A Midsummer Night’s’ Gardening Tips (7/18/19)

By: Lisa Briggs | July 18th, 2019 No one wants to be the first to say it, but here we go. The Solstice was four weeks ago and even though the heat of the dog days is in full effect, summer is on the wane. Of course, there are still plenty of things to do in the...

Summer Vegetable Gardening – What You’ll Need to Know

By: Lisa Briggs | July 17th, 2019 The popularity of vegetable gardening shows no signs of plateauing, making your goal of eating in a more seasonal and local way easier than ever. Growers are introducing lots of new, and old, varieties. Designers are reworking...
Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

Much Needed Early-July Summer Gardening Tips!

The brightest of the stars in the Big Dog constellation is Sirius, the Dog Star. In the mid-summer, it can be seen rising and setting with the sun. This conjunction caused the ancients to believe that Sirius’ heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.

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Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

Attracting Birds with Flowers in Your Garden!

When you’re at the Garden Center choosing summer-flowering perennials and annuals for your yard, there are probably many factors that affect your decision. The size of the plants at maturity. The color and time of bloom. Perhaps whether or not the plants will re-flower. These are all qualities that we take into consideration. But let’s throw one more factor into the mix. Do the flowers that you plant attract birds?

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Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

Native Prairie Plants Getting Set to Flower Soon

Many of the native prairie plants will be starting to flower soon. Besides being drought tolerant, they attract birds and butterflies. To get a feel for the natural beauty and diversity of prairie flowers and grasses visit one of the local prairies in the Arboretum or Schumacher Prairie just east of Waunakee.

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Mid-June Gardening Tips!

Mid-June Gardening Tips!

Mid-summer is an especially nice time to start a garden journal. Our to-do lists have shortened and everything is just so beautiful. It’s helpful to make notes of particular diseases or pests that may haunt your yard year after year.

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Early June Gardening Tips (6/6/19)

Early June Gardening Tips (6/6/19)

Although June usually ushers in the gentler garden, the kaleidoscopic colors of May might linger with us a bit longer. The Extension agents in Madison reported that we are more than 100 Growing Degree Days below average. Lots of plants are behind, so try to be a little patient when evaluating viability.

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Attracting Bright & Beautiful Pollinators this Spring

Attracting Bright & Beautiful Pollinators this Spring

Brightly colored butterflies are a welcome visitor to any garden. We value them for their usefulness as pollinators, as well as for their beauty. Attracting them involves planting shrubs and perennials that serve the needs of all life stages of the butterfly, providing places to lay eggs, food plants for the caterpillars and the adults, and spots to form chrysalides.

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A Garden By Any Other Name Is Still A Garden

A Garden By Any Other Name Is Still A Garden

The beauty of any garden isn’t in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the eye of the garden’s creator. As I stroll through my neighborhood or drive from one place to another, I am often amazed by what constitutes a garden. And I don’t mean this in a manner that is judging good ideas from bad ones, but from the point of view that any place that a gardener has arranged began with a kernel of an idea and a desire to share it with passers-by.

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Early Summer Gardening Tips – 5/23/19

Early Summer Gardening Tips – 5/23/19

Late May is usually a gardener’s favorite time of year! Every yard looks a bit like Munchkinland in technicolor. This spring’s weather has certainly delayed almost everything. So we find ourselves looking forward to a stellar June.

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Effective Grub Control Options

Effective Grub Control Options

Not much has changed for treatment of adult beetles, but there are a couple of really good options for controlling the grub stage. And since a Japanese Beetle spends about 85% of its life underground as a grub, exercising control over them while they’re in your lawn is the most effective method.

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The Perfumed Garden

The Perfumed Garden

The sense of smell is amazingly underrated. An aroma can bring pleasure or alert you to danger. You can sniff out the truth. My absolute favorite is that scent created by a summer rainstorm drenching the pavement and soil on a warm day. There’s even a word for it – petrichor.

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