Pests/Weeds/Invasives

Starry Stonewort

July 17, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

        Starry stonewort.  Such a cool name, isn’t it?  It looks kind of nifty too.   I wish there were good things to say about it, but unfortunately starry stonewort is an aquatic invasive species, so here comes the bad news . . .         Starry stonewort is actually an algae, but it doesn’t look like […]

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Invasive Plant Spurs Flower Bed Renovation

May 21, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

It was my own fault.  In my defense, I didn’t know any better at the time.  Here’s what happened that led to having to spend an entire afternoon digging every single plant out of one of my mother’s flower beds.       Twenty-six years ago, my husband and I purchased a home that had many beautiful […]

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Protect Oak Trees from Oak Wilt

April 2, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

        Before European settlement, most of Winnebago County was an oak savanna.  Oak trees were the main component of the plant community, but their density was low enough that grasses and other vegetation could thrive.  For a variety of reasons, today the oak savanna is one of the rarest plant communities on earth.         While […]

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A Trio of Alien Invaders

March 9, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

Sometimes landscape plants in our own yards are invasive and we may not even be aware of it.  These plants may be the cause of environmental disruption in natural areas nearby or even miles away.  Here are three common alien invader landscape plants that are classified RESTRICTED by the Wisconsin DNR.  You are not required […]

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Deterring Deer

December 4, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

As we build homes further out into what was once countryside, we encroach on the homes of many species of wildlife, including deer.  With fewer undeveloped acres available to provide natural food, deer are forced to look at our residential landscapes for sustenance.  Many of our home landscapes and gardens are virtual deer buffets.       […]

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Where to Start With Controlling Invasive Plants

November 20, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

We all want to do what’s best for our environment in order to support a healthy ecosystem so that the animals we love to hunt and fish will thrive.  Controlling invasive plants is an important part of that.  An invasive plant is one that causes economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.  They […]

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New Buckthorn Control Method

November 6, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Buckthorn is a nasty plant that is taking over woodlands, wetlands, prairies and other natural habitats.  You may have some growing in your own yard and not know it.        Buckthorn was introduced to the United States in the 1800s as a tough, hardy landscape shrub.  That toughness resulted in it becoming aggressively invasive to […]

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Invasive Jumping Worms

July 7, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

I can’t tell you how much it creeps me out to write about worms.  I’ve always been a little afraid of them and have avoided touching them at all costs.  But I felt I had to write it.  Didn’t want to, felt I owed it to you.  So here goes.  Eeewww! Most people know that […]

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Control Invasive Plants in May

May 15, 2016 lawanda Newspaper Columns

June is Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Awareness Month, but May is a better time to control the invasive plants growing on your property.  Plants are smaller and easier to remove and mosquitoes and deerflies haven’t yet arrived to make the work miserable. It is likely that you have invasive plants in your landscape.  Buckthorn is a […]

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Invasive Water Hyacinth

March 7, 2016 lawanda Magazine Columns

Well, this one snuck up on us!  Invasive water hyacinth has been a huge problem in the lakes, rivers and streams of Africa, South America and the southeastern United States for many years.  We thought we were protected from it up here in Wisconsin above the 40th parallel, the supposed northernmost reach of the plant.  […]

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