Pests/Weeds/Invasives

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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Three Japanese Invaders

November 17, 2015 lawanda Magazine Columns

Our country’s earliest invasive plants originated mostly in Europe as our ancestors brought them from their homelands to grow in the new world.  Today invaders come from the world over as they are imported intentionally as nursery stock to decorate our landscapes or inadvertently in soil along with those landscape plants. Three of today’s worst […]

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Wild Parsnip is Invasive and Dangerous

August 2, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

I try not to repeat topics here but one of the invasive plants I’ve mentioned before has become so prevalent and is so dangerous that it merits another go round. Wild parsnip is blooming now in mid-summer and you might mistake it for a dill plant. It has a wide umbrella of tiny yellow flowers […]

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Spotted Knapweed

March 9, 2015 lawanda Magazine Columns

If you’ve been aware of and familiar with invasive plants for any length of time, you’ve probably realized that the majority of invasive plants are very attractive, and that an inordinate number of them are purple. The same is true of this issue’s featured invasive, spotted knapweed. At first glance, knapweed looks remarkably like the bachelor’s button […]

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Mistletoe

December 21, 2014 lawanda Uncategorized

Here in Wisconsin, mistletoe comes to mind only at Christmas time, and then only to those hoping to kiss or be kissed beneath it.  Come January, nobody gives it another thought.  It’s not that way in some parts of the U.S., but we’ll get to that later. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes […]

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Can Our Ash Trees Be Saved?

November 14, 2014 lawanda Magazine Columns

Last summer I spent an hour a week walking around in circles on baseball diamonds, staring at the ground.  People probably thought I was a crazy person.  What I was really doing was biosurveillance.  No, I wasn’t wearing a hazmat suit or carrying high-tech spy equipment.  I needed only my eyes and a pencil and […]

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Creeping Bellflower

September 21, 2014 lawanda Newspaper Columns

When my husband and I moved to our home 23 years ago, I discovered a pretty purple flower in the flowerbed called creeping bellflower.  I thought it an odd name, since it didn’t appear to be a creeper:  the two-foot stems were upright and held cute purple bell-shaped flowers along their sides. Years went by […]

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