‘Green Penguin’ Scotch Pine

We started carrying a new form of pine last year by the name of Pinus sylvestris ‘Green Penguin’. It’s very dwarf with a dense and upright habit. Growing just 3-5″ per year it is suitable for using as an upright accent in smaller gardens or foundation plantings. Like most pines it is fairly deer and…

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What is this white powdery stuff on my plants? Powdery mildew!

What is powdery mildew? This spring and early summer we encountered unseasonably cold and wet weather conditions which created a perfect environment for fungal diseases. Powdery mildew is one of the most common fungi that can affect just about any plant. It is easily recognized by its powder-like appearance on the leaves and stems of…

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What’s Ailing Your Evergreen? Winter Burn

As I drive around Sheboygan, I am seeing parts of evergreens that are every shade but green. This is a common problem for evergreens in our area during most winters. This condition is best known as winter burn and is most extreme this year. The discoloration, ranging in color from yellow to brown, becomes obvious…

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Cedar Apple Galls (The orange hairy monster)

A  woman recently brought in branch from a Red Cedar with galls resulting from Cedar-apple rust.  It was good that she noticed it now because the galls were newly formed this season thus there is time to do something about it.  The ‘galls’ are swollen kidney shaped brown swellings about 3/8 to over 1 3/16…

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Winter Reflection

Was your garden everything you hoped it would be this past year? Did each season have color and interest? Was there a focal point, great combinations and a variety of texture? Did each area of the garden function as anticipated (cutting garden, screen, retreat)? Did some perennials perform better than expected, others not as well? Is there…

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