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Marcescent Leaves

Marcescent Leaves

It’s that time of year when the leaves are changing color and dropping onto our lawns. Even though it may seem like all the trees are losing their leaves, there are a few deciduous trees that hold onto their dried leaves throughout the winter. Marcescent (mahr-CESS-ent) is the term used to describe this type of […]

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Dog vomit slime mold

Molds, Fungus, and Other Fun Things

Master Gardeners are frequently asked to identify plants, insects, diseases, and trees. Less frequently they are asked to identify seemingly foreign objects. One favorite question is when someone says that a foreign invader has entered their bark mulch. While nothing had been in this spot the day before, it now appeared as if a dog […]

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2014 September Dodge County Master Gardener Volunteer Meeting Recap

2014 September DCMGV Meeting Recap 9/25/14 The September Master Gardener meeting featured Patrick Ready who spoke about “Attracting Eastern Bluebirds.” Patrick Ready has been a bluebird trail monitor in Dane County for the past 14 years.  He manages five trails with the help of four other monitors.  For the past six years, Pat has been […]

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Creeping Bellflower

So Pretty, but So Invasive

So Pretty, but So Invasive The Dodge County Master Gardener Master Association opened the Master Gardener Help Line Thursday afternoons from June 5th-September 4th, 2014.  Nearly 40 inquiries were answered this season including those about diseased plants, general gardening, plant identification and insects with shady reputations.  People brought samples directly to the Administration Building, called […]

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