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Ask a Master Gardener-Groundcovers

The most common groundcover is the grass in our lawns. While turf grass has its place in the landscape there are numerous groundcover options available for those places grass may not grow like under a shade tree, or where mowing is difficult such as a steep slope.

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Ask A Master Gardener-Making A Rock Garden

Sometimes gardeners are faced with less than ideal conditions and cannot plant a traditional garden. When the best crop in a location is rocks, the area is on a sunny slant which does not hold turf well, and the soil is just plain poor, perhaps a rock garden is the best solution.

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Fruits of the Bush

Fruits grown in the home landscape always seem to taste better than anything purchased. Even better is something grown in natural surroundings. Elderberry is native to Wisconsin, although few people have been introduced to their fragrant, edible flowers and delicious berries. Elderberry (Sambucus) is native to Central Europe and North America. It grows freely along […]

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Fall Planning for Spring Growth

Now that fall has arrived, it is time for all gardeners to kick back, relax and enjoy a well-earned rest; correct? Maybe not just yet.  Fall is the best time to evaluate what was the good, bad, and ugly about the current landscape and plan for the spring.  It is an ideal time to plan […]

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Hummingbirds in the Garden

Hummingbirds are a treat to have in the garden. They play an important role as pollinators and are entertaining to watch.  They can be quite feisty when protecting their territory, are very acrobatic as they hover and dart up and down and even backwards, and can be very vocal with their squeaky chirps and twitters. […]

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Nasturtium

Nasturtiums are an old-fashioned, colorful, fragrant annual and culinary herb. They have appeared in paintings by Monet and Henri Matisse, have been used for medicinal purposes to treat wounds and prevent infections, and were used as a pepper substitute during World War II.  The flowers attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  Deer typically do not like […]

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