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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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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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Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildews are a common, widespread, and an easily recognizable disease that can infect a variety of trees (except conifers), shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, houseplants and green house plants, when conditions are right.

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Mulch – The Gardener’s Friend

Mulch is one of the most important tools in a gardener’s arsenal. In fact, it can make many of the other tools unnecessary over the course of the growing season. Mulch reduces water evaporation from the soil. (Less use of the hose and sprinkler.) It also prevents germination of weed seeds and suppresses existing weeds. […]

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