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Magnolia scale infests tree

Question: I think the large mature magnolia in my yard has magnolia scale. The leaves are sticky and some leaves are covered with a black powder. When I look closely, some of the branches have little bumps. My magnolia is taller than my house and beautiful. I don?t want to lose it. What can I do? — D.W. and J.S.

Answer: Magnolia scale is becoming common on magnolias. Star magnolia and saucer magnolia are very susceptible to this insect.

Magnolia scales are insects that suck plant sap and excrete large amounts of sticky honeydew. High sugar content in honeydew provides an excellent food source for sooty mold fungi. If sooty mold is growing on the honeydew from scales, the magnolia leaves and branches may look black and sooty. In addition, honeydew and sooty mold can stain lawn furniture and other items near an infested tree. Magnolia scale can slow growth and weaken the tree. Heavy infestations will cause branch dieback and may, eventually, kill the magnolia.


Magnolia scale infests tree

Question: I think the large mature magnolia in my yard has magnolia scale. The leaves are sticky and some leaves are covered with a black powder. When I look closely, some of the branches have little bumps. My magnolia is taller than my house and beautiful. I don?t want to lose it. What can I do? — D.W. and J.S.

Answer: Magnolia scale is becoming common on magnolias. Star magnolia and saucer magnolia are very susceptible to this insect.

Keep your garden looking great

The heat is on! Time to watch the garden carefully, so here are some tips to keep it looking great into the late summer.

— Watch for fireblight. Members of the rose family may be susceptible to a bacterial disease called fireblight. It gets its name because plant tips blacken and curl as if burned. If you spot it on serviceberry, pear, apple or cherry, prune out the diseased tips down to healthy wood. Sterilize pruners with alcohol between each cut.

Garden renegades: 3 fresh ideas for front yards

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For decades, the perfectly mowed lawn has endured as an American pursuit. But today, a growing number of homeowners are rethinking this default landscape feature in the neighborhoods of America’s heartland as they downsize or replace these grassy spaces with other more productive and often less time- and chemical-consuming alternatives.

A Pittsburgh couple chose to exchange their shaded, failing grass for a thriving, no-mow moss lawn. A long-time Cincinnatian installed dozens of towering teepees to support his favorite flowering vines. And a Columbus, Ohio, philosophy professor ripped out her front lawn — the only sunny spot on her property — to install multiple raised-bed vegetable gardens.

Home grown? Organic? Understanding the lingo of ‘local’ food

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Local food. What does this mean? Exactly what is organic food? I’ve been seeing quite a few advertisements and signs around lately that advertise all manner of vegetables with some very interesting descriptions.

We all seem to be totally focused on the idea of healthy, locally grown food, which is a fantastic development. However, it is important to understand exactly what we are getting.

Planting a barrier for geese

Question: My yard backs onto a pond, and the geese have taken over my backyard, making it a ?goose poop minefield.? I have spent too much time shooing them out of my yard and must plant some sort of discouraging barrier between my property and the pond. Due to the subdivision covenants, fencing is not an option.

I am thinking that the plantings should include perennials that grow in thick clumps or clusters to provide a barrier and deciduous trees that also grow in clumps so the view is not completely blocked. I think some of these would meet my needs and be partially drought tolerant: May night salvia, coneflowers, Stella D?Oro lilies and hydrangeas for flowers; spirea for shrubs, and serviceberry trees.

Beyond air conditioning: Savvy ways to keep your home cool

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As summer temperatures — and utility bills — rise, there are some easy ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning.

A little savvy about when to open windows and when to keep them closed with curtains drawn goes a long way toward cooling a home, as does putting thought into what cooling appliances to use and when, the experts say.


Love My Ride

Parts & projects

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About seven years ago, Kenosha resident Steve Schneider held a family vote to determine whether he should keep or sell his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which he had owned for more than 30 years.

Deere Hunter

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Ever since his childhood, John Serzynski has been a big fan of John Deere tractors and riding mowers.

“My stepfather (George Paulausky) owned a landscaping business, and I used to play out in the sandbox all the time, all day long, with my cousin,” said Serzynski, a Waukegan, Ill., native who moved to Kenosha County in the late 1990s.

‘Kenosha Cadillac’

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A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.

Wheeling through Wisconsin

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Mercedes-Benz makes driving painless

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If there’s anyone who appreciates having a luxurious car like a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz S420 more than David Gregorski, good luck finding him.

Gregorski, 56, was a local barber for 28 years who was forced to retire about a decade ago because of back problems. He’s since had eight back surgeries.

Masi the Matador

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Jim Masi, his older brother Jeff Masi, Dennis Curnes and Butch Funk were all Kenosha teenagers in the early 1960s. And their passion was cars.

Taking flight: ‘As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating’

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Whenever John Munson gets behind the controls and lifts off in his 2006 AMD Zodiac CH601XL factory-built, special light-sport aircraft, he experiences emotions unlike any other.

“As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating,” said Munson, 66, a Kenosha resident. “You’re airborne, and it’s a whole different feeling. It’s the most enjoyable recreational activity I’ve had. I like it a lot.

British imports become part of family

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KENOSHA — What started as a gift for his wife, Mary, more than 30 years ago has evolved into a type of extended relative for Kenosha resident Jim Hawkins.

Skully’s ‘Last Ride’

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Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.

Firebird fulfills promise

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SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.

A lifetime of Nashes

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.

Proud Centurion

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Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).

Jeff and Mary Albrecht’s 1991 Four Winns 325 Cabin Cruiser

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Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.

‘Regular guy’ drives a Mercedes

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.

This ’72 Chevrolet Monte Carlo even better than first one

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SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.

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