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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.
BY JEREMY REEVES
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.
SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.
Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).
Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.
SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.
SALEM — Parisa Watson was appointed to the Salem Board of Education for a second time Wednesday.
A motorcyclist suffered severe foot and leg injuries in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of 75th Street and 60th Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
After a relatively cool start to July, typically the hottest month of the year, the weather is heating up toward the end of the week, with temperatures forecast to be in the high 80s today and reaching 90 by Friday.
Shortly after two young men were rescued after diving off North Pier on Simmons Island, a fire department official reacted with frustration.
SOMERS — The village of Somers is putting plans for its first industrial park on the fast track.
SOMERS — The Village Board set its annual stipend Tuesday, though one board member said the salaries are too high.
Although it won’t be finalized until October, the Kenosha Unified School Board has approved a preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year that maintains programs while cutting administrative costs.
Multiple agencies were involved in apprehending a Kenosha man who fled during an arrest about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Citgo, 5922 Sheridan Road.
With a few steps on Simmons Island beach, people can find themselves whisked away to 200 years in the past — where mountain men slept in tepees and pirates attacked traders for their goods — this weekend at the Pike River Rendezvous.
Here’s a capsule look at the Taste of Wisconsin, which begins Friday:
Kenosha Police Department obtained video surveillance of a man stealing six porterhouse steaks at Pick ‘n Save, 1901 63rd St., on July 22.
Authorities are seeking help in an investigation surrounding a fraudulent withdrawal from a local bank.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A six-week educational series for caregivers is upcoming at Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd.
SOMERS — Village President George Stoner cut off comments by a Somers resident Tuesday night when it appeared he was about to criticize Stoner.
The Kenosha Unified School District will move forward with a new approach to training staff to handle school intruders.
The Kenosha Dream Playground Project is seeking at least 150 volunteers to help with the first phase of construction of the fully accessible playground in Petzke Park, 1700 29th St.
KENOSHA — The Pike River Rendezvous will be Saturday and Sunday on Simmons Island.
When comedian and writer Jeff Cesario came back to his hometown of Kenosha this week he was reminded how much the city has changed since his days growing up on the north side.
Authorities have released the names of the men killed in a plane crash discovered Sunday in Bristol.
SOMERS — The village is planning to form a Park Committee to manage the new municipality’s park system, which was previously handled by the town Park Committee.
Kenosha will take part in the 31st annual National Night Out Against Crime Aug. 4 in an effort to build better relationships between young people and local law enforcement.
People breaking into parked cars to save kids, pets and others from injury or death due to overheated interiors on hot days would not be held liable under a bill being circulated by state Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha.
PADDOCK LAKE — The Central High School Community Band will present a summer concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday.