Question: I recently purchased property with a number of large oak trees. When we were cleaning out all the buckthorn and other invasive plants last fall, a friend told me I should have the oaks pruned over winter. I don?t think these trees have been pruned for years. Should oaks be pruned? Is this a good time to prune oak trees? — D.D.
Answer: Oak and other large older trees should be pruned every few years. Pruning is important to remove dead wood and maintain good tree structure.
This is a good time to take a look at your houseplants to check for pests. We’ve been heating for quite a while now, and dry hot air provides the best conditions for pest popuIations to explode.
Insect pests will not get out of hand if your plants are in good health and get the care they need. But all it takes for a spider mite population to get out of control is to let the humidity levels drop briefly. All it takes to get a fungus gnat explosion is to overwater a plant even a couple of times (to say nothing of the other types of problems this causes). If you familiarize yourself with the damage insects cause, though, you can use some of the simpler, less toxic methods for getting rid of them.
We confront it every day, morning and night, for one of our most basic needs — the search for food.
If your pantry is a mess, it can bookend your day in frustration.
It seems fairly fitting that we are getting a slight break in the weather just in time to think about seed starting and garden plans. So, let’s get started!
But make sure to put some thought into it before starting all your seeds at once. When planning seed starting, it really is critical to have a schedule. If you start things too early, you will end up with stretched, overgrown plants that will have a really hard time adjusting to being planted outdoors.
Question: This year I want to grow tomatoes from seed instead of buying whatever transplants I can find. Some of my gardening friends told me the best tasting tomatoes are heirloom varieties like Brandywine. What are heirlooms? How are they different from other tomatoes? Do heirlooms taste better? — B.N.
Answer: Heirloom or open-pollinated plants are varieties that have stable traits from one generation to the next. Open pollinated plants are chosen for one or two specific characteristics. Therefore, individual plants of heirloom varieties may differ greatly in size, shape and other traits.
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Ore., to Brooklyn, N.Y., and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in between.
While the rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky seats and vintage baskets, there are also those who see more than the sum of two wheels, a frame and a seat. Designers and artists are creating furnishings and art that give bicycles a whole new way to roll down Cool Street.
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.
Despite a request from 10 Wisconsin legislators, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he will not reconsider his decision to deny a Kenosha casino.
Jurors acquitted a former University of Wisconsin-Parkside basketball recruit of sexually assaulting a fellow student in September 2013.
Prosecutors had a rough day in Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder’s courtroom earlier this week, when the judge took them to task for a host of deficiencies — problems District Attorney Robert Zapf chalked up to a overly busy schedule and an understaffed office.
Two Nevada children believed to be kidnapped were found by Pleasant Prairie Police just after 1 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in the 7800 block of 88th Avenue, according to Pleasant Prairie Chief David Smetana.
“Horrifying” was how Patty described the assault.
A 48-year-old Bristol man had what authorities called a “medical event” when he lost consciousness in a running vehicle Wednesday morning at Woodman’s, 7145 120th Ave.
The day after Holocaust survivors gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Nesse Godin remembered her own liberation.
Meijer will open its Kenosha supercenter at 7701 Green Bay Road in June, the retailer announced Wednesday.
RANDALL — The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Randall Consolidated School, 37101 87th St., as part of its annual Music in Schools Tour.
A familiar face in the Kenosha Unified School District will have a new role as the liaison for Hispanic and Latino students, families and community liaison.
If the Public Service Commission selects the preferred route for a new 25-mile electricity transmission line, it will kill plans for an equestrian development on Highway 83 in Paddock Lake, the property owner said at a public hearing on the project Tuesday night.
Two much-anticipated proposals to restore Kenosha historic landmarks remain on hold as the respective developers await needed approvals for tax credits, city officials said Tuesday.
A group of Mahone Middle School students’ ambitious plan to provide weekend meals to students in need proved such a success the kids are creating a sequel.
A young woman was bruised and bloody after a sexual assault she says took place in her dorm room early in the 2013-14 school year at the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to give the University of Wisconsin System more freedom would allow it to impose unchecked tuition hikes and potentially price students out of college, one of the system’s toughest critics said Tuesday.
A city commission is recommending a $316,000 contract to replace the roof of Kenosha’s historic Southport Beach House, with some slate tiles to be replaced with asphalt shingles.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Villagers will be able to weigh in on a new proposal that would revamp one of Pleasant Prairie’s oldest parks.
MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker denied the Kenosha casino on Friday to protect state revenues — the same reason he gave Tuesday when he announced his plan to help build a new arena to keep the Milwaukee Bucks in town.
KENOSHA — The “Raise Me Up” telethon to benefit the Charlie V’s Foundation will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
When the Salem Town Hall surprisingly ran out of ballots during the busy November 2014 election, voting officials were forced to make hundreds of photocopies and tediously hand count the ballots after the polls closed.
LakeView Technology Academy has received the Wisconsin Technology Education Association’s High School Program of the Year Award,
A 12-year-old Wheatland girl is recovering after suffering serious injuries in a fatal car accident on Dec. 31 on Highway 50 and 392nd Avenue, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.