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December 29, 2017
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Chickens & Japanese Beetles

Chickens & Japanese Beetles Chickens & Japanese Beetles This is Effie. Effie is a chicken. She belongs to a boy named Ethan, whose mom works at Johnson’s Nursery, and they often shares Effie’s eggs with the staff. But besides laying delicious, organic, protein-rich eggs, Effie and her friends provide another […]
December 29, 2017
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Leaf Lore: Wild Bergamot

Leaf Lore: Yarrow Leaf Lore: Wild Bergamot June through August, Wild Bergamot (aka Wisconsin’s native bee balm) is covered with lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies and bees alike. One bee in particular, is very fond of this minty plant, Dufourea monardae. The Dufourea monardae prefers the nectar of our native […]
December 29, 2017
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Leaf Lore: Yarrow

Leaf Lore: Yarrow Leaf Lore: Yarrow The 1986 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac featured the article “How to Find the Perfect Mate”. They listed several superstitious acts to perform if you want your true love to appear, beginning the list with “Pluck a stalk of yarrow and stick it […]
December 29, 2017
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Plant Size & Investments

Plant Size & Investments Plant Size & Investments There is an old grower’s adage about plant size — “If it’s not growing, it’s dead”. Aware of this truism, Johnson’s Nursery provides a range of mature heights and spreads for shrubs, trees, and evergreens. A plant’s mature size and how well […]
December 29, 2017
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Spring Post-Mortem 2018

Spring Post-Mortem Spring Post-Mortem 2018 What a journey it has been to warm spring days. No “April showers bring May flowers” for us this year. Instead we experienced late April blizzards that brought cold and rain in May. So. Much. Rain. Then suddenly, the clouds cleared. Heat, humidity, and mosquitoes […]
December 29, 2017
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2018 Color of the Year

2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet 2018 Color of the Year – Ultra Violet The
October 26, 2017
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Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest Fall harvest at Johnson’s Nursery, and autumn in Wisconsin, is a special time. Roadsides are painted in orange, red, and yellow. The air smells crisp and it’s time to get out the sweaters. The cooler temperatures invite most people to slow down from our busy summer schedules in […]
October 16, 2017
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Seasonal Needle Drop

Seasonal Needle Drop The cooler temperatures of autumn are approaching and while humans are putting on extra layers of clothes, evergreens are shedding their old needles. This annual occurrence is called “Seasonal Needle Drop” and is completely normal. Think of it like people shedding their hairs. So don’t panic when […]
October 9, 2017
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Perennial Mums vs. Annual Mums

Perennial Mums vs. Hardy Mums When the morning temperatures turn chilly and the air smells of dried leaves, I get the overwhelming urge to buy chrysanthemums. The summer annuals on the porch are running out of steam and being threatened by the first frosts anyway. Luckily, garden centers, like Johnson’s […]
October 6, 2017

Fall Planting

Fall Planting Fall Planting In the fall, I am asked the same question over and over: Is it too late to plant? The answer? Not at all. But it is a good idea to get perennials and evergreens in the ground by mid-October. You want to give perennials enough time […]
October 2, 2017
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Native Pollinators

Native Pollinators Did you know the phrase “the bee’s knees” originally described something tiny and insignificant?  Since then it has evolved to mean something outstanding. And in August, I find nothing more outstanding than the sight of native pollinators in the landscape. One of the basics of plant life is […]
September 25, 2017
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Fungus Among Us

Fungus Among Us There is more going on with autumn leaves besides the color changes of yellow, orange, and red – fungus. September is when fungal spotting has reached its peak, causing many of your favorite plants to defoliate or go dormant early. See, in spring, fungal spores are everywhere, […]
August 12, 2017
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Battling Buckthorn

Battling Buckthorn Battling Buckthorn Wisconsin gardening comes with many obstacles: rabbits, deer, cold winters, and invasive non-native plant species. In the war against invasive plants, one of the worst enemies is Buckthorn, specifically Rhamnus cathartica (Common Buckthorn) and Rhamnus frangula (Glossy Buckthorn). Many times I’ll be at a customer’s site […]
July 17, 2017
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Plant Sex

Plant Sex Wisconsin summers are like a tumultuous love affair. They can fluctuate from hot and steamy to cold and rainy in the course of one night. Did you know that summer love affairs are happening all around us in broad daylight? Plants everywhere are fornicating, right in front of […]
July 13, 2017
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Crazy Common Caterpillars

Crazy Common Caterpillars My son, Jack, loves books. He is almost one year old and loves to grab them, throw them, chew on them. He also adores books being read aloud to him. The other night I was reading him “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle and it occurred […]
July 2, 2017
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Rabbit Resistant Perennials and Shrubs

Rabbit Resistant Perennials and Shrubs Rabbit Resistant Perennials and Shrubs Recently, my husband and I were babysitting my cousin’s kids. Since we don’t have children of our own, the selection of kid-friendly movies in our house is pretty limited. But my husband does have a complete set of Looney Tunes […]
May 25, 2017
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Phenology

Phenology The calendar says that spring is officially here, but it doesn’t really look like it yet. Today’s tip touches on a branch of science called phenology, meaning when climatic conditions correlate with plant and animal behaviors. Some say spring has arrived when you spy a robin. I say it […]
May 16, 2017
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2017 Spring Plant Draft Picks

2017 Spring Plant Draft Picks We’re excite to announce the 2017 spring plant draft picks. Tulip blooms dotting the landscape aren’t the only sign that spring has arrived. Football fans eagerly watch to see who their favorite teams will acquire to create a winning line up in fall. These players […]
May 7, 2017
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Summer Bird Gardening

Summer Bird Gardening Your favorite bird or flock of birds are returning from their annual migrations and Mother Nature is providing a welcome home feast for them. Learn how to invite them to the yard and create a “birdscape”! You can still have feeders with seeds, nuts, and fruit to […]
April 18, 2017

Cultivar – What Is It?

Cultivar What is a cultivar? What are their advantages? My husband and I are expecting a little seedling in the fall. Thank goodness there is only one in here, but say I were having identical twins. They would be genetically identical, just like a plant “cultivar”. When the seeds of […]
April 10, 2017
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Delicious Landscapes

Delicious Landscapes We are in the age of sustainability. We buy energy-saving light bulbs and hybrid cars. I will furiously rummage through the office trash to retrieve an aluminum can that didn’t make it into the correct recycling bin. We want our ribeyes to be grass-fed, our eggs to be […]
April 5, 2017
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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring Officially, the calendar says March 20th is the Vernal Equinox and the first day of spring. But in Wisconsin, where a snowstorm might still be around the corner, I know that spring isn’t official until I see certain signs every year. Sign #1 – Migrating birds start […]
April 1, 2017
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Harvest Windows & Dig Times

Harvest Windows Throughout the spring season, we hear from a lot of panicked people who think that their trees have to be in the ground by June. So not true! Trees merely have certain times of the year that they will tolerate having their roots physically cut and dug out […]
March 22, 2017
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Green Screens: Living Privacy Fence with Evergreens

Green Screens: Living Privacy Fence with Evergreens Green Screens: Living Privacy Fence with Evergreens Today the first signs of spring have brought me back to our tree farm in Jackson. Our fields are full of trees for potential green screens to hide your neighbors, a shed, or whatever obstacle you […]
February 18, 2017
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Forcing Tree Stems

Forcing Tree Stems We are smack in the middle of a long cold winter and that darn groundhog says it won’t be over soon. Today I’m going to show you how to bring a little spring indoors by forcing tree stems. Cutting stems of spring flowering trees and bringing them […]
January 25, 2017
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2017 Color of the Year – Greenery

2017 Color of the Year – Greenery I think we can all agree that 2016 was a hell of a year. An unprecedented presidential election. Syria. Brangelina Split. Zika Virus. Brexit. Prince died. Russia. McDonalds now serves all day breakfast. RIP Princess Leia. 2016 was pretty tumultuous for me on […]
January 17, 2017
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Proper Snow Removal

Proper Snow Removal Instead of telling you to lift with your knees, it’s all about saving the branches of your trees. Contrary to what you might have heard, it is important after a heavy, wet snowfall to remove what has accumulated on certain plants like arborvitaes, boxwoods, and pines; basically […]
December 15, 2016
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Six Best Things For A Sleeping Garden

Top 6 Things To Do While Your Garden Is Sleeping Do you have a sleeping garden? I love winter! I get excited to break out the warm coats (I may have too many in the closet) and put on a pot of hot tea. These gray months of cold and […]
December 2, 2016
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Winterizing Evergreens

Winterizing Evergreens Just because winter is here, doesn’t mean ignoring the garden. The freezing process draws moisture out of a plant. The “polar vortices” of Wisconsin’s winters can be hard on certain evergreens, especially if they don’t get enough water in fall. When hit with repeated cycles of very cold […]
December 1, 2016
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Family Tree Discount

Family Tree Discount If you are soon welcoming or have recently had a baby, congratulations! Johnson’s Nursery has a Family Tree Discount. We offer 25% off the retail price of any plant, whether a perennial, shrub, or tree to commemorate your bundle of joy. Baby and tree will grow up […]
November 9, 2016
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Sporty Specimens

Sporty Specimens Sporty Specimens In the T.V. special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, Linus sagely muses, “There are three things I have learned to never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin”. I think we could add sports team allegiances to that list. In my family, the […]
October 13, 2016
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Fall Blooming Plants for the Pollinators

Fall Blooming Plants for the Pollinators Using fall blooming plants in the landscape will give insects an extra boost for late-season and winter. For the last few years, a lot of attention has been paid to the fact that certain insect populations are being threatened. The once ubiquitous Monarch Butterfly […]
April 20, 2016
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Landscape Compatibility Test

Landscape Compatibility Test I was shopping at a Trader Joe’s recently for some groceries. I say groceries, but I really mean affordable bottles of wine. While checking out, the cashier asked to see my ID (haven’t been under 21 in a long time so I’ll take that as a compliment […]
February 13, 2014
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Leaf Lore: Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Lore It’s unclear when people discovered that pancakes with maple syrup were the perfect combination, but we sure are glad they did. Traditionally, pancakes were made to use up the decadent ingredients milk, butter, and eggs that were forbidden during the Lenten fast. Thus, Fat Tuesday (Mardis Gras) […]
March 12, 2009
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Leaf Lore: Peach Baskets And Basketball

March Madness Leaf Lore: Peach Baskets And Basketball Peach Basket-ology March Madness is upon us. Have you selected your brackets yet? Brackets. Sounds a lot like baskets. Did you know that peach baskets play a key role in the history of basketball? Credit for invention of the game is given […]