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You may never see them. They sneak in silently once the sun goes down. They ravage your delicate garden and stunning landscape. If you do happen to catch a glimpse, they will run fast as lightning to safety so they can dine in your yard while you are not around. No, this is not a plot from some cinematic thriller; it is a daily occurrence for homeowners with outdoor space. Rabbits can quickly take a toll on any size yard, and can easily climb into raised beds and nibble away at your painstakingly planted container creations. Wild rabbits have a big appetite and your garden and landscape is like a tempting, bottomless salad bar. And where there is one, there are more: The gestation period for a rabbit averages just 30 days. There is factual truth behind that old saying “multiplying like rabbits.” You may enjoy bunnies in storybooks or even as domesticated pets, but wild rabbits can be a devastating problem for your yard. These four-legged foragers can eat your fabulous flowers and prized produce, literally overnight. To protect your yard from rabbits, you first need to identify their presence. Because they often come out at dawn and sunset, you may rarely see them. According to the animal repellent experts at Bobbex, these are the top signs that you have got rabbits: 1. Plant damage low to the ground, often a few inches above the soil 2. A clean, 45-degree angled cut on the end of stems and leaves 3. Woody plants debarked up to 16

inches from the ground 4. Piles of rabbit droppings (dark peasized pellets) 5. Tracks: Wild rabbits have five toes on their front feet and four toes on their much longer hind feet. Check, check, and re-check. If you do catch a glimpse of the furry intruder, you may be able to identify the most common wild rabbit species. Cottontails are common throughout North America, identified by their short tail that resembles a tuft of cotton. Snowshoes are typically found in rocky, mountainous terrain and are identified by their large feet with white fur during winter and rusty brown fur during warmer months. Finally, the speedy jackrabbit is found in the Western U.S. and is known for its incredibly long ears and powerful hind legs. Once you know you have rabbits ravaging your yard, it is time to take action. There are a few ways to safely repel them before the damage is done. Step 1: Build and bury barriers Fencing can be an effective way to keep rabbits at bay. If you are targeting rabbits, the fence only needs to be three feet tall as they are unlikely to jump over it; however, you will have to bury the fence underground since rabbits are experts at burrowing up to a foot below the surface to access a tasty food source. Step 2: Repel and remove temptation Bobbex-R Repellent is all natural, environmentally friendly and proven effecTurn to bunnies/page 11B

By Ray Mueller With appropriate practices, a variety of disposable materials can be converted into compost for use in several ways on one’s property. That was the message from Recycling Connections program director Angie Lemar to attendees in a presentation at the 2017 Midwest Energy Fair. The nonprofit firm, based in Stevens Point, has been providing educational services on recycling practices for 35 years. Food waste that would otherwise be going to landfills is a top candidate for making compost in one’s backyard, Lemar pointed out. She noted that at least 25 percent of the material entering landfills, including lots of food, violates the minimum of a six-inch diameter which is called for in a 1993 law pertaining to landfills in Wisconsin. When food is disposed of in a landfill, the anaerobic deterioration process will emit methane into the air, Lemar observed. When composted, the natural environment of an aerobic process will emit carbon dioxide instead, she explained. Mixing brown and green To create good compost, the task involves providing a proper mix of carbon and nitrogen from brown and green materials, sufficient moisture, and access to oxygen, Lemar indicated. Carbon is supplied by bagged brown leaves, straw, and paper (sawdust and wood chips are less desirable) while food waste, green leaves, plants, and grass cuttings are the top nitrogen sources, she noted. Other sources of nitrogen can be fibrous materials, hair, coffee grounds, clothes dryer lint, and livestock manure while meat, bones, fat, oils, dairy products, treated wood, pet and human waste, charcoal, and tree branches are to be avoided, Lemar indicated. A bit of sprinkled ash is acceptable but large amounts of citrus or pine tree waste would affect the pH, she added. Ideally, there should be a three to one carbon to nitrogen ratio by volume, not by weight, Lemar advised. She said a one to one ratio often happens in practice. The choice of container for composting will determine how quickly the process will take, Lemar stated. The slowest way will be with a pile, minimum size of three by three by three feet, placed on the ground at a well-drained site, she pointed out. For such a pile, start with an equal weight of brown and green materials along with having brown layers on the

bottom and top in order to control odor and to avoid being an attraction to fruit flies and other pests, Lemar indicated. It is also necessary to turn the pile every five to seven days to enable access to oxygen, she pointed out. At least 125 gallons For quicker composting, as fast as six weeks in ideal conditions, there are several types of containers for which the minimum volume should 125 gallons, not as little as 80 gallons, Lemar advised. She would avoid tumblers because of drawbacks such as handling, having to add water, and minimal access to beneficial micro-organisms. In addition to the manufactured bins in many shapes, sizes, and styles that the commercial market offers, the lineup of containers includes wire cages, cinder blocks, wood bins, and layers of pallets— all of which should be placed at least two feet from a building wall in full sun or shade, Lemar noted. Be sure to put the container where it is convenient to obtain water and for access to the garden or to another place where the compost will be placed, she added. Whatever the choice of container, it is important to provide enough water to maintain sponginess in the decomposing materials, Lemar stressed. Too much moisture or failure to have the proper mix of brown and green materials will result in a rotten and stinky mess that could smell like ammonia, she warned. In addition, protection must provided against pests either with a physical barrier or by not including meats, bones, or fats, Lemar pointed out. Good drainage at the location of the container is also essential, she added. Good quality compost “will smell like good earth,” Lemar promised. A bag test for pliability or a germination test with radish or cucumber seeds are other ways to check if the process has been completed, she pointed out. Compost can be used as a soil amendment, as a soil surface mulch, as a fertilizer source under trees, as a potting mix, as a topdressing for lawns, or even as a raw material for making tea provided that the batch is stirred at least three times a day, Lemar indicated. For more information about composting or recycling, check the www.recycylingconnections.org Web site or call the main office at (715) 343-0722. To reach Lemar, who works from a home office in Viroqua, call (715) 347-5979 or send an e-mail to angie@recyclingconnections.org.


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Step 3: Remove the creature’s comforts Many homeowners are surprised to find rabbits have made a home under stairs or in a shed. If you do not want rabbits nesting and raising families in

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your yard, remove brush and other debris that could provide them easy shelter and spray a repellent in those areas to maintain rabbit-free hiding places. These three simple steps will help you safely repel rabbits so you can fully enjoy the beauty and bounty of your outdoor space. To learn more, visit www.bobbex. com where you will also find repellents for other common wild foragers such as deer. Try Bobbex Deer; compared to nine other repellents in category, it was rated 93 percent effective, second only to a fence at 100 percent.

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Some plants get along with others, but... By Ray Mueller Just as with humans, garden plants can be good or bad neighbors or companions to other plants. There are more good than bad companions on the vegetable plant and fruit list. Beans appear most often on the good companion list. They have been found to be good neighbors to sweet corn, carrots, celery, cucurbits (the vined plants including melons, squash, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, and gourds), eggplant, lettuce, peas, radish, spinach, strawberries, zucchini, and herbs such as sage and rosemary. Onions and garlic are the only popular garden plants that do not like beans as a neighbor. Sweet corn is a good neighbor to peas, potatoes, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, and cucurbits. Sweet corn and tomatoes do not find one another to be good garden companions.

Tomatoes also do not get along with potatoes, dill, the brassica family (cole and cabbage species), rosemary, and strawberries. But tomatoes have a longer list of good companion plants, including asparagus, basil, carrots, celery, onions, parsley, sweet corn, cucurbits, nasturtium, and marigold. Carrots are a friendly plant, liking lettuce, onions, peas, radish, tomatoes, beans, and herbs. Onions are good neighbors to carrots, celery, lettuce, beets, tomatoes, and strawberries. Peas are good companions for beans, carrots, celery, corn, cucurbits, potatoes, radish, and turnips but not for onions. Lettuce is friendly to beans, carrots, onions, radish, strawberries, cucurbits, and marigolds. The brassica family gets along well with onions, spinach, celery, herbs, and nasturtiums but not with tomatoes, dill, and

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Flowers which score ‘win’ for Mother’s Day By Melinda Myers Give mom a gift that provides beauty all season long with minimal care. A basket, container or garden bed filled with these award-winning annuals is sure to generate a smile and enjoyment all summer long. If mom likes to garden, provide her with a few seeds, potting mix and a container. Include a few new varieties of traditional favorites. Marigold Super Hero Spry is a compact French marigold with two-inch dark maroon and golden yellow flowers. The striking bicolor blooms top 10- to 12-inch-tall plants. Best of all, mom will have flowers eight weeks from the time she sows the seeds until frost. Surprise mom with a container of instant beauty. The 2017 All-America Selections (AAS) winner CalliopeŽ Medium Dark red is beautiful alone or mixed with other flowers in containers, hanging baskets, or in-ground gardens. It was selected by AAS, a non-profit national plant trialing organization, for its outstanding performance for home gardens. Brocade Fire and Brocade Cherry Night are two more winning geraniums selected for their striking foliage and colorful blooms. The semi-double orange flowers and green and bronze foliage are sure to brighten any garden location or container. The green edged bronze leaves and red blooms of Brocade Cherry Night will surely impress mom and any of her visitors. Or provide some added seasonal interest with Pinto Premium White to Rose geranium. Mom will enjoy watching the flower petals change from white to pink to rose-pink. The change occurs over time, providing interesting color combi-

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156 school districts in Wisconsin ‘Growing up Green’ By Ray Mueller In various stages of participation, 156 Wisconsin school districts in 58 counties—422 school sites in all—are registered for the state’s Green and Healthy Schools (GHS) “Growing Up Green� program. The program is open to public and private schools. No school in Calumet County is a participant in this program. The closest participants are in Plymouth, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, and Appleton. Designed to help schools reduce their operating costs by focusing on efficiencies, to improve the health and wellness of students and school staff, and to nurture environmental literacy, the program is a joint venture of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Public Instruction, and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. How the program is carried out varies greatly from school to school, according to the Center for Environmental Education’s senior outreach specialist Susan Schuller, who oversees GHS in the state. She was a presenter at the 2017 Midwest Energy Fair, which was observing its 28th year. Following its launching in 2003, GHS had 150 school sites sign up during its first eight years, Schuller noted. Of them, 35 completed at least one related project during that time, she reported. One notable achievement was a student-initiated suggestion to get rid of styrofoam trays for school lunches at the Appleton schools. A program renovation in 2011 identified the three points of focus and a guide was published, Schuller indicated. There are nine topic areas, including water, energy, health and wellness, transportation, recycling, community involvement, and use of school sites as a teaching tool to address a “nature deficit disorder� regarded effects on the environment, she stated. With the support of the United State Green Building Council, Schuller said the goal is to have all schools registered for GHS within the next generation. In a typical community, about 20 percent of the residents are directly linked to the school in some way, she observed. Within Wisconsin, GHS is leveraged with support

from 34 entities such as a compost supplier in Milwaukee (65 school sites registered), the sewerage district in Madison, nature centers, the Focus on Energy program, and Northwind Energy. Depending on the type of activity, volunteers have given money, shovels, buckets, books, or other supporting materials, Schuller indicated. GHS is strictly voluntary and recognition is given but no certification is awarded, she pointed out. One persistent challenge that Schuller encounters is staff turnover. To start, GHS requires a commitment from two representatives at each school site. The pro-

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Easy elevated gardens add beauty, save space By Melinda Myers Elevate your gardens to waist high level for convenience and easy access. Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck or any area where a bit of planting space is desired. Place them near your kitchen door, grill or table for easy cooking and serving access. You will be able to plant, weed and harvest with minimal bending or even from a chair. Purchase one on wheels or add casters to the legs of your elevated garden for added mobility. Then wheel it into the sun or shade as needed each day or out of the way when you entertain. Set the garden in place first. Once it is filled with soil, it will be very heavy and difficult to move. Those gardening on a balcony should confirm the space will hold the weight of the elevated garden you select when filled with soil and mature plants. Make sure you have easy access to water. Since this is basically a container, you will need to check the soil moisture daily and water thoroughly as needed. Fill the elevated garden with a well-drained planting mix that holds moisture while providing needed drainage. Incorporate a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer like Milorganite (milorganite.com) at planting. It contains 85 percent organic matter, feeding the plants and soil. Slow-release fertilizers provide plants with needed nutrients for several months, eliminating the need for weekly fertilization.

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Tri-County news • Serving Chilton, Kiel & New Holstein • Thursday, May 3, 2018

Home improvements to help home sell quickly

The real estate market is heating up, and if you are planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals. To boost your home sale and reduce time on the market, consider these top home improvement ideas to catch buyers’ eyes. Garage door: When potential buyers visit your property, you want to make the best first impression before they even come inside. That’s why it’s wise to replace your garage door. It takes up a significant amount of exterior visual real estate and helps define the home’s aesthetic. What’s more, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report, a garage door replacement recoups an astonishing 98.3 percent of cost upon resale. Bathroom addition: More bathrooms typically mean you can charge more for your home. Think you’re limited based on existing construction? Think again. With Saniflo, you can add a complete bathroom where no drainage existed before thanks to above-floor plumbing features like a macerating toilet and drain pumps. The Saniaccess3 is a smart choice for full baths, and the Saniaccess2 is ideal for powder rooms. Kitchen upgrade: A complete kitchen remodel is costly, but a few smart upgrades can make the heart of the home shine. Consider replacing worn laminate

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Control practices advised for non-native invasives

By Ray Mueller Garlic mustard, dame’s rocket, common and glossy buckthorn, wild parsnip, bush honeysuckle, Japanese barberry, burning bush, cutleaf and common teasel, and Japanese knotweed have something in common. All are among dozens of non-native and invasive plant species that have established themselves in Wisconsin and that are extremely detrimental to the natural ecosystem, attendees learned at a workshop coordinated by Calumet County’s terrestrial invasive species control specialist Jeni Klein. Most of those non-native plants have the ability to spread rapidly and to take over habitat once held by native plants, Klein pointed out. They can be spread through hay and other livestock feeds, on equipment, by animals, on clothing, and by the wind or flowing water, she noted. Among the consequences are the smothering of native plants which many native species need for nurture and habitat, soil erosion, blockage of scenic views, degradation of surface water quality, reduction of the growing space for trees that grow nuts and berries for wildlife, and in the case of barberry and honeysuckle, the introduction of a link that leads to Lyme’s disease in humans, Klein explained. Species put onto lists As a result, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, through its NR 40 regulation, has placed numerous non-native invasive species onto either restricted (allowed with a permit) or prohibited lists. In addition to the species already men-

tioned, others on the restricted listed are the autumn olive, Oriental bittersweet, Japanese hedge parsley, and tree of heaven. Klein advised growers of those plants to clean equipment after working with those species and to carry out other best management practices to prevent them from spreading. Wisconsin’s prohibited list of nonnative invasive species includes the porcelain berry, black swallow wort, and the giant hogweed. Klein noted that giant hogweed was inadvertently transported to a farm in Manitowoc County from its first identified growing site in Iron County. Other infestations of giant hogweed have also been found in Sheboygan and Waupaca counties. Beyond endeavoring to eliminate or to control the growth of non-native invasive species, property owners and managers are urged to record and report the presence of those plants, according to Anne Pearce, who is the coordinator for the first detector network in Wisconsin. With the fyi.uwex.edu/wifdn Web site serving as a starting point, she outlined how the latest tools of technology are available to serve that purpose. Web-site plots locations Through the free-to-use www.eddmaps.org Web site, which is a national database, the location of non-native invasive species can be plotted and reported, Pearce pointed out. With the Invasive Species Management software program, for which a small fee is assessed, property owners or managers can track their efforts, including the use of pesticides, to control or eliminate those species, she pointed out.

For users of smartphones and tablets, the Great Lakes Early Detection Network app is a mapping tool for infestation data and photos, Pearce said. With a search for GLEDN, it is available in Google Play for Android users or under App Store for AppleiOS users. For technical or financial support for restoring habitat which has fallen victim to non-native invasive species, Klein recommended contacting the University of Wisconsin Extension Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for any property not owned by the state or federal government, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). On behalf of the NRCS, Manitowoc County district conservationist Matt Rataczak cited two major funding and technical sources that are designed to improve wildlife habitat and soil and water quality, including at sites that have been affected by non-native invasive species. They are the all-voluntary Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). With a flat rate per square foot or acre payment, EQIP often covers 70 to 90 percent of a project cost, Rataczak pointed out. He described EQIP as a tool to cope with an existing resource concern—to fix what needs attention. If the property is a forest, a management plan is required, he noted. CSP, meanwhile, serves as a reward to agricultural or forest property owners who are already engaged in one or beneficial conservation activities and who can qualify for funding if they add one more enhancement—from a potential

list of 225—to that activity, Rataczak explained. Among the many choices are the establishment of herbaceous species that benefit pollinator species, he noted. In place since 2009, CSP comes with a five-year contract with minimum annual payments of $1,500, Rataczak stated. He pointed out that CSP was revamped greatly in 2017 toward a strong emphasis on the application process. Klein, who is based at the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve at Two Rivers, shared several examples of how working with other entities and programs—with the help of volunteers—has succeeded in transforming several sites in the Two Rivers area from being infested with non-native invasive plants to having multiple species of native plants that are beneficial to wildlife throughout the year. She noted that the only non-native plant species among those selections are crab apple trees.

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Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteers will be at the University of Wisconsin-Extension Office, located on the UW-Sheboygan Campus, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. to answer horticultural calls or consult in person with homeowners who have yard and garden care questions. Master Gardener Volunteers staff the horticultural hotline from May through September. To reach the Horticultural Hotline, please contact the UW-Extension Sheboygan County Office at 459-5900.

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