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Emerald Ash Borer -Ash Tree Threat

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious problem that threatens all ash trees in the Midwest. As of     8/5/2008 it has been found in Wisconsin and is extensive in northern Illinois. The million dollar question seems to be, “When should I start treatment if I want to protect an ash tree?”      

Unfortunately, there are differing opinions on this question and the actual facts are not fully conclusive.

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Are animals emotional beings?

Wisconsin Humane Society Speaker Series
Marc Bekoff - Expanding our Compassion Footprint 
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Mayfair


The latest and greatest scientific research clearly shows that animals are smart, emotional, and moral beings. And there are many "surprises." Birds make and use more sophisticated tools than chimpanzees, mice and chickens display empathy, and ravens and other animals show they know what's right and wrong in various social situations. Animals care very much about what happens to them and to their friends and we must too. We need to be very careful when we intrude into their lives and redecorate nature. Rewilding our hearts and expanding our compassion footprint provide avenues for fostering more respect for nonhuman beings and for peaceful coexistence with our animal friends.
Marc Bekoff, noted author, will discuss these and other topics at a seminar on Thursday, August 2 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Radisson. 


Now that the recall election is over at a cost of some $150 million or so from taxpayers, unions, private citizens, fat cats, special interests, etc. what has been accomplished? The standard answer seems to be "Status Quo." with Governor Walker retaining his post. I beg to disagree. I’m persuaded that the character of the American voter throughout the country has changed. What started out with a roar in a fit of pique on the part of some Wisconsinites to recall the Governor because they didn’t like his policies, ended with a whimper with the realization that it was dead wrong to utilize a recall function unless malfeasance in office was the reason.

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The public employee temper tantrum masquerading as a recall election is history. Thanks to the greed and over-reaching of the public employee unions, Wisconsin is now not only the birthplace of the Republican Party, but the place of the rebirth of the Republican Party. States like Ohio, California, Michigan, and New Jersey - drowning in debt, deficit, and unfunded public pensions - have gathered the courage to do something about the stranglehold of public employee unions, thanks to the courage shown in Wisconsin. The obnoxious blue fist of the belligerant labor unions can be tossed in the attic as tens of thousands of faithful union members defect from their neutered unions. We have much to be thankful for.

Let's forget for a moment the more than 33,000 jobs created under Governor Scott Walker, as was just reported on May 16, 2012 by the Department of Workforce Development.

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Elms Need Protection Against Dutch Elm Disease

When people talk about trees, many have a story of a great yard elm or an elm lined street that was cut down. Ask those same people if they are aware we can now save elms and they get a look of sorrow, anger, bewilderment or even disbelief. Amazing the affect trees have on us.

You can save susceptible elms by protecting them from getting DED (Dutch elm disease). To do this the elm should not already have DED. It is helpful if the tree is in good health and the root zone must be isolated from other unprotected elms. Ask a Wachtel Certified Arborist to qualify elm for protection.

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Water Water Water

Water Water Water

Water has been found to be the most limiting factor for plant growth and stress reduction.  How much water does a tree use or need? Generally, 1 inch of water per 10 day period is needed to reduce stress on trees.  This can be provided by Mother Nature, or you.  Use a rain gauge to monitor rainfall and supplement with watering when necessary. It is strongly suggested to use your finger to check the soil for moisture. If the soil is damp wait a few days and check again. Avoid overhead watering or light frequent watering which can be problematic. Pines and spruces with fungal diseases are best not watered on the foliage. Supplemental watering when dry in June, July, August and September is critical.

The Beetle Battle

Mention Japanese beetles to your gardening friends or fellow tree lovers and you are sure to get a reaction. Relatively new to the state, Japanese beetles have been in Wisconsin 10-15 years now. Isolated at first, they are becoming more widespread. 2011 has been an especially bad year with high populations in many areas.

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