Articles by Vijai Pandian

Despite their valuable roles in the ecosystem, wasps have a scary reputation among many people for their stinging ability.More
As gardeners around Wisconsin eagerly anticipate the tomato harvest, the state's first confirmed report of late blight in 2017 is bringing disappointment to some growers in Waukesha County.More
There is a limit to any tree's tolerance, and they can exhibit signs of decline in response to consecutive years of stresses.More
The Japanese beetle population in Wisconsin typically peaks in mid-summer. This invasive insect is a defoliating species that devours multiple landscape and garden plantsMore
Summer is a great time to explore Wisconsin’s abundant outdoors, but camping, biking or hiking can lead to encounters with poisonous plants that cause skin irritation and injuries when touched.More
Rain is a welcome treat for many plants, but too much can cause plenty of problems in the garden.More
A dog's innocent curiosity and insatiable appetite can lead to trouble, particularly in outdoor settings if they happen to chew or ingest any parts of a plant that can be dangerous.More
There are many steps an individual can take in backyards and around communities that can help revive pollinating insect populations, including conservation and promotion of healthy habitats.More
Traditional gardens require ample space, appropriate sunlight and an ongoing time commitment, but container gardening offers an alternative way to grow fresh fruits and vegetables with more limited resources.More
Energy conservation starts at home. With a few modifications to existing landscape design, an average backyard can become an energy conservation tool.More