The promise of receding frost has spread the urge to plant throughout Wisconsin, and a May 31 online chat will help gardeners of all skill levels incorporate native plants into landscaping projects.
This live chat will run from noon to 1 pm. Department of Natural Resources staff will be on hand to answer questions ranging from simple gardening tips to native plant information. Visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “chat” to submit questions and view responses from DNR experts. Here, you can also view past chats and sign up to receive email notifications.
Those looking for more information are encouraged to check out the Spring 2016 Natural Heritage Quarterly landowner newsletter. The spring edition features landscaping and gardening recommendations from Amy Staffen, DNR conservation biologist, and tips for transforming urban lawns into gardens featuring native prairie, savanna and woodland plants. Readers will also learn more about rain gardens and providing habitat for monarch butterflies and birds.