Buy Local Evergreens to Avoid the Spread of Invasives

Make sure to check your holiday evergreen trees for possible invasive pests before buying. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has detected invasive elongate hemlock scale (EHS) in Fraser and balsam fir decorations from eastern states. Yellow or brown needles and small brown, oblong spots on the underside of the needles are signs of EHS. You can learn more about EHS here.

The easiest way to avoid invasive pests in your holiday tree is to make sure it was grown in Wisconsin! There are more than 850 Christmas tree farms in WI that sell trees, garlands, and bows. An extensive list of these farms are found on the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association website.

Registration Open Until February 1st to Receive Landscape Pesticides Advance Notices

Open enrollment for the landscape pesticide registry is November 1 – February 1.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection offers a landscape pesticide registry, which allows Wisconsin residents to be notified 12 hours before commercial pesticide applications are applied to neighboring landscapes.

To be notified, you must provide you contact information and a list of places you which to be notified about that are located on or immediately adjacent to the block where you live. Then you will be contacted when lawn care companies are going to apply pesticides to those areas. There is no cost to this service.

The registry applies only to commercial landscape applications and does not apply to landowners who apply their own pesticide, applications to the inside or outside of buildings, or use in agriculture.

You must register every year, as the list is updated yearly. You can register online on the landscape pesticide registry website or download the form to fill out and register by mail.