April 24, 2015

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - April 24, 2015


The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.

Planting a Balled and Burlapped Tree


Balled and burlapped trees can be successfully planted from spring to fall.  To successfully establish balled and burlapped trees in the home landscape, it's important to follow proper planting procedures. 

Control Weeds in Asparagus and Berries


Bothered by weeds among the asparagus, raspberries and strawberries?  Learn tips for weed control in the home garden in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard & Garden news release from April 15, 2015.

Home Grown Tomatoes


If you want home-grown tomatoes this year, now is the time to prepare, though wait a little longer, till after the danger of frost is past, to plant them.  Learn more about planting tomatoes in the home garden in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard & Garden news release from April 22, 2015.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Dallas County, Iowa


The emerald ash borer, the invasive beetle destructive to ash trees, has been positively identified in Dallas County, Iowa.  An infestation was confirmed in the southeast corner of rural Dallas County, making this the twenty-first county in Iowa where this wood boring pest has been found.

Prepare for the Growing Season: Think Sanitation!


In preparation for this year growing season, remember that sanitation is critical to prevent plant diseases.