July 26, 2013

Magic in the Garden

One of the more intriguing plants in the garden is Lycoris squamigera.  Common names include magic lily, resurrection lily, surprise lily, and naked lady.  Lycoris squamigera

Brown Recluse Spider in Iowa

 A recent review of reports of brown recluse spider specimens in Iowa confirms what we have said for some time:  brown recluse spiders are rare in Iowa but MIGHT be found in the southern

Seeding and Overseeding Lawns

 Mid-August to mid-September is the best time to seed new lawns and overseed existing lawns in Iowa.  Late summer seeding has several advantages over spring seeding.  The seeds of co

Stilt Bugs in the Garden

I love watching insects in my garden.  I grow plants just to feed the bugs and I have a new favorite plant this year!  I had no idea what the plant was, but my colleague Richard Jauron is

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Southeast Iowa

On July 16, 2013, a new infestation of emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in Burlington, Iowa.  Like many EAB infestations, this one was discovered by a homeowner worried about the declining condition of an ash tree.