March 17, 2010

Dormant Oil Sprays and Backyard Fruit Trees


Pruning Formal Hedges


There is something special about a healthy, well maintained hedge. A symmetrical wall of green creates visual and physical limits in the landscape and provides a softer effect than wood or pla

Planting Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower in the Home Garden


Rabbit Damage to Trees and Shrubs


This winter's deep snow and extended period of snowcover posed serious problems for rabbits. Denied access to food on the ground, rabbits fed extensively on small trees and shrubs that s

Rabbit Damage at Reiman Gardens Kills 50 Trees


Like many homeowners around the state, the horticulturists at Reiman Gardens are assessing damage to trees and shrubs caused by rabbits during the prolonged, snow-covered winter. So far they h

Clinic Fees to Increase to $20/10 in 2010


The ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC) is raising its fees for diagnostic services this growing season. The new fees will go into effect on April 1.


The new fee structure for samples mailed or delivered to the clinic will be:


Plant problem diagnosis - $20

Household & miscellaneous insect ID - $10

Plant / weed ID - $10

Butterflies in Winter in Iowa


A message with photograph this week from alert reader Ken Wiggers asked about a tattered butterfly seen on the ground, near the woodpile in mid-March! As shown below, the butterfly is th

Monarchs Harmed by Storms in Mexico