March 17, 2010

Monarchs Harmed by Storms in Mexico

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

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

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