March 27, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Clinton County, Iowa


Emerald Ash Borer, the invasive beetle destructive to ash trees, has been positively identified in the city of Clinton, making this the 20th county in Iowa where this wood boring pest has been found.  EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.  Read more about this recent discovery in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard & Garden news release from March 25, 2015. 

Planting Bare-Root Trees


The most common way to establish trees in the home landscape is to purchase balled and burlapped or container-grown plants at local garden centers and nurseries.  However, bare-root trees are the most economical type of nursery stock when purchasing large quantities of trees for screens and windbreaks.  Additionally, shade and fruit trees purchased from mail-order nurseries are often bare-root. 

Planting Milkweeds to Help Conserve Monarch Butterflies


Recent attention to the proposed, threatened status of the monarch butterfly (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 12/29/14) has increased interest in conservation efforts and actions that can be taken to preserve and encourage monarch butterfly breeding in the upper Midwest.  Below are several resources that can provide background and details.

 

Grow Your Own Asparagus


Asparagus is a spring delicacy favored by many.  Learn how to plant your own asparagus patch, what varieties to choose and other useful details in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard & Garden news release from March 25, 2015.