March 9, 2011

Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs

Occasionally the need arises to move shrubs within the landscape. Early spring (before growth begins) and fall (after leaf drop) are the best times to transplant deciduous shrubs. 

Shrubs are best moved with a ball of soil adhering to the roots. With a portion of the root system intact, transplanting shock should be minimized with faster reestablishment. 

The soil should be moist when the shrub is dug. If the soil is dry, thoroughly water the area 3 to 4 days before digging the plant.  

Pruning Blackberries

The growth and fruiting characteristics of blackberries are similar to raspberries. The blackberry plant's roots and crown are perennial, while its stems or canes are biennial. Blackberry

Black Vine Weevil: Unusual Accidental Invader in Iowa

The recent arrival (March 3, 2011) of a digital image of the black vine weevil (BVW) collected from a kitchen floor in Delaware County was a reminder of just how uncommon this insect pest in

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Detected in Iowa

Adapted from an ISU Extension news release, February 24, 20011.


Stink Bugs and Similar-Appearing Insects in Iowa

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a recently-introduced, invasive insect found in the eastern USA. See background information elsewhere in our ISU Extension newsletters.