November 10, 1995

Trees and Shrubs with Colorful Fruit in Winter

The predominate colors of the winter landscape in Iowa are white and various shades of gray and brown. An excellent way to awaken the dead of winter is to plant trees and shrubs that possess colorful fruit.

Scale Insects on Houseplants

Scale insects are a common pest of houseplants and can be found stunting and deforming plants throughout the year. Any of several different species of scale insects may be found on plants in the home or greenhouse. They all have in common a waxy or shell-like covering over the body of the sessile insect.

Most scales are tan or brown and vary from 1/16 to 1/4 inch in diameter. Scales may be found on the stems and/or leaves. Some scales are hemispherical in shape, while others are oval and flat.

Winterizing Garden Equipment

Another Halloween has come and gone and with it Iowa's first snow of the season. Fall bulbs are in the ground, lawns have been fertilized, weeds have been sprayed and the vegetable garden and flower beds have been cleaned up. We can safely say that the 1995 gardening season is history. But, it isn't time to relax just yet. Now is an excellent time to winterize garden tools and yard equipment. A little preventative maintenance now can prevent frustration and expensive repair in the future.