October 21, 2016
A well-constructed and maintained compost pile can use your lawn and garden waste and debris and provide organic matter that will enhance your soil, garden and plant growth. Learn more about how to create a compost pile in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from October 20, 2016.
Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in Adair and Adams counties in Iowa. Discoveries in Lake Orient Recreation Area in Adair County and a rural area north of Cromwell in Adams County bring to thirty-eight the number of counties within the state where EAB has been confirmed. See the map below.
The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page to ask questions and for updates and more pictures.
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a new invasive insect that was first found in the U.S. in 1998 and in Iowa in 2011. Additional reports by homeowners have documented BMSB in 19 counties in Iowa.
Fall is a beautiful time of year. Fall is also time to prepare the yard and gardens for winter.