September 12, 2014

The Euphoric Bumble Flower Beetle

One of my favorite insect of all time is the bumble flower beetle, Euphoria inda.

Impatiens Downy Mildew Strikes Close to Home

It's all well and good to read about a new disease that is sweeping the nation, but when it hits close to home is when you start to really pay attention.


Basil Downy Mildew Confirmed in Iowa

Basil Downy Mildew is a relatively new disease in the United States. The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic has confirmed basil downy mildew in Story and Polk Counties within the past two weeks.

The first noticeable symptoms are yellowing between the veins possibly imitating a nutritional deficiency.  If you flip over the yellowed leaves, you may see gray fuzzy growth on the underneath side of the leaf.  The leaves will then blacken and die.

Fall Lawn Care

Fall is a busy time for gardeners.  With so much to do, lawn care is sometimes neglected.  However, proper lawn care in fall helps insure an attractive, healthy lawn next season.