May 22, 2020

Eastern Tent Caterpillars Make Another Appearance

Once again, the eastern tent caterpillars (Malacosoma americanum) have become apparent in Iowa landscapes and along the highways. The caterpillars can go largely unnoticed; it’s the unsightly, silken ‘tents’ in the crooks of branches of the tree or shrub that are obvious. Tents start out very small but enlarge as the caterpillars feed and grow and add to the tents, making them more obvious in the landscape as the weeks go by.

Gardening Myths: Five Myths That Are Just Too Good to be True

As more and more Americans begin gardening each year, there is a wide array of information online and on social media that offer tips, tricks—and sometimes—wild ideas on ways to feed, protect or help the plants in your garden. While some tips are useful, there are many that just seem too good to be true. Below is a list of some of the most popular garden myths.

1. Epsom salts.