October 15, 2021

All about Pumpkins

October is pumpkin season!  Whether its pumpkin pie or pumpkin spiced lattes, cute décor or scary jack-o-lanterns, many of us enjoy pumpkins this time of year. 

Winter Animal Protection for Trees, and Shrubs

white tail deer buck with antlers

Deer, rabbits, mice, voles, and other animals can cause a lot of damage on trees and shrubs over the winter months.  Prevention is key to managing these garden pests.  By taking steps in the fall, you can prevent damage from occurring over the winter.

Mushroom Questions Answered

Mushrooms can be associated with trees, lawn, mulch, and even house plants.  Mushrooms are macroscopic fruiting bodies of certain fungi. Fungi develop a microscopic network of structures underground (Hyphae, Mycelia), associated with trees and other plants, and often embedded in the substrate (soil, living or dead wood, etc.) and extracting nutrients from it.

Overwintering Tender Perennials

Many summer-blooming tender perennials are great additions to the garden but are not winter hardy in Iowa.  These tender perennials must be dug up in the fall and stored indoors over winter.  This is possible because these plants grow from bulbs or other geophytes like corms or tubers. 

Adopt a Bat for Halloween

Bats are important to our landscapes and natural areas.  They serve as pollinators for certain plants and control insect pests. 

Trees and Shrubs with Great Fall Color

Cooler temperatures, crisp breezes, and beautiful fall foliage – some of the many reasons so many people love autumn.  The yellows, oranges, reds, and purples seen on many deciduous trees and shrubs in fall come from compounds present in the leaves earlier in the growing season, but masked by the green chlorophyll in the leaves.