Beneficial insect: Six-spotted tiger beetle

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Over the past several weeks I have received a few insect identification questions that resulted in the six-spotted tiger beetle. Most often when I am writing about or discussing insects, I’m doing so to inform you on the status and prevention measures for emerald ash borer, spotted wing drosophila,…

Apple maggots

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension As the apples on your trees continue to grow, there are numerous factors that we need to consider. The apple maggot (Rhagoletis pomonella) is the most important insect pest to Minnesota-grown apples and typically starts to become active in July. Heavily infested apples are distorted, inedible and will have…

Watch for caterpillar tents in fruit trees

By Katherine Gathje, Interim Extension Educator Fruit trees in the area may be showing signs of caterpillars eating leaves and forming “tents” in the forks of trees. These are signs of Eastern tent caterpillars which are native to North America and feed on fruit trees in late May and in June. These caterpillars are distinguishable…

Water wisely

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension This year’s growing season is off to a fairly dry start in Central Minnesota. Your trees, lawn, and gardens may be noticing the lack of rain. There are a few things you can do to provide your plants with water while not compromising their health or root vigor.…

Flowering crabapples

By Karen Johnson, U of M Extension McLeod and Meeker Counties Personally, one of my favorite things to see blooming in the landscape in the spring are crabapple trees. Each one unique in size, color, and shape. There is something special about the abundance of white, red, or pink-hued flowers. If you find yourself wishing you had one…

Spring Spin Fest and Outdoor Fiber Fair June 5

Free admission – all invited Join us on our farmstead from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Rocking Horse Farm, 25636 County Road 74, St. Cloud, for a vendor marketplace, spinning circle, fiber art displays, demonstrations, food truck, and more. Minnesota-made products like raw wool, scoured wool, hand-dyed fiber, hand-spun yarn, felted items, goat…

Kimball adopt a flower pot

Please join the City of Kimball this year as we carry on the beautification of Kimball by “Adopting A Flower Pot.” They are concrete pots that will be brought to your location of choice. When you decide to Adopt A Flower Pot you agree to the following: watering, weeding, soil/feed, deadheading, and trimming. The City…

Spring is a good time to review dock and platform regulations

Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lakeshore owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements. Lake service provider businesses should also review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance. Dock and dock platform size are regulated in Minnesota by the Department of…

Properly planting trees

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Trees provide many things for our communities: beauty, energy conservation, reduction of soil erosion, filtering air pollutants, raising of property values, a home for wildlife, and so much more. Trees are an integral part of our home landscapes and neighborhoods. If you are looking to plant a tree for…

Lawn mowing considerations

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Whether you see mowing your lawn as a chore that has to be done, or a relaxing way to wind down after a long week at the office, there are some tips you should take into consideration this season. If the weather and your individual lawn conditions allow for…