Japanese Beetles

Destructive Turf Pests: Grubs

The American lawn is often the most expensive part of the landscape. We strive for that beautiful greenspace, free of weeds, free of pests, and a delight to our friends and neighbors. But getting that lawn can be a real challenge, especially for those of us in the Great Plains. We hav
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Add Beautiful Rose-of-Sharon to the Landscape

Rose of Sharon is a beautiful, long-blooming shrub for the landscape. It can be used in a variety of ways, from hedges and screens to focal points in pollinator gardens and there are even tree forms available. Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is native to China and India. In the Uni
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Year in Review: Insect Pests

2018 was quite the year for insect pests. We saw a huge increase in Japanese beetle numbers, as well as a large population of grasshoppers. Lets discuss these and other insects seen this year.    While my viewing area is limited to Northeast Kansas and Southeast Nebraska, th
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Maintaining A Garden for Butterflies

By now, many of you have planted your butterfly gardens or Monarch Waystations in hope of seeing butterflies feeding—both adults and larvae. It can be difficult for experienced gardeners and landscapers to look upon a garden and see it getting eaten up by caterpillars. However,
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