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Ash tree problem

We just had a tree service gut trim our ash tree and her suggested it might be dying. Do you have a tree expert who could look at it to make sure it doesn’t have an emerald ash borer infestation?

Linn County Iowa Posted about 14 hours ago

Ash tree problem

A tree service guy just trimmed our ash tree and suggested it might be dying. Do you have a tree expert who could look at it to make sure we don’t have emerald ash borers? We’re not sure what to do about it.

Linn County Iowa Posted about 14 hours ago

Can my locust tree be saved?

I had a large limb split on my locust tree during the recent storm. I just cut it off and lost about 1/5 of the canopy. The split extends into another large branch. I am wondering if the rest of the tree can be saved or should I cut it all down and plant something new. It is about 50 years old.

Dubuque County Iowa Posted 1 day ago

Backyard dirt and dogs

I’m wondering what the best solution is for a dirt backyard and dogs during the rain. My backyard is dirt. I have two dogs that run in my yard. When it’s wet outside, such as during the rain, my yard is muddy and subsequently the dogs become a muddy mess. My dogs come in my house and sleep inside. I thought about putting wood chips in my backyard and or P gravel. I just don’t know what’s the best. I’m afraid the wood will mold and the P gravel will be eaten by the dogs. The dogs live running in the yard, I worry about their paws. We have mostly shade, so grass is too hard to grow. What to do?

Polk County Iowa Posted 2 days ago

Burning bush

My burning bushes are dropping all of the leaves.

Iowa Posted 3 days ago

Chemical drift

Who do I report farm chemical drift to? I have a dead grape stalk that was fine until the neighbor sprayed his field.
Also my sweet potatoes look a little funny?? Could this also be from the chemicals?

Johnson County Iowa Posted 4 days ago

What kind of bug is this?

I have hundreds of these dead bugs that appear overnight on my floors. What kind of bug is this?

Mahaska County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

What is this beetle?

I have 6 or 7 holes in my yard about 5-6 inches in diameter and have seen a few of these beetles around but no other critter(s). What are these and can they be digging these large holes? The area is on top of the roots of a tree that was cut down.

Iowa County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

Yellowing pin oak in cu de sac

Where in Iowa City is this pin oak located. I would like to see it before it dies

Linn County Iowa Posted 5 days ago

Benton County Iowa Posted 5 days ago