Category Archives: Insects

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Update on the Emerald Ash Borer

Many Minnesotans hoped that last winter’s polar vortex and the nasty cold temperatures it brought with it would push back the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which is slowly advancing into…

Plant native plants to bring in the birds.

How to Create a Bird Friendly Garden

Not too long ago, we came across a pamphlet from the Saint Paul Audubon Society on sustaining songbirds and other wildlife in your garden. It’s not a long booklet, but…

Trees and shrubs give shelter to birds.

Gardeners and Earth Day

It’s been almost 45 years since the first Earth Day, which will be marked tomorrow with celebrations, conferences and lots of educational events. One of the best ways to help…

dainty bess rose with beetle

Update on the Japanese Beetle

While several weeks later than last year, Japanese beetles definitely have arrived in Minnesota. I saw several on a garden tour last weekend and gardeners on the MSHS Facebook page…


Update on Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

During the Minneapolis Spring Home and Garden Show, I stopped by a table with information about Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive and potentially invasive insects. The Minnesota Department of…

Japanese beetle on rose

Three More Bad Bugs for Northern Gardeners

Yesterday, we posted about three of the six insects University of Minnesota entomologist Jeff Hahn thinks northern gardeners should watch out for. So, here’s the rest of the list. Japanese…