A new and potentially very destructive lawn pest has been discovered for the first time in Minnesota this year. The European chafer beetle was found in a lawn in south Minneapolis this summer. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the European chafer beetle (Amphimallon majale) can be more destructive to lawns than Japanese beetles…

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Maybe I’m imagining it, but are Japanese beetle numbers down this year? Japanese beetles may be one of the most hated pests of northern gardeners, closely following deer in many places. While they are not prevalent all over Minnesota, Japanese beetles are “abundant” in the seven county metro area, as well as in Blue Earth,…

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A knowledgeable gardener alerted us last week that he had heard reports that magnolia scale was visible in Minneapolis now. This insect has been around Minnesota for several years and it can be devastating to magnolias. It’s sneaky, too, and unless you know what you are looking for, you might not notice it. Here are…

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Visiting the garden of a friend recently, I was just about to ask that question: Have the Japanese beetles left yet? The answer, however, was right before me: a Japanese beetle purposefully working on the blossom of a rose bush. Darn! According to the U of Minnesota, Japanese beetles generally emerge in early July and…

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Our editor took the picture above yesterday in a nice rose garden in the eastern Twin Cities. In case you don’t recognize it (he was not very eager to have his photo taken), that’s a Japanese beetle feasting on these lovely roses. Below is a better photo from a couple of years ago where the…

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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 the state. According to a U.S. Forestry Service study released last winter, EAB larvae start to die when temperatures within trees reach -20 degrees F. …

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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 is full of great ideas for creating bird friendly garden that benefits native insects and other critters, too. The key to sustaining songbirds and other…

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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 the Earth all year is to keep a garden. Gardens reduce waste, food miles, provide habitat for insects, birds and other creatures and they also…

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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 chimed in that many have been seeing the beetles for at least a week. Jeff Hahn, one of the bug experts at the University of…

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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 Agriculture had lots of information about the borer, but here are three top things to remember about EAB. 1) Watch for woodpeckers. There’s a long…

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