Cyndi Lee asked the following: I have found a large trail of what at first looked like sawdust, but upon closer examination are very tiny worm like things. They are falling from the large tree I have which overhangs our deck. Any idea what these are? They are very tiny and are falling in clumps. They are a pale yellow in color.
If you know what the worms might be, please leave a reply below.
Linn County Master Gardeners have answered some of the other questions you’ve been asking:
Q: We have a small vine-like weed that is taking over the gardens and flower beds. they are small leafed the stems are strong and grow upon the plants and choke them off. I pull them constantly but they continue to grow back. Is there anything that I can spray them with without killing off the flowers and garden plants? I would appreciate your input.
ANSWER: Cut and paint cut end with undiluted Round Up. Use a small foam brush.
Q: I found a large worm on my mom’s apple trees and what to know if they are good worm or bad. where can I take then to find out? I can take them to Ames but where in Ames?????
ANSWER: Bring sample to Linn County Extension Office, 3279 7th Ave., Marion. We’ll try to identify it here, or give info to ISU.
Q: I am in need of help to get rid of the seedlings from my pear tree. I need to know when and how to manage them as I have a flowerbed under my tree. I did not put these in but inherited them from the previous owner. They are a nightmare to deal with. Thank you for your help.
ANSWER: They will need to be pulled out.
Q: I have a beautiful Walnut tree but it has been sprouting branches near its bottom and just does not look right. Can I prune them now ? If so what angle? And should I put something on the exposed ends? Some of the branches are approx. an inch in diameter. I surely don’t want to harm my tree!
ANSWER: The tree is under stress for some reason. Prune now. Do not paint anything on wound. It will heal itself.
Linn County Master Gardeners also answer questions on Iowa State University extension’s horticulture hotline at (319) 447-0647.