July 20 Webinar Looks at Horticulture Needs during Drought

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State horticulturists will offer tips for dealing with drought-stressed lawns, trees and shrubs, vegetables and fruit during a webinar on Friday, July 20. The webinar will be held noon to 1 p.m. and hosted at select Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county offices. There is no charge to attend the webinar. The webinar will be archived on the Dealing with Drought Web page, accessible from the ISU Extension and Outreach homepage at www.extension.iastate.edu.

Trees and Shrubs
Jeff Iles, ISU Extension horticulturist, will discuss the irrigation intervention needed by newly-planted nursery stock and what might be done for nursery stock that has been in the landscape for two to five years, or more. He will include cultural techniques and appropriate plant usage.

David Minner, ISU Extension turfgrass specialist, will share an example of a possible drought restriction plan and how it impacts a turf facility and clients. Turf management strategies during drought will be discussed with an emphasis on how to save your turf with the water you have available.

Vegetables and Fruit
Issues growers are experiencing due to drought such as blossom drop in tomatoes, peppers and snap beans will be covered by Ajay Nair, ISU Extension vegetable specialist, during his presentation. He also will cover management practices that should be considered during drought – drip irrigation, use of plastic mulch, irrigation scheduling, effect of weed management on soil moisture and others. Paul Domoto, ISU Extension fruit specialist, will provide information related to drought-stressed fruits.

Host locations
County extension offices hosting the July 20 webinar are:

  • Carroll County, Carroll
  • Cherokee County, Cherokee
  • Dallas County, Adel
  • Delaware County, Manchester
  • Iowa County, Marengo
  • Johnson County, Iowa City
  • Linn County, Marion
  • Lucas County, Chariton
  • Urbandale Outreach office, Urbandale
  • Wapello County, Ottumwa
  • Warren County, Indianola

More counties may be added to the list of hosting sites prior to July 20 – check back to this news release to find additional sites.

The webinar will be archived and available from ISU Extension and Outreach on the Dealing with Drought Web page at: www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recovering-disasters. The Dealing with Drought page also has information for crops, livestock, financial concerns and will include frequently asked questions following the webinar.