Homeowners may be noticing growths, spots or sooty areas on maple leaves during summer. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify the leaf abnormalities and tell how to manage them.
Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Strawberry plants require full sun, well-drained soils and good management to produce abundant, sweet fruit.
Complete control of weeds in the home lawn or garden is not a practical goal for many homeowners. A more realistic approach is to minimize weed populations through various control measures. Iowa State University horticulturists provide guidance on weed control methods.