Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

September 10, 2015

Do you have a windbreak on your farm or acreage?  Do you need one?  How do you start?  Are there any financial incentivies to help with the cost?

August 14, 2015

Trees are a valuable part of our environment.  They provide shelter and shade, help prevent erosion, and add beauty and monetary value to property.  Unfortunately, many factors can cause trees to become unhealthy and lose their aesthetic value or die:  environmental stresses, site problems, animal injury,  infectious diseases, and insect infestations.  In many cases, more than one factor may be involved.  A correct diagnosis of the problem is the important first step in trying to save an unhealthy tree.

March 5, 2015

The newsletter is linked online below, but articles this issue will include winter care for horses, lanning a spring vegetable garden, home energy savings tips, estimating costs of pasture and hay production, starting a bird feeding program and more.  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/smallfarms/newsletter/winter-2014

February 16, 2015

Iowa State University and Trees Forever will be conducting this informative meeting regarding storm damage assessment, Emerald Ash Borer, tree benefits, importance of replanting, and inventory information.

A Quick Reference to Butler County Residents - Be sure to check out all the links at "Resources from ISU Extension" on this page for more information!

If you have a question on a subject below here is a quick reference -

Iowa State Horticultural Society

Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Horticulture and Home Pest News



Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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