Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

June 23, 2017

Recommendations for when to divide irises depend on the species. Follow these tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting.

June 20, 2017

High diversity seed mix provides habitat that blooms throughout the growing season

June 16, 2017

Swarming is a natural process in the life of a honey bee colony. Swarming occurs when a large group of honey bees leaves an established colony and flies off to establish a new colony, essentially creating two from one.

May 9, 2017

As a declining number of Monarch butterflies migrate through the central United States each year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a new incentive for farmers to help increase their breeding habitat.

May 4, 2017

Spring has arrived and as we start enjoying our favorite outdoor activities, don’t let your fun be ruined by ticks. Although it is difficult to make predictions on the severity of ticks in a given season, the University of Minnesota predicts that because of our mild winter, we may experience a year of above average tick numbers.

Horticulture

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Hortline - questions answered on lawn, garden and landscape plants 515-294-3108

ISU Extension  Gardening Publications

Check out Gardening Resources from ISU Extension (RG 104 ) for a list of more than 100 publications with facts you can use whether your garden has flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables. Also find lists of publications related to lawn, shrubs and trees. This two-page piece is free.

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 many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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