Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

February 25, 2015

Graduating seniors from a Grundy county school--apply for the 2015 master Gardener Scholarship.  $500 opportunity!

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa — The four-page Emerald Ash Borer Management Options, PM 2084, has been revised and is available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a free download. The publication provides recommendations on how to protect ash trees from the emerald ash borer. Information about the life stages affected by systemic insecticides, two new professional products and proper use to protect insect pollinators has been added to the publication. It also highlights two pesticides that protect the ash tree for two years.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa – The “Combating the Spotted Winged Drosophila Fruit Fly” workshop will be offered April 20 in Iowa City and April 27 in Clarion. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop will cover trapping, identification, prevention and control of the spotted winged drosophila, an invasive fruit fly that lays eggs in ripening fruit just prior to harvest. Commercial fruit farmers should attend one of the SWD pest management workshops before fruit ripen and become susceptible to attack.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa - Spring has sprung, and yards across the state are getting greener by the day. That means people are thinking about yard care – and how to control crabgrass, a common problem. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on controlling crabgrass. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 orhortline@iastate.edu.

April 6, 2015

AMES, Iowa – A new publication providing information on suitable tomato varieties for commercial field and high tunnel production in Iowa is now available at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Online Store. The four-pageRecommended Tomato Varieties for Commercial Production in Iowa allows tomato growers to compare varieties for the Midwest growing zones.

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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