Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

January 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa—The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners support local food systems during a winter webinar series. The 2015 series will offer Master Gardeners educational hours while taking a look at ways to support school gardens, food banks, community gardens and more. Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, and March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at ISU Extension county offices across Iowa.

January 14, 2015

With cold weather and snow outside, it's a good time to focus on indoor plants. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for keeping indoor plants healthy during winter months. For answers to additional questions, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

January 14, 2015

AMES, Iowa – When temperatures are cold outside, it’s the perfect time to plan spring plantings. Include butterfly weed, a pretty, low maintenance perennial, in those plans to add significant beauty and value to a lawn. For maximum growth and beauty, specific growing procedures should be followed.

December 12, 2014

AMES, Iowa - The weather has grown colder, but that doesn’t mean Iowans should ignore their trees until spring. Quite the opposite, in fact. Winter is the best time to prune oak trees in Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to safely and smartly prune oak trees. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

November 24, 2014

Everyone loves holiday flowers – they’re beautiful and a perfect addition to holiday celebrations. But they aren’t much good if they don’t bloom, are they? In order to make holiday flowers perennial and beautiful for years to come, special care must be taken. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to make sure holiday plants look great for years to come. To have additional houseplant questions answered visit the Yard and Garden FAQs, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

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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