Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

October 21, 2016

The fall season brings with it a lot of yard waste and debris. What should be done with it? Try starting a compost pile, which can then be used to enhance soil, garden and plant growth. What are the keys to a great compost pile?

March 4, 2016

Emerald ash borer, a tree-killing pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Iowa City.

September 19, 2016

Lilies make an excellent addition to a spring and summer garden landscape. However, fall is the right time to plant, dig and divide lilies for optimal performance in spring.

September 13, 2016

Tulips are a welcome part of the spring landscape, but to enjoy their benefits in warm weather, work must be done during fall. Fall is the optimal time to plant tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs to maximize their spring potential.

August 18, 2016

Learn how to manage your forest while increasing native pollinator habitat, removing invasive plants, reducing erosion and more. 

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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