County News

September 30, 2016

Fall is here, and shortly thereafter, ugh, Winter.  But don't hang up your garden hose just yet because Fall is a great time to plant a tree or give a tree. But which tree? Diversity is key.  

September 22, 2016

Late summer is the time we start thinking about how to overwinter our favorite plants. September is the best month to start thinking about which plants to keep and which to let succumb to Jack Frost. Geraniums are one of those annuals that you can save from year to year. 

September 22, 2016

September is the ideal time for almost all lawn care chores. This is an optimal month to perform seeding, sodding, aerating, dethatching, fertilizing, and broadleaf weed control.  The reason? Temperatures are cooling but the growing season continues for several weeks.

September 19, 2016

Come learn about drones!

September 14, 2016

As the summer gardening season winds down, it's a great time to get outside, enjoy the cooler weather and do some work in your yard and garden which will give you a head start on your 2017 spring garden.

September 7, 2016

FREE Garden Classes will be presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG).  No pre-registration is required, just come and join us! All classes start at 6:30 pm. and go until 7:30pm.

August 29, 2016

As we bid summer farewell, we say good bye to the bright flowers and fresh produce….not so fast! Try planting some veggies now in your gardens for Fall crops and make plans to extend your vegetable gardening next year. 

August 29, 2016

Hummingbirds are fascinating. I love Mid-April when I see them returning to my yard. Ruby-throated hummingbirds (hummers), the most common in Iowa and North America, return to the same area they hatched and visit the same garden or feeders year after year. Hummers live an average life of three to four years. 

August 24, 2016

FREE Garden Classes will be presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG).  No pre-registration is required, just come and join us! 

August 18, 2016

With the arrival of cooler temperatures, and the diminishing produce in our vegetable and flower gardens, our attention can turn to our lawns.

August 16, 2016

It’s hard to believe our summer season is winding down, and as we move into late August/September many of us, me included, are ready to throw in the trowel.  Well, it’s at this time of year that it is doubly important for pollinators to have a wide variety of nectar on which to feed.  They are nearing the end of their season, and need lots of nutrients (sugar) to overwinter.

August 12, 2016

Webinarswith Popcorn and Pop on Thursdays at 6:30 in the large conference room at the Extension Office.  Each webinars is about 2 hours.  When viewing them at the Extension Office, handouts will be available.

August 1, 2016

Gazette Article by Linn County Master Gardener, Tine Patterson

Can we talk about something here? Something not usually discussed in polite company. I love my dogs. They are a constant source of delight and I love to play with them in the garden and yard. But the grass in my yard that grows beautiful and green doesn’t stay that way very long with a houseful of dogs. 

July 21, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Linn County is hosting a farmland leasing meeting on August 18th at 6pm, at Linn County Extension Office,383 Collins Road Ne Suite 201, Cedar Rapids. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

July 19, 2016

Sometimes you find inspiration for writing a gardening article in the most unsuspecting places.  Case in point, the buzz of our office recently has been about the Quick Fire Hydrangea (Hydrangea Paniculata).  

July 6, 2016

Selecting a tree for your yard can be a daunting task and a choice you may have to live with as long as the tree is alive and you own the property. There are lots of resources for selecting the right tree such as Trees Forever, DNR, and Iowa State University Extension Service. 

June 29, 2016

I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind. Hamlet Act 3; Scene 4 William Shakespeare.

At this time of year you must learn to be cruel to be kind to some of your perennials. Cutting back healthy plants midsummer seems counterintuitive. 

June 24, 2016

This program is designed for youth in 4th-6th grade to stay home before or afterschool for short amounts of time.  The program is available as a training workshop for participants to direct deliver to youth.

June 20, 2016

As we move into the heat and humidity of mid-summer, the benign neglect required to maintain a Pollinator Habitat begins to look good.  As the heat rises, our energy seems to flag.  Add to that the humidity, and any mid-day gardening or weeding begins to look like a form of torture.  Well, leaving your garden alone during this time of year is exactly what pollinators like.  

June 14, 2016

With all of the great sales occurring in the nurseries this time of year it's hard to decide if the savings is really a good investment or if the plant will live up to your expectations. Timing is still right for annuals and perennials but trees?

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