County News

January 8, 2013

Getting Your Hands Dirty and Your Feet Wet Again is a compilation of gardening information, personal experiences, and answers to common garden questions. 

ISU Linn County Extension has moved to Cedar Rapids from Marion
December 3, 2012

ISU Extension Linn County is officially part of Cedar Rapids!  Come visit us at our new location on Collins Road - close to Lindale Mall.

force spring bulbs crocus in February
November 19, 2012

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have crocus bulbs to bloom in February!  It doesn’t seem to be difficult – the hardest part is going to be finding room in the fridge!  You can try it, too.

Mary Dlouhy Alburnett receives Iowa Pride of Extension Award
November 19, 2012

She is the first to greet you with a smile when you walk through the door of ISU Linn County Extension in Marion and the first to greet you with a cheery hello when you phone the office.

death unclaimed life insurance poilicy help for parents
October 11, 2012

When someone loses a spouse in death it’s very easy for them to lose track of their finances at the same time.  As a result there are billions in unclaimed life insurance policies.  What can you do to prevent this from happening to  your parent?

credit card number stolen what should you do
October 11, 2012

Have you ever received this message on your cell phone: “your credit card number has been stolen; please call back”?  After you call your credit card company to resolve the issue what other steps should you take?

make your office greener use cloth napkins
October 4, 2012

I have had fun watching the gradual “greening” of  our office practices over the last few years.   As staff come and go it is interesting to see which practices have been introduced, which ones go away after an individual leaves and which ones stick around.  Could your office implement some of these ideas to make it "greener"?

what to do if you or your child is bullied
October 2, 2012

Learn why bystanders play an important role in bullying prevention and intervention and what they can do.  As well as the most helpful and least helpful stategies to use if you are being bullied.

clematis vine add vertical interest to landscape
August 21, 2012

Think up, not out – and add a little vertical interest to your landscape with vines! Most vines are low-maintenance; fast growing and can even add shade to a sunny spot.

japanese beetle
July 30, 2012

Learn more about this summer pest and some of the best ways to deter them from eating your plants.

Tips to Conserve water fix leaky faucets
July 26, 2012

Although we cannot change the weather, there are ways we can conserve water use in our households. I encourage families to post this list at home and challenge all family members to find new ways to conserve water.

drought chopped corn silage can be toxic to livestock
July 26, 2012

When a corn plant is stunted, or not growing normally, nitrates can build up in the plant. Typically, nitrogen that is taken up by the corn plant is converted to amino acids ― the building blocks of protein ― but in the stressed plant this conversion does not occur. And that’s why producers need to know how to handle and feed drought-damaged corn in silage form. 

empty raingauge
July 16, 2012

I am on tap to convert another patch of lawn into a  low/no maintenance garden no matter what the weather.  My goals continue to be to conserve water and soil, improve soil, increase food production and reduce maintenance.

drought stress trees
July 12, 2012

Iowans are noticing changes in their trees this summer and asking Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists about symptoms that may indicate stress or decline in the health of their trees. The specialists answer several of those questions.

Iowa plants lawn garden facing drought stress
July 12, 2012

This year's lack of rainfall, wind and high temperatures are contributing to drought stress in our landscapes.  But what is drought stress and what are the symptoms?

watering plants in drought or low rainfall conditions
June 21, 2012

We have not experienced such low rainfall for at least 10 years, so folks may want to start thinking about their priorities for watering our gardens and landscapes.

mulch
May 31, 2012

It's one of those early year garden tasks that I do not look forward to but that is essential for garden maintenance and health throughout the growing season.

May 24, 2012

There are lots of advantages to raised bed gardening. Learn about some of these and how to do this method of gardening correctly.

March 22, 2012

Spending time together as a family doesn’t always have to involve money or traveling to far away places, says Kristi Cooper, a family life program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 22, 2012

Read Family Life Specialist Kristi Cooper's blog about getting her rain barrel ready for this year and get some tips for building and setting up your own rain barrel.

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