County News

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.

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.

March 16, 2012

Being conscious of our choices is the best practice for sustainable living. Here are some ideas of how we can do that from Extension Family Life Specialist, Kristi Copper

March 12, 2012

Parenting can be a challenge especially when your children throw tantrums. Listen to this researcher as he discusses the emotions related to these outburts.

March 12, 2012

Grandparents are playing a bigger financial role in the lives of their grandchildren. This can put an economic strain on their own financial future. What do grandparents need to take into consideration to prevent this from happening?

March 12, 2012

Once a gardener decides to start seeds and has a good growing place at home with the proper conditions it's time to figure out what to grow. Here are some tips for selecting the right seeds for you.

February 27, 2012

In ISU Extension and Outreach Family Life Specialist Kristi Cooper's Eco Family Blog she discusses the benefits of adding native plants to her yard and some ideas of how you can implement these plants in your own landscape and the benefits of doing s

February 23, 2012

Starting seeds indoors isn't rocket science but it does have a few challenges. The key is to provide a thriving environment. Follow these tips from Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery to successfully grow your plants from seeds.

February 21, 2012

Whether you are planning for the next office staff meeting or a large workshop for clients - consider these recommendations for making it healthier and more sustainable.

February 6, 2012

Weekly lawn and garden tips from ISU Linn County Extension Master Gardeners

December 8, 2011

Research shows that people who choose simpler lifestyles, nurture meaningful relationships and have a connection to nature are happier and healthier. Subscribe to the Eco-Family Blog and learn how to do just that!

April 5, 2011

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) is making a change in the location of pesticide applicator testing. Learn about these and find information about the testing locations and dates in our area.

February 10, 2010

Do you have a talent or skill that you would like to share with youth? Learn more about being a 4-H volunteer today!

December 14, 2009

Helping youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

June 17, 2009

Have you ever picked a bouquet of flowers only to have them wilt within hours? Try these tips to extend the life of your fresh cut flowers.

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