Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

March 21, 2017

MG Article by Tina Patterson.

Water. One of the basics of life.  But over and under watering are two of the major reasons plants might fail. Water consumption varies with species, season of the year, ambient humidity, room temperature, and soil conditions. Research your plants water requirements online or at the garden center. 

March 21, 2017

MG Article by Linda Skvor.

Admittedly, my initial interest in composting was less about saving the environment and more about avoiding additional garbage bags.  We are a family that rarely eats out, and we consume a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and coffee.   So, instead of buying bag tags we decided to invest in a small compost bin.

March 21, 2017

MG Article by Richard Jauron and Greg Wallace.

Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth.

February 15, 2017

Article by Denise Klemp

Many of us are having a great time looking through the seed catalogs that have recently arrived in the mail.  Catalogs are a great source of information, highlighting new plant varieties, giving us fresh ideas for the planting season, and providing brief descriptions of plants along with essential requirements for growing success.  

February 7, 2017

MG Article by Linda Skvor

That small window of opportunity to trim oak trees (December through the end of February) is quickly nearing its end, so if you still have this item on your winter to-do list, better get to it soon.  So why only a few months to prune my oaks?  Oaks are susceptible to oak wilt, a fungal disease which is spread by sap-feeding beetles.  

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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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