Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

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 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.

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. 

Linn County Extension Master Gardeners:
 

HORTLINE: (319) 447-0647   |  TV schedule
 

Who are Master Gareners? How can you become a Master Gardener?
 

Request a Master Gardener speaker for your organization
 

Information for Master Gardeners & Interns - Germinator, Hortline schedule, service forms
 

The People's Garden at Hiawatha Elementary School

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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