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Turfgrass Research Is Highlight of July 23 Field Day near Ames
(Posted on 7/2/2015)
The Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station is host for the annual Iowa Turfgrass Field Day, July 23 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Evening Garden Tour with Food Tastings Is July 21 at Lyon County Fair Grounds
(Posted on 7/2/2015)
Visitors can enjoy a horticulture tour through the Lyon County Fair Grounds gardens and taste locally-sourced food at the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Garden Tour and Local Food Tasting Tuesday, July 21, in Rock Rapids.
Yard and Garden: Successfully Maintaining Summer Fruit and Vegetable Plants
(Posted on 7/1/2015)
The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy homegrown fruits. With varying weather and temperature, maintaining a healthy fruit plant can sometimes be a struggle. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to properly maintain fruit plants in the summer months to ensure high fruit production.
Yard and Garden: Dealing with Tree Abnormalities
(Posted on 6/25/2015)
Knowing how to properly care for trees and how to identify harmful tree abnormalities is a great skill for all tree owners to have. However, not all tree abnormalities are harmful. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify some tree abnormalities and explain what exactly they are.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Poweshiek County, Iowa
(Posted on 6/22/2015)
A new detection of emerald ash borer has been positively identified after a larva sample was collected from a city-owned tree in Grinnell on June 16, 2015. This brings the total of confirmed infested counties to 25 since EAB was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. This beetle kills ash tree species.
Yard and Garden: Keeping Roses Healthy
(Posted on 6/17/2015)
Several common disease problems can damage a rose’s natural beauty. Disease organisms can cause unsightly leaves, reduced flower production and result in the death of leaves or even the entire plant. Follow these tips to keep roses healthy and protected from these diseases.
Master Gardener Conference to Feature Popular Gardening Authors
(Posted on 6/16/2015)
The International Master Gardener Conference Sept. 22–25 has the theme “Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland” and will explore ways to introduce plants and animals native to the Midwest into home gardens.
Yard and Garden: Successfully Growing Azaleas and Rhododendrons
(Posted on 6/11/2015)
Azaleas and rhododendrons are spectacular flowering shrubs that can brighten any yard or garden. Even though there are many species of azaleas and rhododendrons, only a small number can successfully be grown in Iowa. Here are some tips from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach showing what steps to take to ensure successfully grown azaleas and rhododendrons.
Volunteering and Gardening Come Together on the Master Gardener Journey
(Posted on 6/10/2015)
Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall at a local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Scott and Davis Counties, Iowa
(Posted on 6/10/2015)
Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in Davenport and central rural Davis County, bringing the total of confirmed counties to 24 since it was first detected in Iowa back in 2010. This insect  kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

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