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Yard and Garden: Planting Rhubarb
(Posted on 4/10/2014)
Spring is the best time to plant rhubarb in Iowa. Iowa State University horticulturists make rhubarb planting recommendations for gardeners planting their first rhubarb patch and those maintaining an established planting.
Yard and Garden: Spring Care of Strawberry Plants
(Posted on 4/3/2014)
Strawberries are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort, making them well suited to home gardens. Early spring is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa, but don’t rush to remove mulch.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Jasper County
(Posted on 3/28/2014)
Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in a residential tree in Newton in Jasper County from a larva sample collected on March 20, 2014. Nine counties in Iowa have confirmed infestations.
Yard and Garden: Caring for Roses
(Posted on 3/27/2014)
Modern roses, such as hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas, are attractive additions to the home landscape. While roses are beautiful, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists say they do require good care.
Yard and Garden: Grow Not-So-Ordinary Berries
(Posted on 3/20/2014)
Home gardeners who like a tart tasting berry or just want to grow a not-so-ordinary berry might consider planting cornelian cherries, jostaberries, honeyberries or serviceberries.
2014 Siouxland Garden Show Introduces Local Food Sources
(Posted on 3/18/2014)
Celebrate the arrival of spring at the 2014 Siouxland Garden Show on March 28–30 at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City.
Yard and Garden: Pruning Shrubs in Spring
(Posted on 3/13/2014)
Pruning is the selective removal of specific plant parts for the benefit of the whole plant. Horticulturists offer recommendations for pruning common home landscape shrubs.
Yard and Garden: Grape Vine and Willow Propagation, Forcing Spring Blooms
(Posted on 3/6/2014)
Propagate grape vines and willows by hardwood cuttings; force the blooms of spring flowering trees and shrubs by selecting branches containing round, plump buds. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain how.
Yard and Garden: Growing Fruit Trees
(Posted on 2/27/2014)
With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries – even homeowners with only small yard space.
Yard and Garden: When to Prune
(Posted on 2/20/2014)
In a single motion pruning demonstrates both the art and science of horticulture. Understanding how plants grow, why pruning is necessary and which tools to use can remove the mystery surrounding this routine practice.

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