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Yard and Garden: Safely Handle Fresh-cut Christmas Trees
(Posted on 12/17/2014)
Live, fresh-cut Christmas trees can add life and vibrancy to any home at this time of year. But they do come with some issues which should be addressed for maximum enjoyment and safety.
Tips Help Small Farm Owners Prepare for Winter
(Posted on 12/17/2014)
Acreage Living online newsletter offers timely information. In the December issue, specialists give insights on how to protect acreage landscaping and optimize home energy use during the winter.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Counties in Southern Iowa
(Posted on 12/15/2014)
Emerald Ash Borer has been positively identified in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion and Monroe counties in southern Iowa.
Yard and Garden: Pruning Oak Trees in Winter
(Posted on 12/11/2014)
Winter is the best time to prune oak trees in Iowa, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to prune safely and smartly.
Yard and Garden: Making the Most of Holiday Poinsettias
(Posted on 12/3/2014)
Poinsettias are associated with the holidays and make the season bright. Learn how to select and care for the perfect poinsettia.
Yard and Garden: Keeping Your Holiday Plants Blooming
(Posted on 11/19/2014)
Holiday flowers are great additions to seasonal decorating  -  if they bloom. With special care, holiday flowers can become perennial and beautiful for years to come.
Yard and Garden: Protecting Trees and Shrubs Against Rabbits in Winter
(Posted on 11/12/2014)
Winter brings food scarcity, which makes your landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs if you aren’t proactive.
Yard and Garden: Properly Mulch Strawberries for Winter
(Posted on 11/5/2014)
While winter is not growing season for strawberries, taking care of strawberry plants remains vitally important. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on the ins and outs about mulching strawberries for winter.
Yard and Garden: Prepare Garden Supplies for Winter
(Posted on 10/29/2014)
Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the best way to prepare yard and garden supplies for winter so they’ll be ready for use when spring rolls around.
Yard and Garden: Selecting and Growing Amaryllis for the Holidays
(Posted on 10/22/2014)
Amaryllis are the perfect holiday flower. Learn how to select and plant them for holiday blooms.

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