Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

July 3, 2014

The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy summer squash from the garden, but successful growers must clear hurdles to gain a bountiful harvest. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on the best ways to have a fruitful summer squash crop this year, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.
June 26, 2014

Summer marks the season when your lawn can look its best – if you know how to maintain it properly. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to keep your lawn looking sharp during the year’s hottest months, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

June 23, 2014

Container gardens are an excellent way to grow plants in limited spaces. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on choosing containers and plants, and some ways to make sure they thrive. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

June 9, 2014

Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Strawberry plants require full sun, well-drained soils and good management to produce abundant, sweet fruit. Horticulturists with Iowa State Univesity Extension and Outreach provide care and management information for the home gardener. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline at hortline@iastate.edu or 515-294-3081.

June 2, 2014

Complete control of weeds in the home lawn or garden is not a practical goal for many homeowners. A more realistic approach is to minimize weed populations through various control measures. Iowa State University horticulturists provide guidance on weed control methods. To have additional questions answered, contact Hortline, the ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture hotline, at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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