Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

June 26, 2014

Want your yard to be the envy of the neighborhood? Read these tips from the experts at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to keep your lawn looking its best during the year’s hottest months. Learn about mowing height, fertilizing, watering and more! 

June 23, 2014

Want to garden but don't have a yard? 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. 

June 2, 2014

Also known as the 17 year "locusts", the Periodical Cicada finally digs its way to the soil surface after waiting underground for 17 long years. Each adult Periodical Circada may live only 5 or 6 weeks. During  that time the males and females mate and the females lay the eggs that are the start of the next generation - 17 years from now .

May 19, 2014

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic can help Iowans identify the mushrooms growing in their backyards and elsewhere, but cannot say whether they’re safe to eat.

 

April 30, 2014

Proper mowing practices play a vital role in helping to maintain a healthy, sustainable home lawn. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer the most frequently asked questions about lawns.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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