Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

April 1, 2020

With spring now upon us, Iowa’s forest floors and acreages are gradually turning green. And while many of the plants that are emerging are beneficial, some are also considered invasive and should be controlled.

March 26, 2020

There’s a popular saying that goes "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” Spring is an excellent time to plant trees in Iowa. Trees can be purchased as container-grown, balled and burlapped, and bare-root plants. By following proper planting procedures, bare-root trees can be successfully established in the landscape.

March 24, 2020

AMES, Iowa  Contrary to the snow and cold temperatures some Iowa residents received this past weekend, it is officially spring, according to the calendar at least. This is a good time to be thinking about your spring and summer lawn care. Working in the yard or garden can also be a good distraction while dutifully following social distancing guidelines.

March 10, 2020

For some home gardeners, pruning shrubs is a difficult, confusing chore. However, it’s not difficult if you know the proper time to prune shrubs and understand basic pruning practices.

March 5, 2020

AMES, Iowa – In cooperation with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) 2020 webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 26 and April 15.

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

Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • 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.

  •  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.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

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