Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

July 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 revealed the crucial role local food systems can play in community food security. The nation’s food systems practitioners have identified professional development opportunities as a pressing need in addressing issues of food security and equity. A national team of researchers and practitioners led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed a national database for both practitioners and educational resources related to a previous project for food systems core competencies

July 16, 2021

Iowa’s commercial horticulture industry contributes $48 million to the state’s economy each year and provides fresh fruits and vegetables to Iowa consumers. Gov. Kim Reynolds recognized the value of this segment of agriculture by designating July 26-30, 2021, as Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Week.

June 21, 2021

Maple trees can provide a beautiful addition to a landscape as well as shade for the owners. As with all trees and shrubs, they can get pests. Here are some common questions and answers about maple tree pests from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists. 

June 18, 2021

The recent warm weather has many people wondering if they need to water their lawns to combat the dry conditions. This week’s “Yard and Garden” from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tackles questions about watering home lawns with expert advice from Adam Thoms, assistant professor in horticulture and turfgrass extension specialist with Iowa State University.

June 10, 2021

Iowans continue to deal with and recover from the impact of the derecho that swept through the state a year ago this August. The massive loss of trees — over 80,000 in Cedar Rapids alone — coupled with the spread of the emerald ash borer across the state, prompted many citizens to plant and now care for freshly planted trees.

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

Statewide Resources

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

  • A collection of encylopedia articles focused on common insects and dieases found around the house, in yards and throughout gardens.

  • Central location for all pesticide safety education resources including Pesticide Applicator Certification information.

  • Horticulture and Home Pest News is a one-stop-shop for all news and resources related to horticulture and home pests. This website is curated by our horticulture, plant pathology and entomology extension specialists with new information being added frequently.

  • Focused on developing strategies that enhance crop production, soil health, and cropping system profitability in vegetable cropping systems in Iowa.

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