Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

June 19, 2018

Gardeners successfully grow a wide variety of roses in sunny Iowa garden areas. Follow these tips on deadheading, watering and Japanese beetle removal to keep roses attractive throughout the summer.

June 12, 2018

A well-timed plan, and ability to stick with the plan for several years, is critical to being able to improve the health and appearance of a yard. A new extension publication provides a management and action plan that runs from March through November, giving instruction for yard maintenance activities for spring, summer and fall.

June 11, 2018

Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Learn how to maintain productivity of a home garden strawberry planting.

June 4, 2018

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. 

May 31, 2018

Follow these tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting.

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.

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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

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