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Be Alert for Diseased Rhododendrons in Iowa

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:49
Homeowners, gardeners and landscape managers are advised to be on alert for diseased rhododendrons. A total of six Midwestern states have confirmed Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in rhododendron plants that were shipped to retail nurseries across the region.

Yard and Garden: River Birch Tree Care

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 08:19
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach describe a few common issues river birch trees experience and steps for treating them.

Yard and Garden: Bell Peppers

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 16:01
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain problems that gardeners may encounter in a home planting of peppers.

Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Planned for Aug. 5

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 10:51
The fruit and vegetable research taking place at Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station will be on full display for the Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Aug. 5. Specific projects include high tunnels, organic vegetable production, pepper and sweet potato production, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps and pollinators.

Yard and Garden: Caring for Dogwoods

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 11:17
Dogwoods can be attractive additions to home landscapes, but certain insects and diseases can diminish their beauty. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain what to do if you find spittlebugs, Septoria leaf spot or golden canker on these shrubs.

Yard and Garden: Harvesting Cole Crops

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 09:28
Cole crops is the general term used to describe broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and kohlrabi. Learn when to harvest these vegetables for nutritious, high quality produce.

Demonstration Garden Field Days Will Offer Tips Statewide

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:39
Home gardeners will learn about growing sweet corn, cut flowers and tomatoes during this year’s Demonstration Garden Field Days, hosted by the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and ISU Extension and Outreach.

Gypsy Moth Aerial Treatments Planned for Allamakee and Jackson Counties

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:30
Low flying airplanes may be heard and seen by residents of Allamakee and Jackson counties next week. The planes will be releasing a mating disruptor to control the gypsy moth, an invasive pest that is destructive to trees and shrubs.

Yard and Garden: Selecting Perennials

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 13:52
When it comes to perennials, putting the right plant in the right garden location is key to plant survival with minimal gardener input. Iowa State University horticulturists guide gardeners to Iowa hardy perennials, and point out ideal growing conditions.

Yard and Garden: Lawn Care in Summer

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 15:52
The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance provided, so this week, Iowa State horticulturists answer questions related to summer lawn care.

Honey Producers Plan Field Day at Horticulture Research Station

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:28
Beekeepers will get a full day of instruction and hands-on learning from Iowa State experts, and apiary experts from across the state at the Iowa Honey Producers Association summer field day June 15.

Yard and Garden: Homegrown Strawberries

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:25
Homegrown strawberries are a favorite of nearly everyone, relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Give strawberries full sun, well-drained soils, and with a little care there will be berries to harvest and enjoy.

Yard and Garden: When Sawfly Larvae Visit the Garden

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 08:52
Horticulturists tell us that several common sawflies found in Iowa are bothersome to gardeners. Sawfly larvae look like caterpillars and feed on leaves like caterpillars, but sawflies are wasps.

Vegetable Growers Also Face Flooding Issues

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 13:22
Although specialty crops were not yet planted when flooding occurred this spring, crops could still be at risk from chemical and biological contaminants. An article in the May edition of Acreage Living has more information.

Broccoli Production Field Day Planned in Iowa

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 13:00
Iowans who want to know more about growing broccoli should consider attending the Broccoli Production Field Day, June 4 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station.

Yard and Garden: Growing Garden Peonies

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:23
The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing season. If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years.

Produce Safety Training for Volunteers

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 12:01
To help keep Iowans safe, the ISU Extension and Outreach food safety team is offering Safe Produce for Donation workshops in five locations this summer.

Yard and Garden: Removing Moss from Lawns

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:00
Iowa’s plentiful rainfall the last 18 months contributes to growth of moss infestations in lawns. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach tell how to eradicate moss for home lawns.

Yard and Garden: Impatiens Brighten Gardens

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:16
Impatiens are a bright, cheerful annual that gardeners use to light up dark and shady areas of the yard and garden. Knowing a few things about impatiens care makes them quite easy to grow.

Yard and Garden: Weed Control in Small Fruits

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 10:45
Weeds compete with small fruit plants for the elements needed to grow and produce fruit, which means gardeners need to be diligent about weed control.