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Yard and Garden: Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:08
October is the best time to plant tulip and other spring-flowering bulbs. Make your selections and purchase bulbs, then follow the planting recommendations of ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists to color your spring garden with floral beauty.

Yard and Garden: Applying Broadleaf Herbicide to Lawn

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:30
Fall is the best time to apply broadleaf herbicides for weed control in Iowa lawns, but take care to do it properly and effectively. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain timing, applying and getting good results with broadleaf herbicides.

Yard and Garden: Oak Tree Abnormalities

Fri, 08/30/2019 - 08:48
Twelve species of oak trees are native to Iowa. Frequently found in landscapes and timbers across the state, they provide shelter, food and nesting cover for a variety of Iowa wildlife. Several symptoms that may be observed in oak trees are explained by Iowa State horticulturists.

Iowa Turfgrass Field and Demo Day to Feature Innovative Technology

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 13:57
Turfgrass managers and students will get an update on current issues and new technology during the Iowa Turfgrass Field and Demo Day Sept. 11.

Yard and Garden: Thatch and Fall Removal

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 16:23
Thatch can be problematic and beneficial to lawns. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach answer questions about thatch and fall removal.

Yard and Garden: Planting Lilies

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:50
Grown from bulbs, lilies are perennial flowers that will return year after year and require minimal care, provided they are planted in the right place. Horticulturists with ISU Extension and Outreach answer questions about planting lilies.

Yard and Garden: Harvesting Potatoes

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:51
ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about harvesting and storing potatoes grown for fall and winter use.

Yard and Garden: Harvesting Melons

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:36
Few fruits are more refreshing on a warm summer day than melon. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to know when it is time to harvest melons.

Yard and Garden: Late Season Peony Care

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:03
Peonies can thrive up to 100 years if maintained properly. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about late season peony care, specifically when to divide the plant and cut back foliage.

Yard and Garden: Late Season Peonie Care

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:03
Peonies can thrive up to 100 years if maintained properly. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about late season peony care, specifically when to divide the plant and cut back foliage.

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.

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