Healthy, well maintained lawns are attractive landscape additions. Lawns in poor condition, however, are somewhat unsightly. The poor condition of a lawn may be due to poor management, heat, drought, diseases, insects or other factors. In severe cases, the existing lawn may have to be destroyed and a new one established on the site.
The cooler fall temperatures bring welcome relief from the summer heat. As we trade bare feet for shoes, the grass underfoot in our lawns is relieved to see some cooler, wetter weather. But the autumn weather also makes many fungi happy, and several fungal diseases of lawns may show up this time of year.
Finding just the right grass, however, can be intimidating; many different species and cultivars are used in home landscapes. Below are some of the many ornamental grasses readily available and suitable for Iowa gardens.
Bamboo is often associated with the Asian culture, and for good reasons. China is the largest producer of bamboo with over a third of all known species native to the area. The uses of bamboo as a raw material are quite diverse, including furniture, flooring, accessories, musical instruments, paper, food and even the leaves have certain medicinal purposes.
The time is approaching to uncover hybrid tea roses and strawberries, cut back ornamental grasses and apply dormant oil spray to fruit trees.
Summer marks the season when your lawn can look its best – if you know how to maintain it properly. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer some tips that can help.
Aeration is an important part of lawn care, but take care to aerate properly and at the correct time of the year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on the proper way to aerate a yard.
Fall’s arrival brings a natural question: Even though the weather has turned cooler, how does lawn care and preparation change? Colder weather doesn't mean lawns should be ignored.
Spring has finally sprung across Iowa, and with it, growing green grass on lawns everywhere. The hum of lawn mowers is beginning to fill the air, and that hum brings questions about proper mowing practices.
Officially, summer doesn’t begin until June 21, but Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer. With it comes the need for lawn care. It can be hot, sweaty work, but there’s no questioning its necessity.