Extra care should be taken when applying any fertilizer or pesticide to the lawn. The lawn is like a sponge and is very good at trapping water and reducing runoff, but it does no good if lawn care products are spread onto hard surfaces like sidewalks and driveways and then washed into the storm water drainage system. Do your part to sweep or blow granular products back into the lawn where they stay put. Read more about Spring Lawn Care
As the growing season gears up, it is also a great time to start fertilizing plants for a healthy garden. But figuring out how and when to use fertilizers can be confusing and improper fertilization can be harmful to plants. Here are a few commonly asked questions about fertilizers. Read more about Frequently Asked Questions About Fertilizers
Although my forsythia shrubs are vigorous and healthy, they don’t bloom well. Why?
Should I fertilize my June-bearing strawberries in spring?
When is the best time to divide hostas? Read more about Ask the ISU Experts
Fall is a busy time for gardeners. With so much to do, lawn care is sometimes neglected. However, proper lawn care in fall helps ensure an attractive, healthy lawn next season. Important fall lawn care practices include mowing, fertilizing, controlling broadleaf weeds and raking. Read more about Yard and Garden: Autumn Lawn Care
To explain how to take good soil samples, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a new publication, "Take a Good Soil Sample to Help Make Good Fertilization Decisions." Read more about Proper Soil Sampling Can Lead to Better Yields and Profits
Planting small fruits in gardens is a popular part of spring. But some need more support than others. When is it right to fertilize small fruits? Or should it be done at all? Read more about Yard and Garden: Fertilizing Small Fruits for Spring
The Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator is available to help farmers find the maximum return to nitrogen fertilizer applications and the most profitable application rate for their farm. Having adequate nitrogen available is critical for corn production, but given the high prices for fertilizer it is important farmers determine the right amount that is needed on their crops. Read more about Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator Helps Farmers Determine Fertilizer Needs, Protects Environment
The overall appearance of a lawn is directly related to the maintenance, including the mowing, watering, fertilizing and grub control. Read more about Yard and Garden: Summer Lawn Care