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
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How do I have my garden soil tested? Read more about Ask the ISU Extension Garden Experts
Soil is a complex living system made up of minerals, organic materials, water and air. Physical properties such as soil texture (soil particle size) and soil structure (how particles are held together) determine air and water movement which in turn affects plant growth. Read more about Yard and Garden: Soil
High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses that allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier and later than field-grown crops. However, soil around a high tunnel can erode or become saturated after rainfall. This potential problem has been turned into an asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about New Resource Shows Rainwater Catchment System for High Tunnel Irrigation
Composting is a relatively easy, inexpensive procedure yielding valuable humus that can be returned to garden soil, or used as mulch around landscape plantings. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach give tips on composting yard wastes. Read more about Yard and Garden: Composting Leaves
Early spring is a great time for amending the garden soil, and getting it prepared for the upcoming growing season. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach talk about changes to soil pH when adding ashes and lime to gardens, soil core aerification and soil testing. Read more about Yard and Garden: Soil pH and Testing
Radish is a cool-season, fast-maturing, easy-to-grow vegetable. Garden radishes can be grown wherever there is sun and moist, fertile soil, even on the smallest city lot. Read more about Yard and Garden: Radishes
To enjoy the beauty of daffodils in spring, gardeners must plant daffodils in the fall. There are several thousand daffodil varieties, but standard planting practices, including how to force daffodils indoors. Read more about Yard and Garden: Planting Daffodils
Mums offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of maintenance. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach tell how to get the most enjoyment out of mums. Read more about Yard and Garden: Chrysanthemums
Farmers are reminded to wait until soil temperatures remain below 50 degrees Fahrenheit before applying anhydrous ammonia (NH3) fertilizer this fall. Harvest is progressing rapidly in many parts of the state and officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach said that waiting can help reduce nitrogen loss and better protects the environment. Read more about Farmers Reminded to Wait until Soil Temps Are 50 Degrees and Falling before Applying Anhydrous Ammonia Fertilizer