Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is a prairie plant native to North America that will add softness to any home garden, especially around a border. Other suitable planting areas include rock gardens, prairies and pastures, and along roadsides. It has a low, fountain-like appearance, with leaves that fall gracefully towards the ground. Plains Indians used the seeds to make flour and birds seek the seeds as food.
A revised Iowa Master Conservationist program will be offered in Mt. Pleasant this fall. Iowa Master Conservationist is an ISU Extension and Outreach program that teaches about wildlife and plant communities, and provides accurate information on a broad range of conservation issues.
To obtain maximum yields through increased berry size, raspberries must be pruned properly. Pruning procedures are based on the growth and fruiting characteristics of the plants, say ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists.
Peonies can thrive up to 100 years if maintained properly. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about peony care, specifically how and when to divide the plant.