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Growing Together Mini Grantees Donate More Than 100,000 Pounds of Produce in 2019

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 10:21
Master Gardener volunteers with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continue to improve the lives and communities of Iowans. Twenty-two counties across the state received Growing Together Mini-Grants in 2019, which resulted in about 115,000 pounds of produce being donated to nearby pantries.

Yard and Garden: Snow and Landscape Plants

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 08:52
Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University share information about how snow can either benefit or damage landscape plants.

Yard and Garden: Late Autumn Perennial Care

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 15:56
Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University share information about when to delay cutting back perennials and which perennials need mulch protection from extreme winter temperature fluctuations that cause heaving.

Yard and Garden: Over-wintering Potted Plants

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 13:30
It’s hard enough to keep perennials in the ground alive during Iowa’s extreme winters. It’s much harder to over-winter potted trees, shrubs and plants. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists offer several ways to over-winter potted plants.

Twelve Months of Butterflies Highlight the 2020 Garden Calendar

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 15:31
Butterflies are highlighted in the 2020 Garden Calendar that also includes important planting, harvesting and cultural practices information.

Yard and Garden: Give Strawberry Plants Winter Protection

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 16:01
It's time to think about protecting strawberry plants from the winter elements. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to properly mulch strawberries to provide protection against winter injury.

High Tunnels Are Focus of Upcoming Short Course

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 13:38
A high tunnel short course will be held at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Master Gardener ‘Class on Campus’ Returns to Iowa State

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:31
The Master Gardener training event known as “Class on Campus” was offered Oct. 19, to 245 Master Gardener trainees at the Scheman Building on the campus of Iowa State University, Ames.

Yard and Garden: Add Autumn Color with Grasses

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:33
Native and ornamental grasses are wonderful for adding multiple seasons of interest in the garden. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists recommend native and ornamental grasses with good fall color.

Yard and Garden: Prevent Wildlife Damage to Trees and Shrubs

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 13:52
Protect trees and shrubs in the home landscape to limit damage done by wildlife during winter. Voles, rabbits and deer can cause severe damage to plants in the winter by feeding on twigs, bark, leaves and stems.

Yard and Garden: Getting Rid of Autumn Leaves

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 09:17
It's the time of year that homeowners must decide when and how to remove fallen leaves, before the Iowa winter freezes them in place. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists respond to questions about removing and using autumn leaves.

Yard and Garden: Apples with Blemishes

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 15:26
Apple trees are a treat in a home garden, but they are susceptible to a variety of diseases. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify several causes of apple blemishes and how to reduce their presence.

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.