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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Audubon and Guthrie Counties

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 09:13
Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Audubon and Guthrie counties for the first time. EAB larvae were collected from infested trees in rural Exira (Audubon County) and Casey (Guthrie County). The invasive, tree-killing pest has been found in 71 Iowa counties since 2010.

Yard and Garden: Control Scale and Mealybugs in Houseplants

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 13:27
Scale and mealybugs are two common insect pests on houseplants. Horticulture specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach share information on these pests and how to control their spread.

February Shade Tree Short Course Covers More Than Trees

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 13:59
The 2020 edition of Iowa State University’s Shade Tree Short Course promises another event of professional presentations, demonstrations, certifications and networking.

Yard and Garden: Caring for Short Term Houseplants

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:24
Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer directions for caring for several short term flowering houseplants.

Master Gardeners Plan Winter Webcast Series

Thu, 01/02/2020 - 09:24
Beginning in February, the Master Gardener program will provide a winter webcast series in county extension offices across the state. Webcast topics include climate change, native plants, and tips for designing gardens that encourage children to spend time outdoors.

Yard and Garden: Oak Tree and Wild Rose Are Iowa Symbols

Wed, 12/18/2019 - 15:06
Iowa has five official symbols, as designated by the Iowa Legislature, including the state tree (oak) and flower (wild rose).

Yard and Garden: Houseplant Care during Winter

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:23
Growing conditions for houseplants are less than ideal during the winter months. Horticulture specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach say that good consistent care should keep them healthy and attractive.

Yard and Garden: Enjoy a Holiday Poinsettia

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:34
Add brilliant color to your home decor with a live poinsettia this holiday season. Follow the recommendations of Iowa State University horticulture specialists for easy caregiving and enjoyment.

Chinese Chestnuts Can Make a Valuable Addition for Iowans

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 10:57
Patrick O’Malley, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, explains the planting and growing of Chinese chestnuts in the November-December edition of the Acreage Living Newsletter.

Iowa Study Offers New Insights on Honey Bee Health in Ag Landscapes

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 08:45
Some blame farming practices, in particular, the intensive corn and soybean production systems in the Midwest for the tough times honey bees are facing. New research by Iowa State University and University of Illinois scientists offers a more nuanced view of the role of agriculture in honey bee health than what has been previously known.

Yard and Garden: How to Select and Care for Fresh Christmas Trees

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 14:45
The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally when most Christmas tree buying occurs. Whether you cut your own tree or buy a pre-cut tree there are several things to consider before buying and when selecting a fresh tree.

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.