Yard and Garden

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Yard and Garden

Yard and Garden, formerly Horticulture and Home Pest News, is filled with information about current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Horticulture and Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology.

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Keep up-to-date on gardening topics. Learn more about what is blooming around Iowa, what are some common gardening questions, frequent pests for the week, and timely tasks for the garden and landscape.

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Deadheading Herbaceous Ornamentals and Roses

Deadheading is the removal of spent flowers. For many annuals, perennials, and roses, it is an important gardening chore. Deadheading improves the appearance of many plants, encourages the formation of additional blooms, and prevents the development of unwanted fruits or seed pods.

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Summer Blooming Perennials

Many perennials like daylily and hosta bloom in the heat of summer.  Tickseed (Coreopsis), Coneflower (Echinacea), Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum), Spike speedwell (Veronica), Queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula), and yarrow (Achillea) start to bloom in June and can continue into July.   

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How to Manage Storm-Damaged Trees

Wind, ice, and snow can damage trees of all species and ages. Wind may whip trees back and forth or twist them, causing branches or trunks to fail. Ice loading—and, to a lesser extent, snow loading—results in weight accumulation on tree limbs, resulting in branch failure. After damaging storms, injured trees should be examined carefully and treated appropriately.

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Serviceberries

Serviceberries are shrubs or small trees that offer homeowners multiple seasons of interest. Their bright white flowers are one of the first harbingers of spring. The blueberry-like fruit are devoured by birds and wildlife in summer. And their brilliant and reliable yellow, orange, and/or red leaves in fall are worth the wait.

Echinacea Cheyenne Spirit - AAS Winner

AAS Winners are Great Perennials for Your Garden

All-America Selections is an independent non-profit trialing organization. AAS trial sites and display gardens are spread across the US and Canada, including nine gardens in Iowa. Reiman Gardens is both a trial site and a display garden highlighting recent winners. Be sure to visit Reiman Gardens this summer to see what’s in trials this year! 
Here are a couple of great AAS winning perennials for your garden.

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Featured Publication

Ornamental Water Features for the Midwest

Water gardens are appealing to many, but the climate in the Midwest presents some specific challenges. This book examines the many considerations to building a water garden in the Midwest and includes basic guidelines for construction, maintenance, and selecting plants.

Yard and Garden News

Yard and Garden: Strawberry Care

June 12, 2024
In this article, horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about strawberry care in the home garden.

Orchard Owners Should Be on the Lookout for Fire Blight

June 11, 2024
This year’s rainy, warm spring could be problematic for orchards due to fire blight, says a fruit crop specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Yard and Garden: Planting and Growing Eggplant

May 23, 2024
Horticulture experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on selecting, planting and growing eggplant.

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