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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.

Yard and Garden: Late Season Peony Care

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:03
Peonies can thrive up to 100 years if maintained properly. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about late season peony care, specifically when to divide the plant and cut back foliage.

Yard and Garden: Late Season Peonie Care

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:03
Peonies can thrive up to 100 years if maintained properly. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about late season peony care, specifically when to divide the plant and cut back foliage.

Be Alert for Diseased Rhododendrons in Iowa

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:49
Homeowners, gardeners and landscape managers are advised to be on alert for diseased rhododendrons. A total of six Midwestern states have confirmed Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in rhododendron plants that were shipped to retail nurseries across the region.

Yard and Garden: River Birch Tree Care

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 08:19
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach describe a few common issues river birch trees experience and steps for treating them.

Yard and Garden: Bell Peppers

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 16:01
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain problems that gardeners may encounter in a home planting of peppers.

Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Planned for Aug. 5

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 10:51
The fruit and vegetable research taking place at Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station will be on full display for the Fruit and Vegetable Field Day Aug. 5. Specific projects include high tunnels, organic vegetable production, pepper and sweet potato production, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps and pollinators.