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Beat The Heat With These Watering Strategies

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:23
Hot and cool, wet and dry, Iowa weather can be inconsistent and the changes dramatic, which can negatively impact plants. On this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulture experts about how the heat of an Iowa summer affects our plants. And we get some advice on watering strategies to keep your plants happy and healthy. Also during the program, Charity and our panel of horticulture experts answer listener questions on all things green and growing. Guests include: Richard Jaron : Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Aaron Steil : Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens, Ames Mark Vitosh : DNR Forrester

Summer Rose Care

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 13:41
On this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames about how you can get the most out of your roses and how to pick the right plants for your landscape.

Spring Showers Bring Aquatic Insects

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 12:36
Iowa's rivers and streams are swollen with water right now and they're also teeming with insect life. On this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa Host Charity Nebbe talks with ISU Entomology Professor Donald Lewis about aquatic insects, including mayflies, dragonflies, and damselflies. He describes their life cycles and the important role they play in Iowa ecosystems. Later on in the program, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron answers IPR listener questions.

Caring For Pollinators

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:33
Pollinators are responsible for sustaining our ecosystem and producing natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Approximately 90 percent of wild flowering plants and 75 percent of food crops around the world depend on pollination for successful production.

How To Care For Peonies

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:11
This is the time of year when peonies burst forth in all their glory. Some are cultivated for their beauty as a bouquet flower, and others may just be a lovely addition to the garden. They're spectacular, they smell amazing, and but unfortunately, they don't last long.

Diagnosing Common Tree Concerns

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 14:07
We survived the polar vortex and just had a cool damp spring, but now that the weather seems to be catching up with the season, many of our trees look like they are still lagging behind. If you've been asking yourself "What's wrong with my trees?" this spring, rest assured you are not alone. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturalists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron to walk through some of the common problems effecting trees, and what we can do to mitigate them. Also in the program, Richard and Jeff answer questions from IPR listeners.

Planting And Caring For Iris

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:50
Iris is an easy-to-grow perennial flowering plant that has more than 200 species of beautiful flowers that come in many shades. Iris takes its name from the Greek Goddess of the rainbow because of its wide range of colors.

Tips For Dealing With Garden Slugs

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:43
Slugs are nocturnal and feed at night when we can’t see them. They also love to eat holes in the leaves of hosta plants. In this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Donald Lewis, a professor of entomology at Iowa State University, who has an extensive hosta collection and therefore a long-term relationship with slugs. He shares his tips on how to control and live with them. Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron also joins the program.

Hort Day: Iowa’s Flowering Trees

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 13:14
T he recent cool damp weather may be dampening spirits in Iowa, but the flowering trees have been putting on quite a show over the last couple of weeks. If these spring blossoms have inspired you to add a new tree to your landscape, the Hort Gang is here to help. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity talks to Aaron Steil, Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens in Ames, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist about how to pick the right flowering tree for your yard. They also answer listener questions.

Preventing Disease And Pest Problems This Growing Season

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 14:50
Warm weather and rain has brought a beautiful bloom across the state, and with planting season upon us it's a great time to take action to prevent common pests and diseases that can plague your garden through the growing season. On this horticulture edition of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe talks with experts about prevention and other efforts to establish a healthy garden. Guests Include: Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, plant pathologist and diagnostician at the Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Laura Iles, director and entomology diagnostician at ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Richard Jauron, extension horticulturist at ISU

Planting and Growing Tomatoes

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 11:26
On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , guest host Jason Burns talks to horticulturalist Richard Jauron and commercial vegetable production specialist Ajay Nair about when to plant tomatoes and how to care for them as they grow. Then, Jauron and Nair answer listener questions.

Good Neighbor Iowa: Challenging the Idea of a Perfect Lawn

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:02
This segment originally aired on May 3, 2017. Spraying herbicide to achieve what many consider to be the ideal lawn became a common practice in the mid-20th century. Many people stopped that practice after studies showing the health impact of human contact with common pesticides and weed killers. "The body of evidence that they are harmful to children is sobering," says Kamyar Enshayan, director of University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education. "There is significant evidence that we ought to stay away from these, and kids should not be exposed to them because of their unique vulnerabilities and frequent hand-to-mouth behavior." Enshayan says that studies found that herbicide exposure in children can lead to conditions including acute lymphocytic leukemia, brain tumors, and interference with brain development. Other concerns include pet exposure, harm to pollinators, and environmental issues relating to water runoff. Enshayan is spreading the message about

Early Spring Planting: Potatoes

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:32
On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , guest host Jason Burns talks to horticulturalists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about when to plant potatoes and how to care for them as they grow. Then, Jauron and Haynes answer listener questions along with DNR Forester Mark Vitosh.

Why House Centipedes Don't Deserve Their Bad Reputation

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:12
A house centipede is almost never a welcome house guest, but these creepy crawlies are actually beneficial creatures. On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with entomologist Donald Lewis about why centipedes and millipedes don’t deserve their bad reputation. Later in the hour, horticulturist Richard Jauron joins to answer listener questions.

Robotic Lawn Mowers and Spring Lawn Chores

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:16
The grass is starting to turn green and pretty soon it will be time to mow. How great would it be if a robot could do it for you? On today's Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Adam Thoms and Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension about robotic lawn mowers and spring lawn chores.

Get Ready For Spring Pruning!

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 09:09
It’s too early to get to work in the garden, but it is time to think about your trees and shrubs. On this Horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by horticulturists Richard Jauron and Jeff Iles along with DNR Forester Mark Vitosh. They guide us through spring pruning and answer listener questions. For more information on the art and science of pruning, check out Pruning Trees: Shade, Flowering, and Conifer by Jeff Iles at Iowa State University Extension.