April 11, 2014

Spring Care of Strawberry Plants


Strawberries are hardy, easy to grow and produce a good crop with moderate effort, making them well suited to home gardens.

Tobacco Mosaic Virus Outbreak on Petunias


Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) is a plant disease that can infect over 300 different species of plants. This disease was recently reported to be causing severe problems in the U.S.

Periodical Cicadas Return to Iowa in 2014


It’s been a long wait but it is almost over!  This is the year that Brood III of the periodical cicadas (a.k.a.

Application of Preemergence Herbicides to Lawns in 2014


Crabgrass is a common weed in many lawns.  Crabgrass is an annual, warm-season grass.  Germination of crabgrass seeds usually begins about mid-April in southern Iowa, early May in norther