April 16, 2004

Ticks in Iowa

Evidence suggests that spring may finally be arriving in Iowa. The tulips are in bloom, the redbud trees are blooming, people are busily mowing their lawns . . . and ticks are starting to become active. While ticks can occasionally be found during the cold weather months, it is the spring that triggers their greatest activity. As a result, ticks are starting to be sent to our office for identification.

Gardening on TV


Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Gardening Magazine have teamed up to produce several 2-minute gardening segments for Iowa television stations. These weekly segments currently are being broadcast in the central Iowa area on KCCI of Des Moines during the 5 o'clock news. More stations across the state may soon broadcast the segments as well. If you are out of the viewing area, you can download the current video segment from the Iowa State University Extension Web site .


This article originally appeared in the 4/16/2004 issue.


Growing Dahlias

Dahlias perform best in full sun and well-drained soil; they may rot in wet, poorly drained soils. Tuberous roots radiate out from the dahlia crown like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Viable tubers must have an eye originating from the crown portion, plus a neck that connects the crown to the body of the tuberous root.

Three New Roses for 2004

Three roses have been tested across the United States and selected as the 2004 All-American Rose Selection Winners. With these roses, their names say it all.

The first rose winner is the color of a sunrise. Day Breaker has 4-inch-wide, yellow, pink, and apricot blended flowers and is moderately fragrant. Each plant is upright and rounded and grows to 3 feet tall and wide. The compact and carefree habit of this floribunda rose would be an easy way to wake up the garden this summer.