April 4, 2012

Daffodil Care in the Home Garden


Daffodils are a welcome sign of spring, but what do you do after they have bloomed?

Perennials for the Home Garden


Perennials, flowering plants that live for many years and come up from the ground each spring, can be the backbone of your landscape and can be grown in nearly any garden location – sunny, shady, wet, dry, border or background. See the ISU Extension and Outreach Yard & Garden news release from April 4, 2012 for information on perennial maintenance and recommend perennials to meet specifications of many gardeners.

Ticks Are Plentiful This Spring


As we head outdoors to enjoy the warm weather you should also bear in mind the insects are also responding to the warm temperatures and becoming active as well. Ticks have been active for several weeks already this year.  So far this year the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic has received only samples of the black-legged tick (also called the deer tick) which is a known carrier of Lyme disease. 

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - April 4, 2012


The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic:
 

Understanding Frost


This has been a spring for the record books, with high temperatures and early development of fruit plants. As many of us feared, temperatures are dropping and we are at risk for frost through

Mild Winter Weather and Plant Diseases


We have been receiving questions about the effect of unseasonably high temperatures on plant diseases this year.