August 19, 2016

Harvesting Grapes


Grapes must be harvested at the right stage of maturity to ensure high quality.  There are several indicators of grape maturity.  Berry color, size, sweetness, and flavor are the most useful indicators. 
 

Master Gardener Training Begins in September


Iowans who want to become a Master Gardener can complete the core training course this fall through an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office.  But you must hurry!

 

Classes start in mid-September 2016 and applications are due before September 1 at your local Extension office.  

 

Caring for Lawns in Fall


Fall is a perfect time to prepare lawns for the upcoming year with seeding, aeration and fertilization. Learn more about fall lawn care in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from August 18, 2016.

Proper Care of Peonies


Peonies are a beautiful part of any landscape, and they thrive in Iowa. However, they do require some special care and conditions, and can develop problems which must be addressed.  Learn more about best care in practices for peonies in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from August 11, 2016.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - August 19, 2016

Side-by-side comparison of yellowjacket and honey bee

The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic. Visit the PIDC's Facebook page to ask questions and for updates and more pictures.