February 14, 2014

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Black Hawk County, Iowa


The emerald ash borer (EAB) was positively identified on January 29, 2014, in several city trees in Waterloo, IA, making Black Hawk County the sixth location where this invasive beetle has been fou

Pruning Trees


Trees are pruned for health, safety, and appearance reasons.  Two important aspects of pruning are timing and technique. 

Iowa Statewide Quarantine Established for Emerald Ash Borer


The entire state of Iowa has been quarantined for the emerald ash borer (EAB) by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on February 4, 2014.

Plants Affected by Frigid Temperatures


Cold enough for you?  At least you have a coat to wear and can get inside out of the worst weather.  Tree and shrubs stand outdoors where winter can be tough on them.

Morel Mushroom Certification Workshops Planned for March and April


ISU Extension and Outreach is again offering certification workshops for anyone wishing to sell morel mushrooms in Iowa.  Everyone selling morel mushrooms in Iowa must be certified and the certification earned by attending the workshop is for three years.  See the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from February 10, 2014 for more information on the workshops to be held in Ames in late March and early April.

Starting Vegetable Plants


Warm-season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplant are planted in the garden as small plants (transplants).

Root Rots of Houseplants


Houseplants grow very little during winter months and it can be challenging to keep them healthy.