February 19, 1999

Three-Year Index Now Available


The authors of Horticulture Home Pest News (HHPN) provide a cumulative index to newsletter topics covered in the past three years. It is available, free of charge, to all HHPN subscribers by contacting Extension Entomology: Phone: 515-294-1101; fax: 515-294-8027; mail: 109 Insectary Building, ISU, Ames, Iowa 50011; e-mail: jpunke@iastate.edu

This article originally appeared in the February 19, 1999 issue, p. 17.

Meetings of Interest


Listed below are meetings which may be of interest to HHPN readers. The Iowa Pest Control Workshop and Shade Tree Short Course offer Commercial Pesticide applicators the opportunity to fulfill their Continuing Instruction requirement for 1999.

Iowa Pest Control Workshop

February 22, 1999
Scheman Continuing Education Building
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Program Information: Donald Lewis

Horticultural Therapy Conference

February 24, 1999
Des Moines Botanical Center
Program Information: Linda Naeve
515-292-7778

Using Horticultural Oil Sprays for Pest Control


Various oils have been used to control insect and mite pests for hundreds of years. Recently, however, renewed attention has focused on the use of oils as a "natural" substitute for traditional insecticides.

Selecting and Planting Petunias


Selecting and Planting Petunias

Petunias have been one of the most popular flowering annuals for years. Their popularity can be attributed to several desirable traits. Petunias are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and are available in a wide range of colors, flower forms, and growth habits.

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