July 21, 1993

Water Gardens

Water is used in the landscape to create areas of calm and restfulness (though that certainly hasn't been the case throughout the midwest this year). Water features are not difficult to incorporate as long as important considerations are kept in mind. Two basic styles of water gardens exist, formal and informal. Formal pools have symmetric or geometric shapes and are appropriately used with neatly pruned shrubs and trees, in the middle of a large expanse of lawn, or as a focal point of a garden. The effect created is that of order and clear planning.

Poor Fruiting Vegetable Crops

The cool, rainy weather this spring and summer has led to disease problems on trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, and turfgrass. The cool, wet weather has also affected fruiting of some vegetable crops.

Waterlogged Soils and Turf

The heavy rains this spring and summer have waterlogged many Iowa soils. Waterlogged soils limit soil aeration and will affect the growth and development of lawn grasses. The effects of waterlogged soils on turfgrass growth are a shallow root system, reduced leaf quality, reduced plant vigor, and increased disease activity.