March 13, 2015

Spring Fruit Tree Care


Pruning, spraying and other practices are key to good fruit production from your backyard orchard.  See the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard & Garden news release from March 4, 2015, for tips on the spring time care of fruit trees.

Start Flower and Vegetable Plants Indoors for the Summer Garden


 Spring will be here soon and one way to get a jump-start on spring planting is by germinating seeds and starting flower and vegetable plants.

Proper Time to Prune Trees and Shrubs


An important aspect of pruning is knowing when to prune plants.  Proper timing helps to insure attractive, healthy, productive plants.  The proper time to prune trees and shrubs in the yard and garden are indicated below. 

New Consortium Launched to Conserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Iowa


The iconic monarch butterfly has faced a variety of challenges for the past two decades and populations have declined to the point where it is now being considered for "threatened status" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.