May 25, 2001

Ash Anthracnose in 2001

Reports of anthracnose on ash have been received from a number of counties across the state. The presence of this common springtime disease is usually noted when complaints are received that leaves are falling from ash trees.

Hand Thinning of Fruit Trees

Fruit trees loaded with fruit should be hand thinned to

obtain large, high quality fruit at harvest; allow development of flower buds for next year's crop, thus overcoming the tendency for some fruit trees to bear fruit in alternate years; and prevent limb breakage.

Watering Guide for Home Lawns

Most areas in Iowa have had adequate rainfall this spring. However, our summer weather is often hot and dry. The following questions and answers on watering may help the gardener deal with lawn related concerns.