May 3, 1996
Windbreaks are common sites around Iowa farms and acreages. A well planned windbreak will moderate hot and cold temperatures, reduce dust and snow, save money in home heating costs, and add monetary value to your property. Windbreaks should be located on the north and west sides of the area to be protected. They should not enclose all four sides or a "dead air pocket" will be created. Plant the windbreak at least 100 feet from the home and buildings but not more than 350 to 400 feet away.
After a slow spring, lawns are finally starting to come to life. While recent rain has been a welcome sight, you may still be finding brown spots in your lawn. These spots can be attributed to a wide range of factors and correct diagnosis of the problem is important in order to recommend a treatment. The first thing you will need to consider is the past history of the lawn. Was there a disease problem last year? Was the lawn dormant for a long period of time last summer? Have there been any activities on the lawn that could cause a problem?
Widespread, heavy damage to lawns infested with white grubs last fall has heightened concern over this periodic pest. This has resulted in increased demand for preventive control and questionable sales tactics by lawn care companies.
Insect and mite pests can appear on houseplants at any time of the year. However, now would be a good time to check houseplants for scales insects, mealybugs and spider mites. See pamphlet Pm-1595 for details.
In the garden, weeds compete with desirable plants for water, nutrients, sunlight, and growing space. Weeds are controlled to prevent a reduction in yields of fruits and vegetables. Weed control also enhances the performance of annual and perennial flowers.