October 3, 2016

Overwintering Geraniums for Spring Replanting

Geraniums are beautiful plants which add color and vibrant detail to any landscape. However, they are ill-equipped to survive harsh winter conditions. There is a solution: Geraniums can be taken indoors and overwintered, then replanted in the spring.  Learn more about overwintering geraniums in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from September 29, 2016.

Additional Emerald Ash Borer Parasite Releases

Cup full of emerald ash borer parasitoids, IDALS, Entomology & Plant Science Bureau

Parasites of the emerald ash borer (EAB) that may help slow the spread of the ash-tree-killing pest have been released earlier this summer in Jefferson and Allamakee Counties as part of a nationwide effort to reduce the threat of this invasive pest.

Colorful Fall Foliage in the Landscape

When selecting plants for the home landscape, consider those with excellent fall foliage.  Some of the best fall color is produced by the following trees, shrubs, and perennials. 

Spiders and Bugs, Oh My!

A minute pirate bug on human skin

Insects and spiders seem to be everywhere in the fall.  Some of the reasons for this seeming abundance are:

2017 Garden Calendar Now Available

Indoor Flower Power -- Calendar preview image

The 2017 Garden Calendar is titled 'Indoor Flower Power' and will help brighten a home with photos and information about different indoor flowering plants.
For many, active gardening begins in spring and ends in autumn. But the indoor gardener reaps rewards year round. Each month of this beautiful calendar brings you striking, close-up photos of the endearingly familiar and dramatically exotic indoor plants that bring flower power into our homes.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Iowa County, Iowa

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in Missouri Valley, Harrison County. Iowa’s growing number of counties with confirmed detections has now reached thirty-five.  See the map below.  EAB has been detected in seven new counties in Iowa this year.