April 9, 2021

Time to Check Those Tree Stakes


Staking is a common and sometimes necessary practice used to stabilize (not immobilize) a newly planted tree as it becomes established on site. But stakes are only temporary and typically are removed six months to a year after planting. 

Daphne for Iowa Landscapes


Not only is Daphne a goddess in Greek mythology, it is also a goddess-like shrub in the landscape.  Daphne is a genus with more than 70 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs.  Many of the species are native to Asia, Europe, and North Africa.  Many species are adored for their attractive and fragrant spring flowers.

Become an EMTree: Observe your plants to prevent problems


Insects and diseases can wreak havoc on your landscape plants, and in your woodlands. The damage can be unsightly and can become costly if not properly addressed.

To help property owners identify and manage these issues, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Woodbury, Dubuque, Polk, and Mahaska Counties and the ISU Extension and Outreach Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic are hosting three virtual statewide workshops focused on identifying, preventing, and treating disease and insect issues in trees and shrubs.

Citrus Trees as Houseplants

A bright yellow citrus fruit on a branch, surrounded by leaves at Reiman Gardens


Fruit on a citrus tree at Reiman Gardens. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Haynes. 

Mushroom Season is Upon Us


Mushroom season is here, and before you hit the trails and go searching for your favorite specimens, make sure you refresh your memory and understand the risks associated with hunting and consuming wild-harvested mushrooms.

Always remember there is always a risk associated with consuming wild harvested mushrooms, even those considered edible.  Check out these great resources for safe mushroom foraging.

Field Guide

Starting a Vegetable Garden


Find answers to frequently asked questions on how to start a home vegetable garden.

Master Gardener Sign-Up is Available


You can apply now for the 2021 Master Gardener training, which will be offered 100% online in the fall. 

Get a Head Start on Spring Lawn Care


Follow these tips to get your lawn off to a good start this spring.