How to Plant a Bare Root Tree

In this video Dr. Iles, Horticulture department chair and professor, gives us some tips on how to properly plant a bare root tree. Did you know it's different than planting most trees from the nursery? Check out the video and leave comments below.

Grafting Fruit Trees: Whip & Tongue and Chip Budding Methods

In this video Dr. Patrick O'Malley, Horticulture Specialist at Iowa State University, shows us how to properly perform two types of tree grafts: the whip & tongue method and the chip bud method.

How to Plant a Container Grown Tree

See how to best plant a container-grown tree in your yard.

Storm-Damaged Forests: Management following the Storm

This ~3-minute video provides a general overview of forest management actions and recovery strategies following impactful storm events, with emphasis on oak ecosystems. Specific topics include: regaining forest access, forest stand improvement (FSI), salvage harvest, and creating resilient forests.

5 Types of Tree Injuries from High Wind Damage

In this video Extension Forestry Specialist Billy Beck takes us through the forest to look at 5 types of tree injuries sustained from high wind. Specifically, the 2020 derecho storm that caused $11 billion in damage across the Midwest.

Bagworms: They're not worms, but they are in a bag!

In this video Dr. Laura Iles of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic takes us to a tree in town that is infested with bagworms.

How to Care for your Houseplants

Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist Aaron Steil teaches you how to best care for your houseplants. Playlist topics include watering & fertilizing, selecting containers & soilless media, humidity & temperature, and light!

Weeds in Lawns & Gardens

Every garden has weeds and dealing with these unwanted plants is an ongoing task in any landscape. Control of weeds is important. Weeds are strong competitors for available water, nutrients, and sunlight. Reduced air circulation created by tall weeds encourages the development and spread of foliage diseases and a weedy garden often has more insect problems. While a completely weed-free garden is not attainable, reducing weeds is beneficial. 

Oak Wilt or Bot Twig Canker?

A year after the derecho, we lost so many beautiful trees while others lost limbs. We always remind oak lovers to avoid unnecessary pruning from April to July to minimize the risk of Oak wilt transmission. We had questions at the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic from oak caretakers wondering if their derecho injured trees may be infected with oak wilt after the derecho.

Brown Moths Around? They Might Be Hackberry Emperor Butterflies

For the past few weeks there has been an ivasion of brown "moths" in Iowa!  Roadways and yards have been covered; they are also landing on people. Everyone is asking, what is going on?!