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Updated: 2017-01-22T02:28:28Z

 



Yard and Garden: Germinating and Growing Seedlings Indoors during Winter

2017-01-18T13:17:29Z

With winter’s cold and ice here, spring planting might not exactly be front-of-mind. But this is a perfect time to get a jump start on spring by germinating and starting seedlings indoors, which later can be transplanted outside for optimal growth during warmer weather.

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Properly Maintaining Trees Can Help Avoid Disasters

2017-01-12T10:01:50Z

On Dec. 17, 2016, a large tree fell on a wedding party near Los Angeles, Calif., killing one and injuring several others. While fatalities from falling trees are uncommon, this incident is a worthy reminder of the importance of properly maintaining and pruning trees in urban landscapes.

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Yard and Garden: Finding Colorful Trees and Shrubs in Winter

2017-01-11T11:47:49Z

Winter can be a drab time for those who enjoy colorful landscapes. Freezing temperatures and the natural life cycles of plants lead to some drab, boring colors compared to spring, summer and fall. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Tree Planting Brings Added Value to Communities

2017-01-09T10:55:13Z

Healthy, properly planted trees can have a tremendously positive impact on urban environments, says Gabbi Edwards, urban forestry specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She specializes in proper planting and pruning of trees, as well as how to select the right tree for an area.

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Treat Trees in Early Spring to Prevent Emerald Ash Borer

2017-01-09T10:39:51Z

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have released an updated version of the publication "Emerald Ash Borer Management Options" (PM 2084) to provide tips for preventive treatments for healthy ash trees.

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Yard and Garden: Handling Indoor Plants and Trees during Winter

2017-01-05T11:20:11Z

Winter is here, and the weather outside is cold and unhospitable for many plants and trees. However, it’s a great time to begin new indoor-friendly plants and trees that can benefit from warmer indoor temperatures and winter sunlight.

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Yard and Garden: Handling Christmas Trees and Poinsettias Following the Holidays

2016-12-20T13:34:46Z

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be.

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Yard and Garden: Balancing Landscape Plants and Deicing Salts

2016-12-14T15:50:21Z

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants.

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2017 Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Applicator Course to be Offered

2016-12-14T11:08:14Z

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Pesticide Bureau has approved recertification credits for fruit and vegetable commercial and private pesticide applicators at the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2017, in Ankeny.

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Winter Webinars Explore Supporting Food Security

2016-12-14T10:48:30Z

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series.

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