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Updated: 2017-02-19T17:38:42Z


Yard and Garden: Dealing with Premature Flowering Spring Bulbs


Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and approaching record highs. This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth. 


Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Jackson and Clayton Counties, Iowa


Emerald ash borer, a highly destructive insect that attacks and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in Bellevue and Marquette. Native to Asia, EAB is responsible for the death of tens of millions of ash trees nationwide.


Grow with Us at the 11th Annual Siouxland Garden Show


Plans are being made for the Siouxland Garden Show March 24-25 at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Master Gardener Program Distributes Growing Together Grants


2017 Growing Together mini-grants have been awarded to projects in 14 counties. They will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.

Yard and Garden: Starting Flower Tubers Indoors for Spring


Winter weather still rules Iowa’s landscape these days, but spring isn’t far off on the horizon. It’s time to think about spring flowers and getting a head start by starting tubers indoors. It’s an excellent way to get plants growing even ahead of the final frost. 


Yard and Garden: Propagating Plants with Hardwood Stem Cuttings


There are several ways to propagate a tree or plant on a new landscape. While planting trees, shrubs or vines directly is one option, another is using hardwood stem cuttings to promote new growth with help from the previous growing season.


Mini-grant Recipients Make Impact in Local Communities


The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program distributed $21,000 in food security mini-grant funds in 2016 courtesy of Iowa State University’s SNAP-Education.


Master Gardeners Impact Iowa Communities


Throughout 2016, nearly 2,000 dedicated volunteers with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program and combined to spend nearly 120,000 hours volunteering during the last year.

Yard and Garden: Examining Pollination in Apple Trees


Soon it will be time for apple trees to bloom and bear delicious fruit for all to enjoy. But not all apple trees are fruitful. Why are some trees more productive than others? There are several reasons worth exploring.


Required Morel Mushroom Identification Workshop Offered in April


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a three-hour class for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. Workshop will be available on three consecutive Saturdays in April on the Iowa State campus.