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Updated: 2016-10-27T23:13:43Z


Yard and Garden: Handling Ornamental Grasses For Fall Foliage and Winter Coverage


Fall brings with it beautiful colors across the state. Most identify trees with those spectacular vistas, but ornamental grasses also can provide great color for landscapes.


Yard and Garden: Constructing and Managing Compost Piles


The fall season brings with it a lot of yard waste and debris. What should be done with it? Try starting a compost pile, which can then be used to enhance soil, garden and plant growth.


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Adair and Adams Counties, Iowa


Emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been confirmed in Adair and Adams counties in Iowa.


Yard and Garden: Storing Fall Garden Produce


While farmers work in the fields to harvest their crops, home gardeners can do the same. With luck there’s more than anyone can use in a week or two, which means storage is needed.

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New Information on Chronic Wasting Disease for Hunters, Farmers, Landowners in Iowa


Adam Janke, assistant professor and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State University, has authored a publication discussing chronic wasting disease and created a video with additional information about the disease that affects white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family.


Master Gardeners Provide Fresh Vegetables for Food Pantries


Entering the growing season, Iowa Master Gardeners and the staff at the seven Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms set a lofty goal of producing 1,500 pounds of vegetables per farm to be donated to Iowa food pantries. They're well on their way to reaching that goal.


Yard and Garden: Handling Spring-Flowering Bulbs during Fall


Fall has arrived in Iowa, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring flowers. Now is the time to act and prepare for spring-flowering bulbs, be it inside or outside, this fall and winter.


Yard and Garden: 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.


Micronutrients Play Large Role in Keeping Plants Healthy


A new publication looks at the small, very small, things in the soil that play a huge role in plant growth and development. The author, Ajay Nair, encourages growers to test soils regularly - preferably in the fall.


Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Iowa County, Iowa


Emerald ash borer, a very destructive, exotic insect pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Iowa County. This finding brings the total to 35 counties in Iowa.