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Yard and Garden

Yard and Garden, formerly Horticulture and Home Pest News, is filled with information about current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Horticulture and Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology.

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Learn more about what is blooming around Iowa, what are some common gardening questions, frequent pests for the week, and timely tasks for the garden and landscape.

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Managing Flood Damaged Yards and Gardens

When flooding occurs in the landscape, it's sometimes unclear how to proceed. Can I eat the produce in my vegetable garden?  Will my trees die?  What should I do to help my lawn recover? These resources will help your yard and garden recover when flood waters recede.

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Managing Damage from Japanese Beetles

July is when the destructive Japanese beetle emerges and begins feeding on garden plants. Control of adult beetles is difficult because there is no easy or single correct answer.  Persistence, diligence, and repeated efforts are necessary to stay ahead of these pests. Learn more about managing Japanese beetles in your garden.

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All About Container Gardening

Container gardens are an excellent way to grow plants in limited spaces and to add variety and interest to the landscape.  Container gardening is relatively easy, but there are several things to know before you get started.  Included in this article are several resources to help with container gardening.

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Growing Ferns in Iowa

Ferns are some of the oldest members of the plant kingdom. They thrive in shaded, damp forests in temperate and tropical areas worldwide. Species vary in height, ranging from less than 1 foot tall to more than 3 feet tall.  Ferns can be used as focal points, background, or filler plants in shady garden beds. Learn more about which species perform well in Iowa.

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AAS Winners are Great Plants for Your Garden

All-America Selections trial sites and display gardens are spread across the US and Canada, including nine gardens in Iowa. Reiman Gardens is proud to be both a trial site for multiple categories and a display garden highlighting recent winners. See a few of the winners in this article.

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Composting Yard Waste

This publication explains the materials needed for a compost pile and includes construction directions for building a 3-bin composting unit.

Yard and Garden News

Cicada Quest Video Documents the Type of Cicadas Emerging in Iowa

The Integrated Pest Management team with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach produced a short video to help answer questions and share interesting information about periodical cicadas.

Master Gardener Fall Training Application Opens July 12

Iowans who want to complete Master Gardener training this fall can apply July 12 through Aug. 12. The training is offered by gardening experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Yard and Garden: Understanding Daylilies

Learn more about growing daylilies in your garden from questions answered by horticulturalists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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Garden Variety Podcast

Garden Variety Podcast

Whether you're a master gardener, just getting started or somewhere in between — there's always something new to learn in your garden.