Basic Garden Management, Maintenance, and Design

Basic Garden Management, Maintenance, and Design

gardening basics

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Learn how to create beautiful, functional, low-maintenance, environmentally friendly, and sustainable Iowa landscapes.  Find information on the basics of watering, weeding, fertilizing, planting, and propagating to selecting, designing, and maintaining any Iowa yard and garden, whether it features stately trees, edible plants, or natives for pollinators and wildlife.

Frost Dates in Iowa

It is common to have a period of warmer temperatures in late March or early April that can bring plants out of dormancy followed by below freezing temperatures that can potentially damage the new growth or emerging flowers.  

Protecting plants during the season's first frost or freeze event can allow you to enjoy the gardening season just a little bit longer.

Read for tips on protecting garden plants from freezing temperatures in fall and spring.

Likely last frost dates

Tips for protecting plants

frosty leaves
covered plant
frosted shrubs

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Gardening Experts

Aaron Steil

Aaron Steil

Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist
General Gardening Questions
Plant Selection and Identification
Home Landscape Design and Management
Organic Gardening

Cindy Haynes

Cindy Haynes

Professor
General Gardening Questions
Plant Selection and Identification
Home Landscape Design and Management
Organic Gardening

Jeff Iles

Jeff Iles

Professor of Horticulture
Woody Plant Selection and Identification
Home Landscape Management