Environmental

Environmental

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When plants are not growing in ideal conditions, they are more likely to decline in health, affecting their appearance, productivity, and longevity in the landscape.  From wet soils to improper planting, environmental stressors are some of the most common reasons for problems in the yard and garden. Learn how to manage and avoid these issues.

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Cold and Freeze Damage to Garden Plants

In Iowa, the weather in spring is often erratic. Below-freezing temperatures in April and May can follow unseasonably warm weather in late March and early April. The cold spring temperatures can affect plants in gardens and home landscapes. The good news is that cold temperatures shouldn't affect most plants long-term.

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Environmental Experts

Chelsea Harbach

Chelsea Harbach

Plant Disease Diagnostician
Environmental Stressors
Landscape Plant Troubleshooting
Integrated Pest Management

Aaron Steil

Aaron Steil

Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist
Environmental Stressors
Landscape Plant Troubleshooting
Integrated Pest Management