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Extension Publications

  • A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars

    A Review of Cold Climate Grape Cultivars

    There has been interest in growing grapes in the upper Midwest and other cold climate regions of North America. One of the problems growers face in these regions is selecting cultivars (cultivated varieties) that will withstand severe winters, mature in short growing seasons, and be productive. As grape acreage increases in cold climate regions, too often cultivar selections are being made based upon testimonial or anecdotal information. With the high costs of vineyard establishment there is an increasing need for a standard reference to assist growers in selecting best adapted cultivars. This publication can be viewed via a PDF reader and by using the bookmark function, you will be introduced to 74 varieties. Previously available in CD format and known as known as EDC 383.

  • African Violets

    African Violets

    While African violets are relatively easy to grow, they do require consistent care and attention to light, temperature, watering, and fertilization. Find out more, including how to propagate by leaf cutting.

  • Ajo (en español)

    Ajo (en español)

    Cultiva ajo en el jardín de tu casa. Aprenda sobre los cultivares de ajo, la siembra, la fertilización, el mantenimiento, los posibles problemas y la cosecha y el almacenamiento. Spanish version of Garlic.

  • Annual Vines

    Annual Vines

    Annual vines grow quickly and bloom profusely in one summer. They can camouflage fences or walls, accent architecture, or soften structural lines—and at the same time add color, texture, and height; screen for privacy or against the elements; or welcome birds, bees, and butterflies. Learn about their care and suggested varieties.

  • Annuals

    Annuals

    This gardener's guide to annual flowers includes 106 plant descriptions plus 186 color photos. A comparison chart makes it easy to choose plants by height or flower color. Recommendations also are given for specific uses, such as drought tolerance, fragrance, and cut-flower bouquets.

  • Anthracnose of Shade Trees

    Anthracnose of Shade Trees

    Anthracnose is one of the most common foliage diseases of shade trees in Iowa. Find out about symptoms and management. Color photos.

  • Asparagus in the Home Garden

    Asparagus in the Home Garden

    Asparagus, one of the most popular spring vegetables, is a hardy perennial that produces edible spears earlier than any other garden vegetable. Learn about site selection, soil preparation, cultivars, weed control, planting, insect pests, harvesting, and after harvest care.

  • Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation Tips

    Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation Tips

    Due to the high demand for athletic fields, renovation intervals of fields have become shorter over the last decade. Facilities are being pushed for quick turnaround to make game fields ready, from less than one year of establishment to as short as 3-4 months. This publication provides athletic turf managers with alternative seeding rates and irrigation options for reviving current grass or complete renovation of field turf.

  • Botanical Insecticides in the Home Garden

    Botanical Insecticides in the Home Garden

    Botanical insecticides are naturally occurring insect toxins extracted from plants. Several have been formulated for insect management in the home garden. Learn more about the pluses and minuses.

  • Cannas for Home Landscapes

    Cannas for Home Landscapes

    Cannas are bold, exotic-looking plants grown for their attractive flowers and foliage. Find information on cannas culture, planting, starting from seed, storage, and flower varieties and sources.

  • Caring for Roses in Iowa

    Caring for Roses in Iowa

    Learn how to grow roses that you'll be proud of. Information on planting, watering, fertilizing, deadheading, weed and pest control, winter preparations, and pruning for roses in Iowa gardens.

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    Carpenter Ants and Their Control

    Of the approximately 100 different species of ants found in Iowa, the most destructive are carpenter ants. Most carpenter ants are large and shiny black, although some species are dark brown or reddish and medium-sized. These ants can cause major structural damage when they tunnel in wood to construct their nests.

    This publication covers identification, life cycle and habits, management and prevention of carpenter ants.

  • Cebollas (en español)

    Cebollas (en español)

    Las cebollas son fáciles de cultivar y, a menudo, rinden bien. Conozca detalles sobre cultivares, plantación, mantenimiento, cosecha y almacenamiento. Spanish version of Onions.

  • Chiles (en español)

    Chiles (en español)

    Aprenda sobre los diferentes cultivares de pimiento, la siembra, los problemas potenciales, la cosecha y el almacenamiento, y el picor del pimiento en el jardín de su casa. Spanish version of Peppers.

  • Choosing a Landscape Contractor

    Choosing a Landscape Contractor

    Hiring a landscaper can be a daunting task. This publication provides information on professional certification and other requirements in Iowa, and topics to discuss with potential contractors.

  • Choosing an Arborist

    Choosing an Arborist

    Tree work should be performed only by a properly trained and equipped arborist. Considerations in choosing an arborist include certification, insurance, references, contracts, etc.

  • Cilantro  (English/en español)

    Cilantro (English/en español)

    Cilantro or coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is member of the carrot family, native to the Mediterranean region, and the world’s most widely used herb. The seed of this plant is the spice coriander, and the leaf is the herb cilantro. The plant, in flower, can reach 3 feet high. Available in English and Spanish. El cilantro o cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) es miembro de la familia de las zanahorias, originario de la región mediterránea y la hierba más utilizada en el mundo. La semilla de esta planta es la especia cilantro, y la hoja es la hierba cilantro. La planta, en flor, puede alcanzar los 3 metros de altura. Disponible en inglés y español.

  • Clematis

    Clematis

    Clematis are often referred to as the queen of the flowering vines. Learn about the varying types of clematis, growing tips, how to support the plant, pests, use in vases, and species that work best in Iowa.

  • Cockroaches and Their Control

    Cockroaches and Their Control

    Learn about the five cockroach species in Iowa and the management and chemical treatment possibilities.

  • Cockroaches and Their Control

    Cole Crops

    "Cole crops" is the general term used to describe broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi. Learn about cole crop cultivars, planting, yields, care during the growing season, potential problems, and harvest and storage.

  • Commercial Asparagus Production

    Commercial Asparagus Production

    Asparagus is a hardy perennial of the lily family. The plant originated in the coastal regions of Europe and Asia but is now grown throughout the world. It is one of the first vegetable crops to be available in the early spring, along with leafy greens. Once established, a well-cared for asparagus field can remain productive for 15 to 20 years.

  • Commercial Melon Production

    Commercial Melon Production

    The melon family is comprised of muskmelon, watermelon, and honeydew melons, with all belonging to the cucurbitaceae family. This publication discusses commercial site selection, planting, cultivars, pollination, fertilization, irrigation, weed management and harvesting of melons.

  • Commercial Potato Production Guide

    Commercial Potato Production Guide

    Potatoes are the world's most important vegetable crop and have been grown in the United States since the early 1700s. This publication discusses the many different types of potato and their characteristics, recommended planting practices and fertilization. It also talks about pests and diseases that can harm the potato and what can be done to combat them.

  • Commercial Production of Pak Choi

    Commercial Production of Pak Choi

    Pak choi is a cool-season vegetable that belongs to the cabbage and cauliflower family. It is also known as bok choi, or pak choy. It originated in China and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Pak choi has rapidly been gaining popularity in the Midwest due to its mild flavor, suitability as a stir fry vegetable, and wide acceptance among consumers. Many farmers markets, community supported agriculture vendors, and local grocery stores feature pak choi in produce boxes.

  • Common Diseases of Conifers in Iowa

    Common Diseases of Conifers in Iowa

    Color photos help you make the right diagnosis for nine diseases. Causal agents, typical host species, symptoms, and disease spread are discussed. Also learn proper maintenance and chemical controls to keep your evergreens healthy.

  • Common Problems of Ash Trees

    Common Problems of Ash Trees

    Many ash tree problems can be mistaken for emerald ash borer infestation. Before removal or needlessly treating with pesticides, use this diagnostic guide to distinguish emerald ash borer injury from other common problems of ash.

  • Common Rose Diseases

    Common Rose Diseases

    Several rose diseases caused by fungus, virus, or bacterium are discussed. Disease-resistant varieties also are mentioned.

  • Community Tree Planting and Care Guide

    Community Tree Planting and Care Guide

    Take this booklet, which includes the current recommendations of the Iowa Urban and Community Forest Council and Iowa State University, along as you plan, plant, and care for trees that will become tomorrow's community forest.

  • Composting Yard Waste

    Composting Yard Waste

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

  • Conservation Techniques for Vegetable Production: Combining Strip-Tillage and Cover Crops

    Conservation Techniques for Vegetable Production: Combining Strip-Tillage and Cover Crops

    Strip-tillage is when a crop is planted into narrow, tilled strips and the non-tilled area between the strips might contain residue from the previous season's main crop or a living or dead cover crop. Combining strip-tillage and cover crops offers various benefits including minimal soil erosion, maintains soil moisture and weed suppression. This publication provides basic information on using a strip-tillage system with rolled cover crops as a conservation best management practice in vegetable production systems such broccoli, peppers, pumpkins, squash and tomatoes.

  • Container Vegetable Gardening

    Container Vegetable Gardening

    Includes information regarding: container construction, size, and capacity; crop selection and planting density; summer care (location, watering, fertilization, tomato tips). Lists suggestions for 12 container garden vegetables (more than 40 cultivars) including: carrots, cucumber, pepper, spinach, and tomatoes.

  • Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems

    Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Systems

    Vegetable production systems require inputs and if not managed properly could have detrimental effects on soil and the environment. Cover crops are gaining importance and growers can used them as a best practice tool in preserving environmental sustainability of vegetable cropping systems without compromising farm productivity and profitability. This publication defines various cover crops and their benefits such as reducing soil erosion, compaction and synthetic nitrogen inputs, suppressing weeds, increasing soil organic matter and water infiltration, enhancing soil biology, and providing habitat for beneficial insects and natural enemies of pests.

  • Crabapples for Midwestern Landscapes

    Crabapples for Midwestern Landscapes

    More than 90 color photos showing 43 cultivars to match the correct tree to your specific site and personal needs. Choose from the cultivars to enjoy an avalanche of colorful, fragrant flowers each spring and a handsome, healthy tree throughout the year.

  • Crop Rotations, Composting and Cover Crops for Organic Vegetable Production

    Crop Rotations, Composting and Cover Crops for Organic Vegetable Production

    Organic production and consumption has increased to a $39.5 billion industry in the United States with over 22,000 organic farmers. Over 5.4 million acres are in organic production in the U.S., including 164,403 acres of organic vegetables, valued at $1.3 billion. The majority of organic vegetable growers incorporate crop rotations, composting, and cover crops in their operations. The following information offers a guide for including these practices to meet certified organic rules and increase the long-term sustainability of an organic farm.

  • Crown Rot:  A Serious Disease of Hosta and Other Ornamentals

    Crown Rot: A Serious Disease of Hosta and Other Ornamentals

    A problem since the mid-1990s, find out about management strategies for crown rot.

  • Dahlias

    Dahlias

    Dahlias are available in 15 different official colors and 18 types. Learn about dahlia history, planting and growing tips, fall care, and classification.

  • Daylilies

    Daylilies

    Daylilies are easy to grow, relatively pest free, and many varieties multiple quickly. Learn more about daylily characteristics, propagation, growth needs, types, and landscape uses.

  • Deciduous Shrubs

    Deciduous Shrubs

    More than 110 photos plus descriptions of 75 deciduous shrubs (organized by height) will simplify your hunt for the right shrub for your landscape. A comparison chart identifies those with the most ornamental value. Recommendations also are given for specific planting needs, such as dry or wet soils, shaded sites, and food for birds and other wildlife.

  • Delphiniums

    Delphiniums

    Learn more about delphiniums with this brochure on delphinium traits, care, plant sources, problems, staking, and commonly available varieties.

  • Dónde sembrar su huerto doméstico

    Dónde sembrar su huerto doméstico

    La cantidad de luz solar, el tipo de suelo y otros factores son consideraciones principales al seleccionar un sitio para el jardín. Obtenga los detalles sobre la planificación de su jardín. Spanish version of Where to Put Your Vegetable Garden.

  • Drought Tolerant Annuals and Perennials

    Drought Tolerant Annuals and Perennials

    Color photos and descriptions of 20 drought tolerant annuals and perennials.

  • Dutch Elm Disease and Disease-Resistant Elms

    Dutch Elm Disease and Disease-Resistant Elms

    Find out about disease-resistant elms to combat Dutch Elm Disease.

  • Early Spring Blooming Perennials

    Early Spring Blooming Perennials

    Several perennials that bloom in early spring are often forgotten about among flowers like crocuses and daffodils. Learn how pig squeak, heartleaf brunnera, Lenten rose, candytuft, crested iris, Virginia bluebells, moss phlox, lungwort or Bethlehem sage, pasque flower, and bloodroot could enhance your garden.

  • Edible Flowers

    Edible Flowers

    Edible flowers are a popular way to add color, texture, scent, and flavor to foods. Included is a list of some edible flowers, their culture, and suggested uses.

  • El horario para la siembra y cosecha de las hortalizas (en español)

    El horario para la siembra y cosecha de las hortalizas (en español)

    Esta guía puede ayudar a los productores de vegetales del norte, sur y centro de Iowa a programar la siembra de jardines para que el espacio se pueda usar de manera eficiente. Incluye un cuadro escalonado de siembra y cosecha para cultivos de abril a octubre. Se dan instrucciones detalladas de plantación para más de 25 cultivos de jardín comunes, como rábanos, lechugas, cebollas, guisantes, tomates, col rizada, pimientos, calabazas, melones y pepinos. Spanish version of Planting and Harvesting Times for Garden Vegetables

  • El huerto de hortalizas en parcelas pequeñas (en español)

    El huerto de hortalizas en parcelas pequeñas (en español)

    Esta publicación describe recomendaciones y técnicas para cultivar vegetales de calidad en un espacio limitado, incluida la planificación, la selección del sitio, el cuidado durante el verano y las técnicas para ahorrar espacio. Enumera sugerencias para 16 hortalizas de jardín (más de 50 variedades) que incluyen: pepino, judías verdes, pimientos, habichuelas, espinacas, tomates, calabazas de verano e invierno, y otras. Spanish version of Small Plot Vegetable Gardening.

  • El manejo integrado de plagas para los huertos de hortalizas (en español)

    El manejo integrado de plagas para los huertos de hortalizas (en español)

    Identificar y alentar a los depredadores y parásitos naturales es una habilidad de jardinería útil. Esta hoja informativa describe 10 insectos benéficos y también ofrece otros consejos para prevenir problemas de insectos y enfermedades. Spanish version of Integrated Pest Management for Vegetable Gardens.

  • Emerald Ash Borer Management Options

    Emerald Ash Borer Management Options

    Homeowners and commercial pesticide applicators will find control measures to consider in preventing and treating the infestation of ash trees by the emerald ash borer. Includes product recommendations and evaluation of insecticide effectiveness.

  • Especially for Kids! Insect Investigator

    Especially for Kids! Insect Investigator

    Learn how to keep an insect investigator journal and see how many of the world's one million different types of insects you can find.

  • Especially for Kids! Plant Zoo

    Especially for Kids! Plant Zoo

    Discover the many plants that have been named after animals. Public gardens, such as Reiman Gardens, have several of the plants described here.

  • Especially for Kids! Where in the World?

    Especially for Kids! Where in the World?

    Encourage children to explore the Reiman Gardens to find plants that are native to other countries. Then they can check off each plant that they find on the included map and draw a line to its native country.

  • Establishing a Lawn from Seed

    Establishing a Lawn from Seed

    Following proper procedures and planting high quality seed are the keys to successfully establishing a lawn. More details here.

  • Fall Tips to Ensure a Healthy Green Yard in the Spring

    Fall Tips to Ensure a Healthy Green Yard in the Spring

    In the fall, is the perfect time for maintaining your lawn. It's time to focus on turfgrass practices such as mowing, aeration, fertilization and seeding. The work you do in the fall helps your lawn recover from summer stresses and prepares it for another Iowa winter. This publication offers best practices to ensure a healthy lawn through the fall months and to start next spring with the necessary steps.

  • Finding a Certified Pesticide Applicator for Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

    Finding a Certified Pesticide Applicator for Emerald Ash Borer Treatment

    A useful guide to finding certified pesticide applicators who can treat for tree and shrub pests, including the emerald ash borer.

  • Flowering Plants for the Late Summer Garden

    Flowering Plants for the Late Summer Garden

    Highlights some of the best August-flowering plants for zones 4 and 5. All listed plants have been proven performers in Iowa and Nebraska gardens.

  • Forcing Flower Bulbs

    Forcing Flower Bulbs

    Use bulb forcing to bring the bright colors and fragrant aromas of daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, and other spring flowering bulbs indoors with you during winter. Find tips for choosing bulbs, planting, chilling, and after bloom care.

  • Fruit Cultivars for Iowa

    Fruit Cultivars for Iowa

    Get a list of recommended fruit cultivars adapted to the various climatic regions in Iowa. Includes a plant hardiness zone map and detailed information on many fruit cultivars. Replaces PM 1086 and PM 1117.

  • Fungal Cankers of Trees

    Fungal Cankers of Trees

    Cultural management techniques can help reduce the risk of canker diseases.

  • Garden Soil Management

    Garden Soil Management

    Manage your garden soil more effectively. Learn about tillage, integrating organic matter, soil testing and pH, fertilizer application and more.

  • Garden Tips Guidelines to Seasonal Chores

    Garden Tips Guidelines to Seasonal Chores

    Learn to properly maintain your garden all year round. Includes information on what steps to take with your lawn, fruits, trees and shrubs, flowers, herbs, houseplants, and/or vegetables in the early and late part of each season.

  • Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators

    Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators

    A butterfly garden can be created as simply as planting a bunch of butterfly-favorite plants in a sunny corner of your yard. Learn about effective butterfly garden characteristics and which host and nectar plants are best for different butterflies.

  • Gardening in Iowa Zones

    Gardening in Iowa Zones

    Zone maps are a gardener's best tool for selecting plants that will do well in local gardens.  This publication includes information about and how to use the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the AHS Plant Heat Zone Map.

  • Garlic

    Garlic

    Grow garlic in your home garden. Learn about garlic cultivars, planting, fertilizing, maintenance, potential problems, and harvest and storage.

  • Got Plant or Insect Problems?

    Got Plant or Insect Problems?

    The ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic helps Iowans diagnose and manage plant diseases, weeds, and insects in fields and around your home. Here's an introduction to the clinic.

  • Grasses for Special Uses

    Grasses for Special Uses

    Describes and compares five grass species for use in special situations, including buffalograss, zoysiagrass, creeping bentgrass, rough bluegrass, and annual ryegrass.

  • Griffith Buck: Rose Hybridizer

    Griffith Buck: Rose Hybridizer

    Griffith Buck introduced 85 rose cultivars plus 15 geraniums and a heliotrope during his nearly 40 years at Iowa State. Here's more information about the man and his plants.

  • Groundcovers

    Groundcovers

    Select the best ground cover for your yard. Discover what type of plants work best in your area. Special features include 92 color pictures, 43 plant descriptions, and other tips.

  • Growing Amaryllis

    Growing Amaryllis

    Amaryllis are popular flowering bulbs grown indoors during the winter months. Learn how easy it is to plant an amaryllis bulb and how to care for it as it grows.

  • Growing and Over-wintering Garden Geraniums

    Growing and Over-wintering Garden Geraniums

    Discover more about this popular flowering plant. This publication discusses geranium culture, overwintering, potting, cutting, bare root plants, and growing them from seed.

  • Growing and Over-wintering Tender Perennials

    Growing and Over-wintering Tender Perennials

    Tuberous begonias, gladioli, caladium, cannas, and dahlias provide welcome color until a killing frost. Check these tips for growing and storing these perennial favorites.

  • Growing and Using Basil

    Growing and Using Basil

    Basil is a member of the mint family with an aroma like mint and tea. Learn about its history, uses, culture, harvesting, preparation, and the different basil varieties.

  • Growing Annuals in Containers

    Growing Annuals in Containers

    Container gardens are a great way to grow plants in limited spaces. Look here for tips on choosing containers and plants, as as tips on maintenance.

  • Growing Blueberries in Iowa

    Growing Blueberries in Iowa

    Blueberries can be grown successfully in Iowa when their special growing needs are met. Topics include site requirements, plant choice, planting tips, plant care, and possible plant sources.

  • Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden

    Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden

    Chrysanthemums reach their peak when most annuals and perennials are winding down for the season. Mums also offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of maintenance.

  • Growing Dahlias

    Growing Dahlias

    Includes photos and detailed information about dahlia types, plus tips on planting, growing, and preparing for flower shows.

  • Growing Fruit in Iowa

    Growing Fruit in Iowa

    Several species of fruits can be grown successfully in Iowa. Consider hardiness and pollination when selecting varieties for home use and commercial production that are best adapted to Iowa growing conditions.

  • Growing Garden Lilies

    Growing Garden Lilies

    Find out out several different varieties of true lilies. Also, in addition to being outstanding garden performers, lilies make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life.

  • Growing Garden Peonies

    Growing Garden Peonies

    Basic information about types of peonies and how to grow them including tips on planting, fertilizing, and seasonal care.

  • Growing Grapes in the Home Garden

    Growing Grapes in the Home Garden

    Home gardeners can successfully grow grapes in Iowa. Whether you are growing a backyard garden or beginning your own vineyard, basic requirements include a good planting site, hardy varieties (cultivars), and proper culture. Also recommended Grape publications are: RG 0502 - Pruning Grapevines PM 1375 - Midwest Commercial Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide

  • Growing Holiday Cacti

    Growing Holiday Cacti

    Discover more information about the three types of holiday cacti: Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, along with their culture and propagation.

  • Growing Hostas

    Growing Hostas

    Introduction to growing and using this popular perennials including plant characteristics, propagation tips, and possible insect or disease problems.

  • Growing Impatiens

    Growing Impatiens

    Three of the more than 800 species of impatiens are commonly grown in gardens: impatiens , New Guinea impatiens, and rose balsam. Learn more about where to plant, when to plant, watering, and fertilizing Impatiens.

  • Growing Organic Vegetables in Iowa

    Growing Organic Vegetables in Iowa

    Organic production and consumption has increased over the past 20 years. Learn how to raise organic vegetables - including strategies for composting, pest management, and disease management.

  • Growing Petunias

    Growing Petunias

    Petunias are easy to grow, bloom reliably all summer, and are available in a wide range of colors, flower forms, and growth habits. Learn about petunia types and how to grow and maintain them.

  • Growing Raspberries in the Home Garden

    Growing Raspberries in the Home Garden

    Home raspberry growers will find expert advice for cultivar selection, site selection, planting, and training and trellising plants. Also included are pruning guidelines for summer-bearing and fall-bearing red raspberries and pruning guidelines for black and purple raspberries. Also find tips for managing weeds, fertilizing, and harvesting.

  • Growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Iowa

    Growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Iowa

    To successfully grow in Iowa, select cold hardy varieties, choose suitable planting sites, and follow recommended planting procedures.

  • Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden

    Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden

    Access detailed information about growing June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral strawberries. Find suggestions for selection of cultivars, planting sites, and plant sources. Also find tips for soil preparation, planting options, mulching, disease and insect control, harvesting, and winter protection.

  • Guidelines for Selecting Trees

    Guidelines for Selecting Trees

    Selecting a single tree for your yard or several hundred for your community will be more rewarding if you take time to critically evaluate the proposed planting site and the reasons for planting trees on that site.

  • Harvesting and Drying Flowers

    Harvesting and Drying Flowers

    Enjoy flowers all year long in dried arrangements, on wreaths, or in potpourri. Learn which plants are suitable for drying and find out about havesting and preservation techniques. Includes many color photos.

  • Harvesting and Storing Apples

    Harvesting and Storing Apples

    Storing apples at home is convenient and, if done properly, can be economical. Home-grown fruit that may otherwise go to waste can be stored for several months. Publication includes tips on harvesting and storing home-grown apples.

  • Harvesting and Storing Vegetables

    Harvesting and Storing Vegetables

    Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in nutritious, high quality products. Consumers can capture the peak flavors of asparagus, Brussels sprouts, melons, garlic, rhubarb, squash, tomatoes, sweet corn, and many other vegetables. This publication provides detailed information for storing more than 30 types of garden vegetables, including recommended storage temperatures, relative humidity, storage life for fresh vegetables, suggested methods for extended preservation, and types of storage facilities.

  • Home Landscape -- Understanding the Basics of Landscape Design

    Home Landscape -- Understanding the Basics of Landscape Design

    Whether you want to do-it-yourself or are working with a professional, this guide offers a step-by-step approach to understanding the design process. Color photos and diagrams show how to use basic design elements to create a pleasing and functional space. Included worksheets can assist you in analyzing your site. An additional resource list and convenient index are also found inside.

  • Home Landscape Planning Worksheet: 12 Steps to a Functional Design

    Home Landscape Planning Worksheet: 12 Steps to a Functional Design

    This worksheet will guide you through the process of designing a functional landscape plan -- from gathering the right information to refining the preliminary design and selecting plants. Includes graph paper and 2-part questionnaire.

  • Home Landscape Questions

    Home Landscape Questions

    A 2-part questionnaire helping you analyze your landscaping site and to assess your family's needs and wants for the project.

  • Home Propagation Techniques

    Home Propagation Techniques

    Part of the fun of gardening is in starting your own plants. This illustrated guide summarizes what you need to know about propagating plants from seeds, cuttings, divisions of tuberous roots, ground and air layering, and grafting.

  • Hop Production 101: Commercial Hop Yard Trellis Design

    Hop Production 101: Commercial Hop Yard Trellis Design

    As hop production returns to Iowa, growers are wanting more information on producing healthy and abundant harvests. This publication discusses the best practices for designing and constructing a hops yard.

  • Hop Production 101: Site selection and planting

    Hop Production 101: Site selection and planting

    As hop production returns to Iowa, growers are wanting more information on producing healthy and abundant harvests. This publication discusses the best practices for selecting a site to grow hops and how to plant the crop.

  • Hop Production Calendar

    Hop Production Calendar

    This publication provides information on tasks that must be completed to produce a healthy hop crop. Broken down month-by-month, it provides reminders and tips for growing hops. It also includes additional resources that can be helpful to hop growers.

  • Hosta Diseases and Pests

    Hosta Diseases and Pests

    Easily identify common diseases and pests and how to manage them effectively.

  • Houseplant Insect Control

    Houseplant Insect Control

    Prevention is the first step in controlling houseplant insects. This web-only guide provides descriptions and photos of nine common houseplant pests plus suggestions for treatment.

  • Human Lice

    Human Lice

    There are three species of lice that can at times infest humans—the head louse, the body louse, and the crab or pubic louse. Human lice infestations can be controlled and prevented easily and effectively.

  • Identifying Tree Problems

    Identifying Tree Problems

    Use this 8-page publication filled with guidelines for examining unhealthy trees and finding expert help.

  • Indoor Plants

    Indoor Plants

    Covers foliage and flowering house plants and succulents and florists' plants. Includes 180 color photos and 110 plant descriptions.

  • Insect Galls on Trees and Shrubs

    Insect Galls on Trees and Shrubs

    Galls are distinctive swellings or abnormal growths of plant tissue caused by an attack of a living organism. This publication discusses tree and shrub galls caused by insects and mites. It talks about the damage galls create and how they can be controlled. It also provides a detailed list of common galls and gallmarkers that includes color photos. Previously known as IC 0417.

  • Insect Pests of Stored Foods

    Insect Pests of Stored Foods

    Opening the flour container to find beetles crawling around the top is never a pleasant experience, but there is no need to panic. The most common pests we find in our kitchen and pantries and what we can do to manage them if they infest our food are described. This resource was a joint project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin Extension, and University of Minnesota Extension. To access this resource visit the University of Minnesota Extension website.

  • Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardens and Landscapes

    Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardens and Landscapes

    Identifying and encouraging naturally occurring predators and parasites is a useful gardening skill. This fact sheet describes 10 beneficial insects and also offers other tips for preventing insect and disease problems.

  • Introduction to High Tunnels eCourse

    Introduction to High Tunnels eCourse

    This self-directed, online course covers all aspects of constructing, owning and operating a high tunnel. Throughout the course, you will learn how to properly select a site location, test your soils, determine what crops to grow in your high tunnel, expected costs and potential returns from your high tunnel and resources to help in the process. Each section of the course includes a worksheet for feedback from the course coordinators specific to your own operation.

  • Introduction to Iowa Native Prairie Plants

    Introduction to Iowa Native Prairie Plants

    Find out more about native plants and their uses in a garden or large planting. Includes more than 20 color photos, plus a detailed chart of prairie plant characteristics.

  • Iowa Butterfly and Caterpillar Food Preferences

    Iowa Butterfly and Caterpillar Food Preferences

    Find out about providing food and nectar sources in our landscapes and gardens to support and encourage butterfly habitat. Approximately 75 species of butterflies have been recorded in Iowa.

  • Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Production Budgets: Annual Crops

    Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Production Budgets: Annual Crops

    Production budgets help to allocate land, labor, and capital. The most appropriate use is defined by the person in control of the resources and may be used to maximize profits or minimize soil loss or any other goal. Sample budgets included in this publication are divided into five sections: total receipts, costs of planting and growing the product, pre-harvest and harvest expenses, ownership costs, and summary of returns. The estimated costs illustrated in this publication are based on Extension professionals experience with a variety of growers in Iowa. The returns are based on common prices and yields received by farmers. Costs are those typically incurred related to ownership costs, crop inputs, and other expenses. The budgets were developed on a 4 foot by 100 foot bed.

  • Iowa High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production Manual

    Iowa High Tunnel Fruit and Vegetable Production Manual

    This publication provides growers with information to use high tunnels effectively, enhance productivity and increase income. Construction and management of high tunnels is included, as well as information on crops that can be grown.

  • Iowa Vegetable Production Budgets

    Iowa Vegetable Production Budgets

    This enterprise budgeting tool can help vegetable growers estimate the costs and revenue associated with producing a product. Growers with multiple enterprises can use total sales as the basis for estimating the cost of planting, growing, harvesting, and handling key crops with a series of worksheets.Specific crops include: Asparagus, basil, green beans, carrots, eggplant, garlic, salad greens, snow peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, cherry and heirloom tomatoes.

  • Iowa's Oaks

    Iowa's Oaks

    Learn more about Iowa's official state tree and the twelve different species native to Iowa.

  • Irrigation Water Quality for Container-grown Plants

    Irrigation Water Quality for Container-grown Plants

    This fact sheet provides target ranges of elements for growing most greenhouse and nursery crops, growth concerns, and interpretation of test results and suggestions for correcting irrigation problems.

  • Juniper Diseases

    Juniper Diseases

    Help with identification and control of the most common juniper diseases. Color photos and tables.

  • Landscape Plants for the Midwest

    Landscape Plants for the Midwest

    Creating a beautiful, functional landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place. This collection of plant lists is organized by plant type and size. Each entry also gives the USDA Hardiness zone, light requirements, growth habit, flowering and fruiting characteristics, and additional attributes or comments. Includes a very helpful index.

  • Las Coles (en español)

    Las Coles (en español)

    “Cultivos de col” es el término general que se utiliza para describir el brócoli, las coles de Bruselas, el repollo, la coliflor, la col rizada, la col rizada y el colinabo. Aprenda sobre los cultivares de coles, la siembra, los rendimientos, el cuidado durante la temporada de crecimiento, los posibles problemas y la cosecha y el almacenamiento.. Spanish version of Cole Crops

  • Las hortalizas en recipientes (en español)

    Las hortalizas en recipientes (en español)

    Incluye información sobre: construcción, tamaño y capacidad del contenedor; selección de cultivos y densidad de plantación; cuidado de verano (ubicación, riego, fertilización, puntas de tomate). Enumera sugerencias para 12 contenedores de hortalizas (más de 40 cultivares) que incluyen: zanahorias, pepinos, pimientos, espinacas y tomates. Spanish version of Vegetables in Containers

  • Late Season Perennial Flowers -- Reiman Gardens

    Late Season Perennial Flowers -- Reiman Gardens

    Mums, 'Autumn Joy' sedum, and rudbeckia are familiar perennials that bloom in late summer to fall. Adding any of these eighteen other less common, late season perennials discussed in this publication will also extend the color in your garden.

  • Lawn Fertilization

    Lawn Fertilization

    Use this publication to make lawn fertilization decisions based on soil and turfgrass needs, as well as fertilizer content and type. Also find the benefits of fertilizer, application procedures, and necessary precautions in this fact sheet.

  • Leaf Spot and Melting Out of Turfgrass

    Leaf Spot and Melting Out of Turfgrass

    Description and management information, plus how to submit samples for diagnosis.

  • Lichens

    Lichens

    Many gardeners are concerned about unusual gray-green growths on tree trunks and branches. Learn more lichens, where they are found, and their different types and uses.

  • Lighting & Houseplants

    Lighting & Houseplants

    One of the most overlooked aspects of growing plants indoors is lighting, resulting in poor plant health with thin, sparse foliage. Learn about proper lighting as well as lists of plants that thrive in low, medium, and high light.

  • Maiz Dulce (en español)

    Maiz Dulce (en español)

    Los fitomejoradores durante la última década han mejorado significativamente la calidad del maíz dulce. Lea sobre tipos de maíz dulce, cultivares, plantación, polinización, fertilización, cuidado, cosecha y almacenamiento, además de información sobre el cultivo de maíz tierno. Spanish version of Sweet Corn

  • Management and Control of Summer Patch (Magnaporthe poae)

    Management and Control of Summer Patch (Magnaporthe poae)

    Summer patch and necrotic ring spot are common fungi that affect turfgrass. This publication discusses how to identify the fungi, its characteristics and how to manage it if grass is infected.

  • Managing Spotted Winged Drosophila in Commercial Fruit Production

    Managing Spotted Winged Drosophila in Commercial Fruit Production

    Fruit flies native to the U.S. primarily lay eggs in soft, rotting fruit and cause little to no economic loses to undamaged fruits. These fruits flies are considered a nuisance pest to farmers unless the fruit has been previously injured. Spotted winged drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, on the other hand, is an invasive fruit fly that prefers to lay eggs in healthy, maturing fruit. It is native to Southeast Asia including China, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand (Walsh et al., 2011), where the climate is similar to the Midwest. First detected in Iowa in 2012, SWD has remained a relatively innocuous pest only causing isolated economic injury until the 2015 growing season. This publication outlines management practices and options for infested fruit.

  • Managing Storm-Damaged Trees

    Managing Storm-Damaged Trees

    Here are pruning tips for do-it-yourselfers or hiring hints if you bring in a professional.

  • Managing the Field within the Field

    Managing the Field within the Field

    The most important step in site-specific management is the identification of high traffic areas. Proper diagnosis of the cause of the problem, whether due to overuse, compaction, poor drainage, weed encroachment, or various other factors will provide a better return on investment and create increased safety and longevity of all fields.

  • Melones (en español)

    Melones (en español)

    Encuentre más información aquí sobre sandía, melón y melón dulce. Lea sobre los cultivares de melón, la siembra, la fertilización, el rendimiento, el riego, la polinización, los problemas potenciales y la cosecha y el almacenamiento. Spanish version of melons

  • Melons

    Melons

    Find more information here about watermelon, muskmelon, and honeydew melons. Read about melon cultivars, planting, fertilizing, yield, irrigation, pollination, potential problems, and harvest and storage.

  • Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide

    Midwest Fruit Pest Management Guide

    This 172-page guide contains a spray schedule and background information for commercial producers of apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums, grapes and berries. Recommendations for herbicides, pesticides and their application, and plant growth regulators are also included. It is a joint publication of Purdue University, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, Missouri State University, Ohio State University, and University of Wisconsin and includes information for producers in Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. This guide combines and replaces the Midwest Tree Fruit Spray Guide (PM 1375) and the Midwest Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide (PM 1282) into one easy to use reference manual. Also available in PDF from Purdue University.

  • Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers

    Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers

    This annual guide is a summary of currently suggested vegetable varieties, seeding rates, fertilizer rates, weed control, insect control, and disease control measures for commercial growers. The recommendations are for growers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Ohio. This guide is also available in PDF from Purdue University.

  • Miniature Roses

    Miniature Roses

    Miniature roses are ideal for container culture, and are popular flowering gifts that can brighten indoor spaces. Make your roses bloom with information on indoor and outdoor care, pest control, and recommended cultivars.

  • Mowing Your Lawn

    Mowing Your Lawn

    Mowing is an extremely common practice related to lawn care. This publication provides information on the frequency a lawn should be mowed and the proper height to cut the grass. Operating a mower is also discussed, as are safety measures.  PM 1213

  • National Directory Organic Agriculture Expertise

    National Directory Organic Agriculture Expertise

    This publication contains contact information on self-identified organic agriculture experts from 42 states and several countries around the world.

  • National Pest Alert - Asian Longhorned Beetle

    National Pest Alert - Asian Longhorned Beetle

    A two-page handout on the Asian longhorned beetles that includes color photos, description, damage, environmental impact and how to report a suspect.

  • National Pest Alert - Bagrada Bug

    National Pest Alert - Bagrada Bug

    A two-page handout on the bagrada bug that includes color photos, host range, potential impact and spread, life cycle, and management information.

  • National Pest Alert - Blueberry Shock Virus

    National Pest Alert - Blueberry Shock Virus

    A two-page handout on blueberry shock virus that includes origin, symptoms, biology, and management methods.

  • National Pest Alert - Chili Thrips

    National Pest Alert - Chili Thrips

    A two-page handout on the chili thrips that includes color photos, host plants, description of the thrips and plant damage, and monitoring methods.

  • National Pest Alert - Ralstonia solanacearum

    National Pest Alert - Ralstonia solanacearum

    A two-page handout on Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 that includes color photos, host range, symptoms, transmission and diagnosis.

  • National Pest Alert - Sudden Oak Death

    National Pest Alert - Sudden Oak Death

    A two-page handout on sudden oak death that includes color pictures, information on the origins and host range, and how to monitor for this disease.

  • National Pest Alert - Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut

    National Pest Alert - Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut

    A two-page handout on thousand cankers disease that includes color photos, transmission, biology, host plants, symptoms and management methods.

  • National Pest Alert - Western Bean Cutworm

    National Pest Alert - Western Bean Cutworm

    A two-page handout on the western bean cutworm that includes color photos, origin, description, life cycle, damage, monitoring an control methods. Previously known as EDC 370.

  • National Pest Alert - Zika Virus

    National Pest Alert - Zika Virus

    A two-page handout on zika virus that includes color photos, information on virus transmission, mosquito bite prevention methods, and the symptoms of zika virus.

  • Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Increased environmental concerns surrounding soluble nitrogen sources have forced many to reconsider organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers, as well as slow-release synthetic sources, release small amounts of nitrogen over long periods. University research from across the country has concluded that when applied correctly, organic and slow-release products will reduce environmental impact.

  • Nonchemical Alternatives for the Home Lawn

    Nonchemical Alternatives for the Home Lawn

    Homeowners can enjoy healthy, attractive lawns without the use of chemical pesticides. Included are lawn care practices can help establish a healthy, dense lawn that is able to fend off most pest attacks.

  • Oak Wilt - Identification and Management

    Oak Wilt - Identification and Management

    Oak wilt, the most damaging disease of oak trees in lowa, has killed many forest and landscape oaks in the eastern and central United States. Oak wilt has not devastated its host species, however, mainly because its spread from diseased to healthy trees has been relatively slow and sporadic. Nevertheless, local outbreaks of oak wilt can kill or injure many trees. The management practices described in this publication can help minimize the risk of losing oaks to this disease.

  • Onions

    Onions

    Onions are easy to grow and often yield well. Learn details about cultivars, planting, maintenance, harvest, and storage.

  • Opciones de control del barrenador verde esmeralda (en español)

    Opciones de control del barrenador verde esmeralda (en español)

    Dueños de propiedades y los aplicadores de pesticidas comerciales encontrarán medidas de control a considerar para prevenir y tratar la infestación de fresnos por el barrenador verde esmeralda. Incluye recomendaciones de productos y evaluación de eficacia de los insecticidas. Spanish version of Emerald Ash Borer Management Options.

  • Optimal Aronia Berry Harvest

    Optimal Aronia Berry Harvest

    Aronia berries are a super-fruit that are becoming more intriguing to consumers, farmers and researchers. This publication discusses research conducted by Iowa State University into aronia berry production in Iowa.

  • Organic Apple Production in Iowa

    Organic Apple Production in Iowa

    New and experienced organic apple growers will find recommendations in this guide for managing insect pests, diseases, and weeds. Tips about marketing opportunities also are included.

  • Organic Mulches

    Organic Mulches

    When choosing which organic mulch to use, consider availability, cost, appearance, function, and durability. Includes information on using bark, cocoa-bean hulls, corncobs, grass clippings, leaves, newspapers, pine needles, sawdust, straw, and wood chips.

  • Ornamental Grasses with Winter Interest

    Ornamental Grasses with Winter Interest

    An excellent way to brighten the winter landscape is to plant ornamental grasses. Learn about those well-suited for Iowa.

  • Ornamental Water Features for the Midwest

    Ornamental Water Features for the Midwest

    Water gardens are appealing to many, but the climate in the Midwest presents some specific challenges. This book examines the many considerations to building a water garden in the Midwest and includes basic guidelines for construction, maintenance, and selecting plants.

  • Papas (en español)

    Papas (en español)

    La patata es uno de los cultivos hortícolas más importantes del mundo. La publicación analiza los cultivares de papa y sus usos, la siembra, el cuidado, los problemas potenciales y la cosecha y el almacenamiento a corto y largo plazo. Spanish version of Potatoes

  • Peppers

    Peppers

    Learn about different pepper cultivars, planting, potential problems, harvesting and storage, and pepper hotness in your home garden.

  • Perennials for Shade

    Perennials for Shade

    If you think hostas are your only choice for shady gardens, think again. This full color publication gives growing characteristics, plant descriptions, and other tips for more than 70 perennials for shade gardens in zones 3 to 5. Special features include 130 color photos, bloom time comparisons, and specialty plant lists.

  • Perennials for Shady Areas

    Perennials for Shady Areas

    Selecting and planting shade-tolerant perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs can turn a shady site into an attractively landscaped area. Publication discusses perennials that are good choices for partially to heavily shaded locations.

  • Perennials for Sun

    Perennials for Sun

    Hundreds of perennials prefer the bright light and accompanying heat that define sunny sites. This full color publication gives growing characteristics for more than 100 perennials that thrive in the sun in zones 3 to 5. Special features include 140 color photos, plant descriptions, specialty plant lists, and other tips.

  • Pine Wilt: A Fatal Disease of Exotic Pines in the Midwest

    Pine Wilt: A Fatal Disease of Exotic Pines in the Midwest

    Find out how this disease is caused, how it spreads, and what can be done to manage it.

  • Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Plant Nematode Sample Submission Form

    Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Plant Nematode Sample Submission Form

    Download and use this form when submitting soil samples for nematode identification and counts. This form is for soybean cyst nematode egg counts, nematodes on corn, turfgrass nematodes, nematodes found in vegetable or fruit crop fields, as well as home gardens. Also includes instructions on collecting and shipping plant and soil samples for nematode analysis at the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic.

  • Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Sample Submission Form

    Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Sample Submission Form

    Download and use this form when submitting a plant problem (plant disease or insects/mites on plants), an insect for identification, a plant for identification, or a mushroom for identification. This form consolidates and replaces: PIDC 0031 PIDC 0033 PIDC 0042 PIDC 0043

  • Planting a Home Vegetable Garden

    Planting a Home Vegetable Garden

    Provides basic how-to information, including seedbed preparation, seed selection and sowing, and using transplants. Chart gives planting guidelines for 37 vegetables.

  • Planting and Harvesting Times for Garden Vegetables

    Planting and Harvesting Times for Garden Vegetables

    This guide can help northern, southern, and central Iowa vegetable growers schedule the planting of gardens so space may be used efficiently. Includes a staggered planting and harvest chart for crops grown April through October. Detailed planting directions are given for more than 25 common garden crops, such as radishes, lettuces, onions, peas, tomatoes, kale, peppers, squash, melons, and cucumbers.

  • Poinsettia Care

    Poinsettia Care

    The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States. Learn how to select a healthy plant and the care involved keeping the plant and getting it to bloom again next season.

  • Pollinators in the Garden

    Pollinators in the Garden

    Publication discusses what pollination is, common pollinators in Iowa, and how to attract pollinators to your garden.

  • Potatoes

    Potatoes

    The potato is one of the most important vegetable crops in the world. Publication discusses potato cultivars and their uses, planting, care, potential problems, and short and long-tern harvest and storage.

  • Prairies and Native Plantings as Outdoor Classrooms

    Prairies and Native Plantings as Outdoor Classrooms

    This publication outlines a process and the resources needed to help establish prairie to be used as an outdoor classroom. Such a classroom can be used to educate elementary through high school aged students about science, math, language arts, social studies and the arts.

  • Preventing Compaction on Athletic Fields

    Preventing Compaction on Athletic Fields

    This publication highlights school professionals and their influence on the overall use of the athletic field and natural turf quality.

  • Prevention, Detection, and Control of Bed Bugs in the Home

    Prevention, Detection, and Control of Bed Bugs in the Home

    Bug bugs are embarrassing and annoying. This fact sheet answers common questions related to preventing, detecting and controlling bed bugs in the home.

  • Production Guide for Commercial Strawberries

    Production Guide for Commercial Strawberries

    Provides tips to help evaluate local market potential plus guidelines for recommended cultural practices.

  • Protecting Bees from Pesticides

    Protecting Bees from Pesticides

    Know what to look for when checking pesticide labels for insecticides that can harm pollinators, especially bees. Find out about the insecticides that are most toxic to honey bees, bumble bees, and native solitary bees. Also find 10 ways that individuals can help protect bees. Includes several online sources of information.

  • Protecting Bees in Iowa

    Protecting Bees in Iowa

    Beekeepers and commercial pesticide applicators play important roles in protecting Iowa's bees. This publication outlines actions both groups can take to reduce the risks to bees that benefit Iowa's agroecosystem.

  • Pruning and Training Fruit Trees

    Pruning and Training Fruit Trees

    This illustrative publication will help you prune and train a variety of fruit trees. The level of pruning is determined by the kind, cultivar, and age of fruit trees.

  • Pruning Grapevines

    Pruning Grapevines

    Pruning grapes is easier when you understand the growth and fruiting characteristics of the grapevine. Learn the reasons for pruning, the common training systems, and how to prune.

  • Pruning Ornamental Shrubs

    Pruning Ornamental Shrubs

    Understand how plants grow, why pruning is necessary, and which tools to use to remove the mystery surrounding this routine horticulture practice.

  • Pruning Raspberries

    Pruning Raspberries

    To obtain maximum yields and to control diseases, raspberries must be pruned properly.

  • Pruning Trees: Shade, Flowering, and Conifer

    Pruning Trees: Shade, Flowering, and Conifer

    Discover the art and science of pruning with informative photos and detailed guidelines.

  • Putting the Field to Bed

    Putting the Field to Bed

    To insure health in the spring, an athletic field must be properly cared for before winter hits. This publication discusses how to get a fall sport field ready for the winter and how to get a spring sport field ready for competition.

  • Questions About Composting

    Questions About Composting

    If you are starting a compost pile in your yard or garden this year, this publication answers a few of the commonly asked questions about composting.

  • Rain Gardens: Filtering and Recycling Rain Water

    Rain Gardens: Filtering and Recycling Rain Water

    Rain gardens collect and filter rain water to improve storm water management. They also can provide an attractive habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects.

  • Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

    Rainwater Catchment from a High Tunnel for Irrigation Use

    Make high tunnels more profitable for crop production by installing a system to catch, store, and reuse the rainwater from periodic rain events. The authors describe system components, give approximate costs, and detail year-round maintenance procedures. Also described is a drip irrigation system.

  • Recommended Tomato Varieties for Commercial Production in Iowa

    Recommended Tomato Varieties for Commercial Production in Iowa

    A publication providing information on suitable tomato varieties for commercial field and high tunnel production in Iowa. Even home growers of tomatoes will find a number of determinate and indeterminate cultivars available for Midwest temperatures and soil types.

  • References and Resources for Prairies and Native Plantings

    References and Resources for Prairies and Native Plantings

    Prairie plants and other native plants are returning to the Iowa landscape. This publication offers a list of resources that will help those planning to create any size prairie plantings.

  • Regional Pest Alert - Cycad Aulacaspis Scale

    Regional Pest Alert - Cycad Aulacaspis Scale

    A two-page handout on the cycad aulacaspis scale that includes color photos, host plants, description of the scale, life cycle, plant symptoms, and management recommendations.

  • Regional Pest Alert - Lobate Lac Scale

    Regional Pest Alert - Lobate Lac Scale

    A two-page handout on the lobate lac scale that includes color pictures, host plants, description, symptoms and management recommendations.

  • Resource Guide for Iowa Master Gardeners

    Resource Guide for Iowa Master Gardeners

    The official textbook of the Iowa Master Gardener training, this 314-page book provides detailed information on all aspects of gardening. Each chapter is written by an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist, providing information and answers to questions about growing and tending plants. Its companion, "Workbook for Iowa Master Gardeners" is also available.

  • Responsible Phosphorus Management Practices for Lawns

    Responsible Phosphorus Management Practices for Lawns

    Following specific phosphorus management practices for turfgrass can help reduce potential pollution in surface water and groundwater.

  • Rhubarb in the Home Garden

    Rhubarb in the Home Garden

    Although classed as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit because its high acidity gives it a tart flavor. Learn about rhubarb cultivars, how to grow, fertilization, harvesting, care, and disease and insect management.

  • Roses for the Home

    Roses for the Home

    Roses are one of the most popular garden flowers. They can be grown in almost all areas of the North Central region and are adapted to many decorative purposes. New cultivars are introduced each year and are available in a wide range of colors and forms. Many types of roses are available for planting on lawns and boarders, for growing on arbors and trellises, for specimen tree roses, for use as bedding plants or hedges, and as a source of cut flowers.

  • Scale Insects on Ornamental Landscape Plants

    Scale Insects on Ornamental Landscape Plants

    Scale insects are tiny insects that can cause large problems for landscape plants. Despite their small size they can weaken and even kill ornamental plants. This publication provides information on identifying these insects and steps that can be taken to remove them from plants through biological, mechanical and chemical means. Previously known as IC 0415

  • Selecting a Grass Species for Iowa Lawns

    Selecting a Grass Species for Iowa Lawns

    No one type of grass species will thrive in all landscapes. Environmental conditions vary from one side of the state to the other. New, improved cultivars possess specific characteristics to counter these variations and are now available to Iowa homeowners. These guidelines for selecting a grass species will help prevent lawn problems in the future.

  • Selecting a Termite Control Service

    Selecting a Termite Control Service

    If you suspect your house is infested with termites or if other property in your neighborhood has termites, consult this publication for information on how to make a decision for a termite service contract. Termite prevention is also discussed.

  • Selling Fruits and Vegetables

    Selling Fruits and Vegetables

    Before investing resources into growing and selling fresh produce, use this publication to first help evaluate personal skills, market conditions, financial resources, and overall project feasibility.

  • Short Duration Cover Crops for Vegetable Production Systems

    Short Duration Cover Crops for Vegetable Production Systems

    Cover crops are planted not for harvest, but are designed to maintain and enhance the sustainability of a production system by improving soil fertility, water quality and can lead to the suppression of weeds, soil erosion and pests. This publication provides information on how to use short duration cover crops to aid production, especially during a fallow period between two vegetable crops. Choosing the correct cover crop will impact its effectiveness, as will the grower's method of seeding and termination. The publication provides tips for picking the right crop and showing how it should be used to maximize its effectiveness.

  • Small Plot Vegetable Gardening

    Small Plot Vegetable Gardening

    This publication outlines recommendations and techniques for growing quality vegetables in a limited space, including planning, site selection, summer care, and space saving techniques. Lists suggestions for 16 garden vegetables (more than 50 varietals) including: cucumber, green beans, pepper, pole beans, spinach, tomatoes, summer and winter squash, and others.

  • Small Sprayer Calibration

    Small Sprayer Calibration

    Pesticides must be applied at the labeled rate to achieve consistent results. Taking the time to properly calibrate the sprayer can improve the performance of the product, diminish the possibility of injury, and reduce pest control costs.

  • Social Wasps and Bees in the Upper Midwest

    Social Wasps and Bees in the Upper Midwest

    Are you interested in having more bees in your garden? Are wasps buzzing around your pop can? Learn about their life cycles, what they feed on, and where they nest. The behavior and biology of the most commonly encountered wasps and bees in Iowa are described in this resource available from our partners at University of Minnesota Extension. This resource was a joint project between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the University of Wisconsin Extension, and University of Minnesota Extension.

  • Sodding a New Lawn

    Sodding a New Lawn

    Sodding is the quickest way to establish a new turf area around new construction or to repair damaged lawns. While spring and fall are the preferable sodding times for cool-season grasses, sod can be established whenever the ground is not frozen or snow-covered. This publication provides homeowners with an overview of items to consider when establishing a new lawn and steps to take for best results. Previously known as PM 491 - Sod Establishment

  • Sphinx Moths

    Sphinx Moths

    Learn more about a fascinating insect behavior viewed in the home garden - nectar feeding by large, dark moths (sphinx moths) that look like hummingbirds.

  • Starting Garden Transplants at Home

    Starting Garden Transplants at Home

    Learn how to start annual flowers and vegetables at home, to enjoy them earlier in the growing season. This publication tells you how to select seeds; choose potting mixes, containers, and seed; and later move seedlings to the garden.

  • Stink Bugs of the Midwest

    Stink Bugs of the Midwest

    This reference guide helps distinguish the brown marmorated stink bug from other bugs of the Midwest. Stink bugs are common insects found in lawns, landscapes and field crops.

  • Suggested Daffodil Cultivars for Iowa

    Suggested Daffodil Cultivars for Iowa

    Several thousand daffodil cultivars are available. One way to choose is by considering the physical characteristics of different types. Brochure briefly describes 48 cultivars that are known to do well in Iowa.

  • Suggested soil micronutrient levels and sampling procedures for vegetable crops

    Suggested soil micronutrient levels and sampling procedures for vegetable crops

    Although needed in very small amounts, micronutrients have an important role to play in plant growth and development. Most of them are involved in enzymatic reactions that are essential for plant survival such as photosynthesis and respiration. This publication highlights the major roles, deficiencies, and toxicity symptoms of micronutrients in plants and provides an understanding of the interactions between micronutrients in the soil.

  • Suggested Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden

    Suggested Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden

    This publication suggests two or more produce varieties suited for Iowa gardens based on characteristics including color, size, texture, flavor, vigor, and early or late harvest. Includes more than 60 crops, such as: asparagus, beans, lettuces, endives, onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, peas, okra, eggplant, kale, peppers, pumpkins, melons, squash, leeks, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, beets, and several others.

  • Sustainable Home Landscapes

    Sustainable Home Landscapes

    Sustainable landscapes require less time, money and other resources. This book provides information on creating an environmentally friendly, economically feasible, and beautiful landscape by placing the right plant at the right place.

  • Sweet Corn

    Sweet Corn

    Plant breeders over the past decade have significantly improved sweet corn quality. Read about sweet corn types, cultivars, planting, pollination, fertilization, care, and harvest and storage plus information about growing baby corn.

  • Targeted Pest Management: Phenological Growth Guide for Grapevines

    Targeted Pest Management: Phenological Growth Guide for Grapevines

    This publication provides a timetable for pest emergence in Iowa and what pesticides can be used in Iowa's vineyards. Designed to be printed and carried with you in the field, this publication is oriented to be folded in half to fit easily into a glove box, folder or pocket.

  • Thatch Control in the Home Lawn

    Thatch Control in the Home Lawn

    Proper balance of thatch requires a combination of management practices including preventing thatch buildup by reducing plant growth, improving microbial decomposition, and mechanical removal of thatch when necessary.

  • The Garden Guide to Midwest Annuals and Perennials

    The Garden Guide to Midwest Annuals and Perennials

    An easy-to-carry guide (5"; x 8 1/2") for home gardeners and visitors to public gardens in the Midwest. Color photos and basic information about growing 300 annual and perennial flowers, Buck roses, ornamental grasses, herbs, vines, and even water plants. Symbols help to identify sun/shade requirements and indicate special uses (containers, butterfly gardens, etc).

  • The Griffith Buck Roses

    The Griffith Buck Roses

    Griffith Buck developed more than 85 roses that are noted for their free-flowering habit, disease resistance, and winter hardiness. Several varieties are described here, along with where you can find them.

  • The Language of Flowers

    The Language of Flowers

    Check out this list of more than 100 common flowers and their meanings. "Next time you give flowers to someone, consider selecting particular ones to express your sentiment."

  • The Sweet Lives of Honey Bees

    The Sweet Lives of Honey Bees

    This colorful, interactive infographic provides a look into the life of a honey bee. Beekeeper Ben guides readers through information on beehives, types of honey bees, bee jobs, planting flowers for bees and harvesting honey. Created through a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Honey Producers Association.

  • Therapeutic Gardening: A Factor in Choosing Healthcare Facilities

    Therapeutic Gardening: A Factor in Choosing Healthcare Facilities

    When choosing a healthcare facility, consider the outdoor environment. Well-designed landscapes provide therapeutic benefits to physical, emotional, and mental health. Here are nine features to look for.

  • Therapeutic Gardening: Benefits for Healthcare Facilities

    Therapeutic Gardening: Benefits for Healthcare Facilities

    Therapeutic gardens for healthcare facilities benefit residents, staff, and visitors. Find out details of how to plan and maintain these features.

  • Therapeutic Gardening: Creating Raised Bed Planters

    Therapeutic Gardening: Creating Raised Bed Planters

    Raised beds and planters make gardening accessible for gardeners of all abilities. Use this information to decide where to put your bed or planter, the materials that will be needed, and the types of plants to consider.

  • Therapeutic Gardening: Gardening Tips for Older Adults

    Therapeutic Gardening: Gardening Tips for Older Adults

    Here are descriptions of several simple ideas and inexpensive tools that can help people continue gardening as they grow older.

  • Therapeutic Gardening: Resources

    Therapeutic Gardening: Resources

    Resource list for making gardening easier and more accessible, including books, organizations, web sites, and selected educational programs.

  • Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in Iowa

    Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in Iowa

    Ticks can be found across the state of Iowa and are active from March through November. This publication discusses the three most common type of ticks in the state while also providing information on preventing Lyme disease and removing attached ticks.

  • Tips for Athletic Field Management on a Limited Budget

    Tips for Athletic Field Management on a Limited Budget

    Those responsible for athletic field turf management will find 10 useful tips on how to operate more effectively and efficiently.

  • Tomates (en español)

    Tomates (en español)

    Como la verdura más popular en el huerto familiar, los tomates son bajos en calorías y altos en vitamina C y antioxidantes. Esta publicación aborda la variedad de formas, tamaños y colores de los tomates con sugerencias para los jardines de Iowa según el color, el tamaño, la forma, el hábito de crecimiento (determinado o indeterminado) y el nombre. También incluye información detallada sobre la siembra, el espaciado, la fertilización, el entrenamiento, los rendimientos, la cosecha y el almacenamiento, incluidos consejos sobre cómo madurar los tomates verdes al final de la temporada. Spanish version of Tomatoes.

  • Tomatillos

    Tomatillos

    Tomatillos are a traditional part of Mexican cooking. Discover information on tomatillo cultivars, planting, fertilization, care, potential problems, and harvest and storage.

  • Tomatillos (en español)

    Tomatillos (en español)

    Los tomatillos son una parte tradicional de la cocina mexicana. Descubra información sobre cultivares de tomatillo, siembra, fertilización, cuidado, problemas potenciales y cosecha y almacenamiento. Spanish version of Tomatillos.

  • Tomato Diseases and Disorders

    Tomato Diseases and Disorders

    Learn about the symptoms and management of common problems for garden and greenhouse tomatoes.

  • Tomatoes

    Tomatoes

    As the most popular vegetable in the home garden, tomatoes are low in calories and high in vitamin C and antioxidants. This publication addresses the variety of tomato shapes, sizes and colors with suggestions for Iowa gardens based on color, size, shape, growth habit (determinate or indeterminate), and name. Also includes detailed information about planting, spacing, fertilizing, training, yields, harvesting, and storage, including tips on how to ripen end-of-season green tomatoes.

  • Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries

    Top 13 vegetables to donate to food pantries

    Many gardeners produce excess vegetables during the growing season. Some preserve their surplus vegetables for later use, while others give friends and neighbors the extras. Another option for using this excess produce could be a local food pantry. This publication discusses 13 vegetables that can be donated to food pantries and tips for growing and harvesting those vegetables.

  • Topdressing Athletic Fields

    Topdressing Athletic Fields

    This publication discusses whether a topdressing program is the right path to take, how to incorporate a program through cultivation, general costs of topdressing, the importance of sand particle size and how much sand is needed when applied on the surface following aerification.

  • Topping - Tree Care or Tree Abuse?

    Topping - Tree Care or Tree Abuse?

    Since topping trees is harmful, read about alternatives to solve site problems.

  • Toxicity of Common Lawn, Garden, and Ornamental Pesticides in Iowa

    Toxicity of Common Lawn, Garden, and Ornamental Pesticides in Iowa

    Pesticides are toxic to target pests, but can also cause potential harm to the applicator or the environment. This publication discusses how to understand a pesticide label, its toxicity and whether it could be toxic to bees. It also contains table that provide information on commonly used insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

  • Tree Fruit Pollination

    Tree Fruit Pollination

    The production of fruit on most plants, trees, and shrubs results from pollination of the blossoms. This publication explores tree fruit pollinations including methods of pollination, blooming times, and a chart to determine which apple cultivars are suitable pollinators.

  • Turfgrass Biological Soil Health

    Turfgrass Biological Soil Health

    Soil health or soil quality refers to the ability of soil to function and sustain productivity, enhance and maintain water and air quality, and support plant health. Soils provide many essential functions, such as regulating water, sustaining plant and animal life, reducing potential pollutants, cycling nutrients, and physical stability. Soil health involves physical, chemical, and biological processes and properties.

  • Turfgrass Management Calendar: Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns

    Turfgrass Management Calendar: Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns

    This management calendar is a guide for maintaining turfgrass and diagnosing turfgrass problems in central Iowa. Includes eleven different management areas and tips to adjust calendar for southern or northern Iowa.

  • Turfgrass Renovation

    Turfgrass Renovation

    Turfgrass renovation improves an area by seeding into the existing sod. It is a selective tillage process that falls short of completely reestablishing the turf. Included are step-by-step instructions on renovating turf areas for three situations.

  • Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals

    Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals

    This guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, lawns, and other turfgrass systems. The recommendations apply to the majority of the United States, with input from experts in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

  • Understanding Decline in Trees

    Understanding Decline in Trees

    Tips on how to identify, prevent, or reduce the stress-causing factors that lead to tree decline.

  • Understanding Pesticide Labels

    Understanding Pesticide Labels

    Detailed descriptions of all parts of pesticide labels provided. The label is the law. As a buyer, you assume responsibility for the consequences if the product is used in any way different from the label directions.

  • Understanding Thatch in the Home Lawn

    Understanding Thatch in the Home Lawn

    Moderate thatch formation is a normal development in lawns; however, problems can occur when the thatch layer is excessive. Learn about thatch's beneficial and detrimental aspects, causes of thatch, and related insects and diseases.

  • Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees

    Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees

    Flood-stressed trees show a variety of symptoms and also become candidates for insect and disease damage. Research has found some trees are more tolerant than others.

  • Using Mulches in Managed Landscapes

    Using Mulches in Managed Landscapes

    Tips on using mulches to maximize benefits and avoid pitfalls.

  • Verticillium Wilt of Woody Plants

    Verticillium Wilt of Woody Plants

    Learn about symptoms and management strategies for this fungal disease. This pub also provides a list of susceptible and resistant species.

  • Viburnums: Ideal Shrubs for Iowa Landscapes

    Viburnums: Ideal Shrubs for Iowa Landscapes

    Learn about the best viburnum species and cultivars for mid-Iowa (hardiness zones 4 and 5); also site selection and care and maintenance.

  • RG 104

    Want Yard or Garden Information? - Ask Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    You’ll find more than 100 publications with facts about flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, lawns, trees, and shrubs listed in this gardening resources publication.

  • Water Gardens: Aquatic Plants

    Water Gardens: Aquatic Plants

    Learn how to start a water garden. Topics include plant selection, floating plants, submerged plants, shallow marginal plants, deep water plants, planting methods, and fertilizing plants.

  • Water Gardens: FAQs

    Water Gardens: FAQs

    Starting and maintaining a water garden of any size inevitably brings questions. Find answers to the most commonly asked questions here.

  • Watering the Home Garden -- Use of Trickle Irrigation

    Watering the Home Garden -- Use of Trickle Irrigation

    Hardy vegetable crops draw upon water and nutrients in the soil in order to quickly establish their root systems and sustain rapid growth. This publication illustrates conserving water using soil mulch, hand watering, and sprinklers, and provides detailed pictures and instructions for installing a trickle irrigation system.

  • Weed Control in Home Lawns

    Weed Control in Home Lawns

    Maintain a weed-free lawn and learn about herbicides and how to use them. Prior to use, it is always wise to check and see if the chemicals mentioned within are allowed in your area.

  • Weed Management in the Home Garden

    Weed Management in the Home Garden

    Describes three methods of weed control for the home gardener; includes tips for using mulches effectively.

  • When to Divide Perennials

    When to Divide Perennials

    Herbaceous perennials are commonly divided for three reasons: to control size, to rejuvenate plants, and to propagate a prized perennial. The best time to divide perennials varies with the different plant species. Get the details here.

  • Where to Put Your Vegetable Garden

    Where to Put Your Vegetable Garden

    The amount of sunlight, soil type, and other factors are primary considerations when selecting a garden site. Get the details on planning your garden.

  • Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear

    Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear

    The characteristics of the tree, its environment, the cultural practices used, and the weather all affect a tree's ability to begin and continue to bear fruit. This publication discusses the keys to avoiding poor fruit set.

  • Zinnias

    Zinnias

    Zinnias prompt memories of grandmother's gardens and cheerful bouquets. They easily earn a good reputation with their dependability and array of flower colors and heights. Learn how to grow zinnias, the different types, about zinnia diseases and pests, and how to use them as cut or dried flowers.

Uncategorized resources

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources | Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    Agriculture and Natural Resources | Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    Connect with all the agriculture programs, resources, and research-based information available to Iowans through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
  • Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management

    Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management

    Researched based Wildlife Damage Management Information.
  • Iowa Soil Temperature Estimates

    Iowa Soil Temperature Estimates

    Daily average 4-inch depth soil temperatures by county for Iowa.
  • Landscaping for Wildlife

    Landscaping for Wildlife

    Resources and tips for attracting wildlife to your backyard from the Natural Resources Wildlife Extension Specialists.
  • Managing Problem Wildlife

    Managing Problem Wildlife

    Resources on managing problem wildlife in garden and home from the Natural Resources Wildlife Extension Specialists.
  • Master Conservationist Program

    Master Conservationist Program

    The Master Conservationist Program works to equip Iowans with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about natural resources and to become local leaders and educators.
  • Master Gardener Program

    Master Gardener Program

    Information about how to become a Master Gardener, the mission of the program, continuing education, volunteer opportunities, and the portal for reporting volunteer hours.
  • Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Increased environmental concerns surrounding soluble nitrogen sources have forced many to reconsider organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers, as well as slow-release synthetic sources, release small amounts of nitrogen over long periods. University research from across the country has concluded that when applied correctly, organic and slow-release products will reduce environmental impact.
  • Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Increased environmental concerns surrounding soluble nitrogen sources have forced many to reconsider organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers, as well as slow-release synthetic sources, release small amounts of nitrogen over long periods. University research from across the country has concluded that when applied correctly, organic and slow-release products will reduce environmental impact.
  • Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Increased environmental concerns surrounding soluble nitrogen sources have forced many to reconsider organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers, as well as slow-release synthetic sources, release small amounts of nitrogen over long periods. University research from across the country has concluded that when applied correctly, organic and slow-release products will reduce environmental impact.
  • Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Increased environmental concerns surrounding soluble nitrogen sources have forced many to reconsider organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers, as well as slow-release synthetic sources, release small amounts of nitrogen over long periods. University research from across the country has concluded that when applied correctly, organic and slow-release products will reduce environmental impact.
  • Natural (Organic) Fertilization for Turf

    Increased environmental concerns surrounding soluble nitrogen sources have forced many to reconsider organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers, as well as slow-release synthetic sources, release small amounts of nitrogen over long periods. University research from across the country has concluded that when applied correctly, organic and slow-release products will reduce environmental impact.
  • Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

    Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

    The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.
  • Resource Guide for Iowa Master Gardeners

    The official textbook of the Iowa Master Gardener training, this 314-page book provides detailed information on all aspects of gardening. Each chapter is written by an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialist, providing information and answers to questions about growing and tending plants. Its companion, "Workbook for Iowa Master Gardeners," is also available.
  • Soil Testing Resources for Home Gardeners

    Soil Testing Resources for Home Gardeners

    Resources on where and how to collect and submit a soil test for your home garden, lawn, and landscape.
  • Toxicity of Common Lawn, Garden, and Ornamental Pesticides in Iowa

    Pesticides are toxic to target pests, but can also cause potential harm to the applicator or the environment. This publication discusses how to understand a pesticide label, its toxicity and whether it could be toxic to bees. It also contains table that provide information on commonly used insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
  • Turfgrass Biological Soil Health

    Soil health or soil quality refers to the ability of soil to function and sustain productivity, enhance and maintain water and air quality, and support plant health. Soils provide many essential functions, such as regulating water, sustaining plant and animal life, reducing potential pollutants, cycling nutrients, and physical stability. Soil health involves physical, chemical, and biological processes and properties.
  • Turfgrass Biological Soil Health

    Soil health or soil quality refers to the ability of soil to function and sustain productivity, enhance and maintain water and air quality, and support plant health. Soils provide many essential functions, such as regulating water, sustaining plant and animal life, reducing potential pollutants, cycling nutrients, and physical stability. Soil health involves physical, chemical, and biological processes and properties.
  • Weeds in Lawns & Gardens

    Weeds in Lawns & Gardens

    Access all the information about dealing with weeds available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
  • Windbreaks - Planning, Establishing, and Maintaining

    Windbreaks - Planning, Establishing, and Maintaining

    Learn more about the planning, establishment, maintenance, and care of windbreaks from the Natural Resources Forestry Extension Specialists.