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2020 Garden Calendar - Butterflies: flowers that fly and all but sing
Floating lightly on the breeze, butterflies add beauty to any garden. The butterfly takes center stage in the 2020 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Garden Calendar, showcasing the vibrant colors and majestic beauty that makes them such a welcome part of any backyard or garden. This 12-month calendar showcases butterflies throughout the year, as they bring their special beauty to each page.

The large calendar grid offers space to create a gardening journal to record the progress of your own garden. Refer to the monthly tips that provide timely cultural information for fruits and vegetables, lawn care recommendations, tree and shrub guidance, and other information. Whether it be flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees, or turfgrass, this annual calendar provides tips on a variety of topics so that you can easily know what task should be completed next in your own garden.
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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.
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Turfgrass Management Calendar: Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns
A lawn's overall appearance is directly related to the proper timing of maintenance activities and sticking with a solid, well-timed plan for several years in a row. This publication discusses the timing of lawn maintenance activities such as mowing, fertilization, watering, weed control, seeding and much more. It provides instructions on how each activity should be implemented during different phases of the calendar.

Previously known as PM 1063. PM1063
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Establishing a Lawn from Seed
Following proper procedures and planting high quality seed are the keys to successfully establishing a lawn. More details here.
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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.
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Pesticides and Water Quality
Find out how you can reduce pesticide contamination of water — whether you're treating a corn field, a lawn, or a building structure. You'll know more about Iowa watersheds, runoff, and leaching as well as best management practices to follow.

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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.
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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.
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Making Choices About Cleaning Wet Carpet - Disaster Recovery Series
Floodwater contains sewage and unknown chemicals that will contaminate carpet and present a health risk. If carpeting was flooded with basement seepage, with lawn runoff, or by sump pump failure, the risk may be less. In these cases, if your carpet was in good condition, you can try to clean it. Use this publication to help decide what to do.
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Garden Tips Guidelines to Seasonal Chores -- Reiman Gardens
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.
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Storm Recovery Guide
Topics include:
  • Be Safe: Stay Healthy After Disaster
  • Surviving and Recovering from a Power Outage
  • Restoring Storm-damaged Buildings
  • Salvaging Water-damaged Belongings
  • Lawn and Garden Losses
  • Financial Recovery and Risk Management.
This 32-page resource was created and made available in PDF by LSU AgCenter.
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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.
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