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Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals
This newly expanded guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod fa
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Verticillium Wilt of Woody Plants -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Learn about symptoms and management strategies for Verticillium wilt which affects a wide range of trees and woody shrubs. This publication also provides a list of susceptible and resistant tree speci
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Community Tree Planting and Care Guide
Trees provide many benefits to communities such as improved air quality, wildlife habitat and reduced energy consumption during the summer and winter. This publication discusses proper techniques for
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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 e
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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 s
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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
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Organic Turfgrass Fertilization
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
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Identifying Miscanthus in Iowa
Do you know the difference between the Miscanthus species? One species of Miscanthus is now being evaluated for its bioenergy potential. However, two other species of Miscanthus are becoming invasive
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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.
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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.
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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 le
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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 r
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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
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Responsible Phosphorus Management Practices for Lawns
Following specific phosphorus management practices for turfgrass can help reduce potential pollution in surface water and groundwater.
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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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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 n
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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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Growing Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Iowa
To successfully grow in Iowa, select cold hardy varieties, choose suitable planting sites, and follow recommended planting procedures.
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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
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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, n
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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.
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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.
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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 placin
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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
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Enterprise Budget: Christmas Trees
Gathering around a Christmas tree has been a family tradition since 1500. Purchasing the family tree has become a holiday event. Nationwide, approximately 35 million trees are sold annually and many I
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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 t
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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
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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.
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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,
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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 thatc
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Grasses for Special Uses -- Reiman Gardens
Describes and compares five grass species for use in special situations, including buffalograss, zoysiagrass, creeping bentgrass, rough bluegrass, and annual ryegrass.
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Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
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.
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Low-Growing Trees for Urban and Rural Iowa -- Community Trees
Choosing the proper tree will reduce tree/utility line conflicts, limit the need for pruning on a regular basis, and add to the beauty of the landscape. Fifteen recommended trees are described.
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Street Trees for Iowa -- Community Trees
Size and type of tree are important considerations when planting along streets. Check these descriptions of more than 65 useful cultivars.
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Conifer Species for Iowa -- Community Trees
With their ever-present foliage, conifers make excellent screens, windbreaks, and hedges and provide year-round visual interest. The included list of recommended conifers is a guide for homeowners and
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Understanding Decline in Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Tips on how to identify, prevent, or reduce the stress-causing factors that lead to tree decline.
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Pruning Trees: Shade, Flowering, and Conifer -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Discover the art and science of pruning with informative photos and detailed guidelines.
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Managing Storm-Damaged Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Here are pruning tips for do-it-yourselfers or hiring hints if you bring in a professional.
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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. Pr
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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 Har
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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.
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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 d
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Oak Wilt-Identification and Management -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Management practices described can reduce losses due to this most damaging disease of oak trees in Iowa.
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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 o
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Tree Planting: Planning
This publication discusses the first steps for successful tree planting, including planning, site preparation, selecting and ordering planting stock.
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Tree Planting: Establishment and Care
This publication discusses the last steps in successful tree planting, including caring for the nursery stock, planting methods, and plantation maintenance.
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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.
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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.
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Leaf Spot and Melting Out of Turfgrass -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Description and management information, plus how to submit samples for diagnosis.
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Fungal Cankers of Trees -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Cultural management techniques can help reduce the risk of canker diseases.
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Using Mulches in Managed Landscapes -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Tips on using mulches to maximize benefits and avoid pitfalls.
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Power Lines and Trees -- Community Trees
To assure safe and reliable electric service, trimming or removing trees near power lines is sometimes necessary. Included are descriptions of proper tree pruning methods to discuss with a qualified
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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
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Iowa's Oaks -- Reiman Gardens
Learn more about Iowa’s official state tree and the twelve different species native to Iowa.
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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,
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The Forest Where Ashley Lives
In this award-winning children's book, a 7-year-old girl named Ashley tells the story of her town's forest and how the trees help her community. Each page is colorfully illustrated to show a child mo
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Pine Wilt: A Fatal Disease of Exotic Pines in the Midwest -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Find out how this disease is caused, how it spreads, and what can be done to manage it.
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Tree Ordinances for Iowa Communities - Community Trees
Tree ordinances reflect the values of a community and the worth of a community’s trees. A tree ordinance encourages tree planting and care for beautification, air cooling and purification, noise abate
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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
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Establishing a Community Tree Program - Community Trees
This publication is intended to help cities and towns develop and administer a community tree program. Because communities are unique, the program should be tailored specifically for each community.
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Dutch Elm Disease and Disease-Resistant Elms -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Find out about disease-resistant elms to combat Dutch Elm Disease.
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Topping - Tree Care or Tree Abuse? -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Since topping trees is harmful, read about alternatives to solve site problems.
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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 atta
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Sample Tree Ordinances for Iowa Communities - Community Trees
Two sample ordinances are presented. Ordinances should be workable documents developed for the specific needs and plans of the individual communities.
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Diagnosing Tree Problems -- Sustainable Urban Landscapes
Guidelines for examining unhealthy trees and finding expert help.
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Juniper Diseases
Help with identification and control of the most common juniper diseases. Color photos and tables.
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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 instructio
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Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns - Turfgrass Management Calendar
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
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Nonchemical Pest Control for the Home Lawn and Garden -- Reiman Gardens
Nonchemical pest control alternatives include some new developments along with some old-time practices. Effectiveness varies. Learn about 17 alternatives.
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Identification of Conifer Trees in Iowa
This publication will help identify the most common conifer trees found in Iowa. It is based on vegetative characteristics including leaves, fruit, and bark.
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Identification of Hardwood Trees in Iowa
This publication will help identify the most common hardwood or deciduous trees found in Iowa. Separate species are grouped by similar characteristics, mainly based on type and arrangement of leaves.
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Rabbit Damage to Tree Plantings
Get details on fencing and repellents to prevent rabbit damage to trees.
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Iowa's Trees -- Iowa's Plants
This publication provides basic information on trees. It also introduces the wide variety of trees found in Iowa that produce nuts, fruits, and seeds and the role these trees play in the environment.
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Iowa's Shrubs and Vines -- Iowa's Plants
This publication is part of Iowa’s Plants booklet series and is prepared by the Iowa Association of Naturalists. It offers a basic overview of Iowa’s shrubs and vines, their ecology, and benefits. De
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