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At Home: Maintenance tips for your mid-summer garden

Summer is officially here, and gardens are in full bloom. Jennifer Shull, manager at Culver's Garden Center and Greenhouse, offers some advice to k ... »

From the Ground Up: When to bring summer blooming flowers indoors

Last month we shared tips for spring bouquets, this week is tips for long lasting summer blooms. Always cut flowers in early morning when they cont ... »

Lowe Park will be one of six stops on Linn County Garden Walk

LINN COUNTY — Just a short drive from downtown Marion, a tranquil destination awaits.

Lowe Park's demonstration gardens are home to n ... »

Tips to choose the right tree for your yard

Planting new trees? Chose ones that fit the area, says Lucy Hershberger, owner of Coralville-based landscaping company Forever Green.

Right s ... »

Expansive vegetable garden, plethora of perennials create Iowa City oasis

IOWA CITY — The front yard of Monica and Paul Hoherz’s modest ranch home at 724 Wheaton Rd. in Iowa City is deceptive.

With ju ... »

From the Ground Up: Manage garden pests naturally

Pesky pests plague every garden beginning mid-June and lasting throughout the season. Fortunately, there are some alternatives to chemical treatmen ... »

Laminate offers high-end look at lower cost

Granite and quartz countertops are popular, but they can be costly. Laminate quartz or granite-patterned countertops are widely available and offer ... »

Urban orchards taking root

In a few years, visitors to Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Lowe Park in Marion and Wetherby Park in Iowa City will be able to pick an apple or a p ... »

Honeybees aren’t the only pollinators on the block

After being taken for granted for decades, pollinators are in the spotlight due in large part because of dramatic declines in honeybees and monarch ... »

From the Ground Up: Enjoy beauty of garden flowers inside

We all love fresh bouquets of flowers, and they're even better when they come from your own gardens. Fresh cut flowers need a little tender loving ... »

How does your garden grow?

It doesn't get any fresher than making a meal with vegetables picked in your backyard. As you plant your vegetable patch, here are some tips to get ... »

At Home: Ready to relax

Ready to relax outside this summer? You’ll likely have plenty of friends to join you.

“Patio furniture is probably one of the h ... »

From The Ground Up: Tips for caring for spring-flowering bulbs

Q: When can I remove the flowers and leaves on bulbs that have faded?

A: You can remove the flower heads as soon as the flowers fade. Removin ... »

At Home: Patio season

Patio season is in full swing. To create your perfect outdoor space, consider shade, screening, ambience and flow, says Lucy Hershberger, owner of ... »

From the Ground Up: Hollyhocks reign tall in the garden

I’d like to honor my mother and grandmother today by sharing their favorite flower with you: the Alcea rosea or Hollyhocks. These stately pl ... »