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From The Ground Up: Time to trim those oak trees now

That small window of opportunity to trim oak trees (December through the end of February) is quickly nearing its end, so if you still have this item o ...

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Nature’s Notes: How wildlife survive ice, snow

Ice storms present the most dangerous weather for many wild animals and much of the Midwest experienced thick ice in mid-January. Humans are lucky. We ...

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From The Ground Up: Kokedama gives plants a new look

There's a hot new trend in houseplants. It's modern, sleek, natural, and unpretentious. It's kokedama. From the Japanese, loosely translated, 'koke' m ...

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Nature’s Notes: Wild turkeys abundant in Corridor

Yellowstone National Park experiences bear traffic jams as dozens of cars stop to view bruins sauntering near the road. Iowa's own Corridor lacks bear ...

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Nature’s Notes: Mink sighted in Corridor

Corridor residents may be surprised to spot a consummate carnivore dashing about their backyard. In fact, our neighbors spotted one at their small out ...

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Nature’s notes: Grand natural Christmas trees grace Corridor

This December's frigid, fluffy snow created a perfect natural Christmas tree scene in the Corridor. Hundreds of stately urban and suburban spruces wer ...

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From The Ground Up: Ordering seeds from catalogs

The first seed catalog is soon to arrive full of the promise of summer and the temptation of varieties untried. Then the next catalog, and the next, a ...

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Nature’s Notes: Adaptions help chickadees survive the cold

Black capped chickadees are one of the most common birds to visit backyard feeders. They seem to be common everywhere and especially enjoy eating sunf ...

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From The Ground Up: Know how to care for those beautiful holiday plants

This Christmas I sure hope you are enjoying a beautiful holiday plant as part of your seasonal festivities. If you give your holiday plant a little te ...

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Nature’s Notes: Stately black walnuts thriving in corridor

A common area tree was valued by Native Americans and pioneers. In days when food was scarce and winter loomed black walnuts yielded nutritious food t ...

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From The Ground Up: Late season tasks do make a difference

Even when the snowflakes fly, we can let our thoughts turn to gardening. We might have put our beds to sleep, tucked in our planters, and emptied our ...

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From The Ground Up: Prevent sunscald on susceptible trees this winter

Winter weather has arrived and young trees need a little TLC to avoid a common malady called sunscald. Sunscald is a common problem found in young th ...

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From The Ground Up: Is it a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter cactus?

The holiday season is upon us and that means not only decorations, but holiday plants. This is the time of year when there is an abundance of nice hol ...

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Nature Notes: Discovering traces of Iowa’s glaciers

Most people would expect to trek to Alaska or the northern Rockies to experience glaciation. However, they can stay close to home and enjoy glacial ha ...

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From The Ground Up: Time to grow an indoor herb garden

Now that most outside chores are done for the year, and nature is going into hibernation, many of us look for something to grow inside. We love to bri ...

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