Yard and Garden: Applying Herbicide and Fighting Fall Weeds

Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Fall is the ideal time to prepare a lawn for the months that lie ahead before spring, making sure it emerges healthy and happy.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to apply fall herbicide and control fall weeds, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

When is the best time to apply a broadleaf herbicide to the lawn?

Fall (late September to early November) is the best time to apply broadleaf herbicides in Iowa. In fall, perennial broadleaf weeds are transporting food (carbohydrates) from their foliage to their roots in preparation for winter. Broadleaf herbicides applied in fall will be absorbed by the broadleaf weed’s foliage and

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    Community and Retail Academy to be held in Le Mars

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Community and Retail Academy conference coming to Le Mars Wednesday, Oct. 29.

    Business, industry, and community leaders are invited to learn about ways to create and market business branding, social media marketing, creating livable communities, and learning the customer trends for Northwest Iowa and Plymouth County.

    The Iowa Retail Initiative with Iowa State University will be the “teachers”

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    Real Estate & Mobile home Taxes Are Due

    Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the first-half real estate and mobile home taxes are due now and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail.

    The delinquent date is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Mail must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2014 to avoid delinquent interest. Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on September 30 does not guarantee a September 30 postmark.

    Delinquent interest of 1.5%

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    Homecoming Float Contest

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Parade Float Contest during the Akron-Westfield Homecoming celebration, Sept. 26.

    There are two categories: 1) Businesses and 2) Non-Profit Organizations/Individuals. Prizes are $25 Chamber Bucks to the winner of each category. Akron-Westfield’s theme is “Living in the Movie Scene in 2014.”

    For more contest information, contact Chamber President Brad Britton, 568-2304, or for parade information, contact Krista Weiland at 568-2020.

    Boy Scout sign-up is Sept. 16

    Akron-Westfield students who are interested in becoming Boy Scouts are invited to register for the 2014-2015 activities at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Akron-Westfield Community School.


    Motorcyclist crashes just north of Akron

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron Emergency Medical Service and Akron Fire Department personnel responded to a one-vehicle accident north of Akron on Iowa Highway 12 at about 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

    Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reported Kevin Buffington, age 54, of Sioux Fall, S.D., was injured when his motorcycle entered the east ditch and he was thrown from the bike.

    Buffington was transported by Akron EMS to

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    Councilors closed street for Tri-State Cruisers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At their Aug. 26 meeting, Akron councilors took action to make room downtown for those cruising with their classic vehicles to Akron Wednesday, Sept. 3.

    Councilor Barb Johnson made the motion and Councilor Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher seconded it to close Reed Street from in front of Jacobson Auto Parts, which is located in the west half of the 200 block, to the U.S. Post Office at the intersection of Reed and Fourth Streets. This will still allow

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    See the progress being made on Reed Street

    On Monday, the first concrete was poured at the intersection of Fourth and Reed Streets, giving Akronites hope that the street would be done in time for the annual Akron-Westfield Homecoming Parade. Not to worry though, an alternate parade route has been planned — just in case Mother Nature or Old Man Winter has other ideas.

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    Akron Tractor Pull: Quite a few ‘firsts’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Whether it was a youngster’s first time pulling or a spectator’s first time to see the sport of tractor pulling, everyone appeared to have a good time.

    There were spectators from as far away as Alaska and Chile that came to Akron Business Park to see tractor enthusiasts hookup to a weighted sled and see how far their tractors could pull the sled down the track.

    The Akron Tractor

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    Local Moms in Prayer groups are forming in area

    Moms in Prayer are beginning to gather for weekly times of prayer for students and schools.

    Moms in Prayer (formerly known as Moms in Touch, is an international, inter-denominational ministry founded by Fern Nichols who continues to serve as the organization’s president.

    Rachel Raih, of Sioux Center, currently serves as the Iowa Moms in Prayer state coordinator. For more information, women may contact her at 712-266-3711 or visit the website: www.momsinprayer.org.