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Autumn leaves are coming. Ready or not!

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Once again, summer is coming to an end. But that just means another phase in the life cycle of Iowa's forests.

If you pay attention, you can tell things are changing. Days are shorter. The temperatures are milder. And according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, northern Iowa is already seeing its first blush of autumn leaves.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, it's Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe speaks with a DNR forester about what causes this change and where we can see it. Then our guests answer listeners' gardening questions.


  • Mark Vitosh, forester for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Aaron Steil, consumer horticulture Extension specialist
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa