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Author: Kenneth Tilt, Eve Brantley, Wiliie Datcher, et al.
PubID: ANR-1359
Title: Alabama Smart Yards
Pages: 100     Balance: 0

Alabama Smart Yards

Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities ANR-1359

INTRODUCING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRACTICAL
MANAGEMENT OPTIONS TO OUR YARDS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

Alabama The Beautiful

"Alabama The Beautiful" is a motto that reflects our state's natural resources and biodiversity. Using scientifically based, environmentally sustainable landscape practices, we can maintain and enhance the unique natural beauty of Alabama for ourselves and for generations to follow. Conservation and efficient, responsible use of our natural resources is the overriding concept and the educational goal of the Alabama Smart Yards (ASY) program. Participating in this process will save you time, energy, and money while preserving our natural heritage.

ASY is a cooperative alliance and mission developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association, the Alabama Master Gardeners Association, and the Auburn University Department of Horticulture.

Information contained in this manual was edited and adapted for Alabama's climate and soils from the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program with permission from the authors. We thank the authors for their hard work and the US Environmental Protection Agency for partial support of this program. We also would like to thank the authors of the Tennessee Yards and Neighborhoods Program for sharing ideas and marketing concepts.

  1. GETTING STARTED
    A Successful Landscape Plan
    Common Landscape Mistakes
  2. LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION
    Plant Selection and Placement
    Planting Tips
    Proper Tree Planting
    Turfgrasses
    Ask the Experts
  3. WATERING EFFICIENTLY/IRRIGATION PRACTICES
    Watering Tips
    Calibrating Irrigation Systems
  4. CARE AND MAINTENANCE
    Pruning
    Lawn Maintenance and Mowing
    Fertilizing Lawns
    Fertilizing Woody Landscape Plants
    Soil Testing
    Indicator Species of Healthy Environment
  5. MULCHING
    Mulch Facts
    Guidelines for Using Mulch
    How Much to Buy
    Using Yard Waste as Mulch
  6. RECYCLING YARD WASTE
    Recycle While You Mow
    Composting
  7. ATTRACTING WILDLIFE
    Requirements for Wildlife
    Butterfly Gardens
    Honey Bees
    Good Plants for Bees
  8. MANAGING YARD PESTS RESPONSIBLY
    Integrated Pest Management
    Avoiding Pest Problems
    Identifying Pest Problems
    Treating Pest Problems
    Common Landscape Pests and Their Management
    Plant Diseases
  9. REDUCING STORMWATER RUNOFF
    Nonpoint Source Pollution
    Making Every Raindrop Count
    Grass-lined Swale
    Non-impervious Surfaces
    Rain Barrels and Cisterns
    Controlling Mosquitoes and Algae
    Rain Chains
    Rain Gardens
    Constructed Wetlands and Retention Ponds
  10. PROTECTING THE WATERFRONT
    Saltwater Considerations
    Freshwater Considerations
    Man-made Lakes and Ponds
    Stormwater Control Ponds (Retention Ponds)
    Seasonal Ponds
  11. APPENDIX
    Extension Agents / Extension Master Gardener Helpline / Publications
    Plant List
    Plants for Rain Gardens
    Regional Plant Nurseries
    Site Assessment Instructions/Checklist

 

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS
Eve Brantley, Willie Datcher, Mark Dougherty, Glenn Fain, Tony Glover, Ellen Huckabay, Patti Hurley, Charlene Lebleu,
Gerald McQueen Jr., Sallie Michael, Eric Reutebuch, Roland Roark, Katie Werneth, Amy Wright

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Kerry Smith
Ken Tilt

EDITOR/DESIGNER
Bernice Fischman

BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Auburn University Department of Horticulture

Alabama Cooperative Extension System Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association Alabama Master Gardeners

 


For more information, contact your county Extension office. Visit http://www.aces.edu/counties or look in your telephone directory under your county's name to find contact information.


Published by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University), an equal opportunity educator and employer.


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