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Must Have Lawn and Garden Resources

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The gardening season is in full swing. Flowers are blooming and gardeners are harvesting their bounty. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has many great lawn and garden resources for homeowners. Whether a m…

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Blossom-End Rot Possible in Tomatoes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For many, there is nothing better than eating a tomato sandwich using fresh tomatoes from the garden. Tomatoes are often the most common plants in a basic garden. There are many varieties on the market, each one …

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Hydrangea Pruning Times Depend on Species

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—With every rule, there is an exception—such is the case with pruning hydrangea bushes, according to Bethany O’Rear, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

“Typically, …

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Uncovering False Oleander Scale

False oleander scale (FOS) can be a serious pest of southern magnolia, palms, and aucuba.  The biology of FOS is somewhat of a mystery.   The most commonly targeted stages for management are females and crawlers (mobile baby scales).  …

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July Heat Perfect For Planting Pumpkins

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—While April showers bring May flowers, apparently July heat brings pumpkins. Temperatures in July are perfect for planting pumpkins. In order to have them ready for fall, growers have to plant at just the right tim…

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Smart Yard Landscapes

1. Be Smart–Have a Plan

Create an overall design plan that considers your family’s needs for this landscape. A well-conceived landscape design is based on 1. Having a plan. 2. Choosing the right plants. 3. Understandi…

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Wasps: Watch Out This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –While helpful in controlling other insects, wasps are more known for their painful stings. The term wasp is somewhat generic. Hornets, mud daubers and yellow jackets are all wasps, with hornets and yellow jackets …

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

There are many questions people have about growing methods. One particular topic that gardeners often ask about is foliar feeding. There are a lot of products on the market, enticing growers to spray them on their plants with promises of bi…

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Massive Yellow Jacket Nests Appearing Again In Alabama

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Imagine a colony of yellow jackets the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, filled with 15,000 of the stinging insects. Now, imagine more than 90 of these super nests in Alabama. It happened in 2006, and Charles Ray, an e…

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The Buzz: Pollinators are Essential

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Bees are more than…

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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants Around Homes

Tawny crazy ants are considered by many to be one of the worst nuisance ants. Learn how to identify and keep these pests from invading your home.

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as the Caribbean or…

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Controlling Scale Insects and Mealybugs

Scale insects and mealybugs can be difficult to detect. Learn how to identify and control these pests hiding on your plants and turfgrass.

Scale insects and mealybugs are plant-feeding pests considered by landscapers and nursery producer…

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Common Insects and Disease Pests of Turfgrasses & Ornamentals

Five pest groups, insects, and related arthropods, snails and slugs, vertebrates, plant disease agents, and weeds can cause problems in urban landscapes and nursery production. Of these, insects and related arthropods and plant disease agen…

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Southern Blight on Tomato

Extension scientists identified Southern blight in a tomato planting in mid-June. Southern blight is a soil-borne fungal disease and is a problem on tomatoes and other broadleaf crops.

The disease thrives under moist conditions and high…

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Deciding Which Blueberry Cultivars to Plant

If you have decided to grow blueberry plants and do not know which cultivars to plant, ask yourself this question. How will the planting be used? Some growers want all of the berries to ripen at the same time so they can be harvested at the…

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