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Seedless Watermelons: A Sweet Summer Treat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For many, watermelons are an all-time favorite summer treat. More recently, consumers are seeing more availability of seedless varieties of watermelons. The genetics of these varieties are quite complex. This compl…

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Pruning Produces Bigger Tomatoes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For many, a garden is not complete without tomato plants in it. Whether you are a producer or a backyard gardener, growing the biggest and best tomatoes is often the end goal. Pruning tomato plants can help people …

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Winter Maintenance for Lawns and Landscapes

Eight tasks for the winter season to ensure your landscape is ready for spring growth.

Cut the grass
Cut warm season lawns to a height of 1-2 inches. Cut cool season lawns to a height of 3-4 inches. Winter snow and cold may damage roots…

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Harvest for Health: Making an Impact on Cancer Survivors

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States today. Through the Master Gardener program, Alabama Extension’s home grounds team is working to make an impact on the lives of…

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Calibrating Sprayers Important For Gardeners

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With spring fully upon us, many people will be spending much of their time planting and maintaining their gardens. Part of this maintenance is spraying to control weeds and pests. Calibrating sprayers before applyi…

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Winter Maintenance for Gardens and Flower Beds

Eight tasks for the winter season to ensure your landscape is ready for spring growth.
Remove finished and dead plants
Overwintering plant litter can harbor pests and diseases. Tilling under pest and disease free litter is another option….

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Mulches for the Home Landscape

Nature mulches plants with fallen leaves and other organic materials. Mulching, as practiced by gardeners, is merely an adaptation of this natural process.

Advantages of Mulching
Adding a layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and pla…

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Attracting Garden Pollinators

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Pollination is one of the most common concerns when planting spring and early summer gardens. How do gardeners know if their cucumbers and squash are really getting pollinated?

Dani Carroll, an Alabama Extension…

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Carpenter Bees: Destructive Spring Pests

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Carpenter bees are known as one of the most destructive spring pests there are. In their search for a place to lay their eggs, theses bees can cause severe damage to homes and buildings. Knowing how to control th…

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Azaleas: An Alabama Beauty

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Azaleas are a well-known staple in Alabama yards and gardens. Bursting with blooms and color, azaleas are the stars of spring. Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds, gardens and home pests agent, said azaleas may…

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