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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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Guide to Picking a Good Tree

The #1 problem in tree selection is root defects in container grown trees.

To Picking a Good Tree
Buying a tree is a livestock purchase. Think about it. You are buying a living organism. Your money well spent depends on the tree bei…

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Six Tips for Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala – Spring’s warmer weather and blooming flowers are a welcomed sight to many people. Gardeners and homeowners everywhere will soon be venturing out to accomplish their spring gardening and cleaning tasks. With spring t…

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Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

Every square foot of soil can be different. Soil acidity and nutrients vary across the surface of the soil and with the depth of the soil.

Collecting Soil Samples

It is important that you take a composite sample …

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Home Soil Testing: Using The Soil Test Report

The Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory report includes: your intended crop(s), the soil group your sample belongs to, soil pH, results/extractable nutrients, nutrient rating, lime and fertilizer recommendations, as well as c…

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Early Developing Peach Varieties Take A Hit

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Early-developing varieties of peaches took a hit from recent freezing temperatures. Some parts of Alabama reached temperatures as low as 21 degrees F between March 4 – 7. Depending on the area and conditions, e…

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Early Season Thoughts on Disease Management in the Home Vegetable Garden

The following article contains information on early season disease management for home vegetable gardens.
Seeds
There are some plant diseases caused by fungal, bacterial and viral pathogens that can be seed-borne. Growers should consult s…

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