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Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas: Pollinator Ecology

Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas is a four-part series providing information and recommendations for the protection of pollinating insects in urban landscapes throughout the Southeast. Animal pollinators can be birds or even ba…

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Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas: Safe Use of Integrated Pest Management

The fourth in the Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas series focuses on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to landscaping and pest management from a conservation perspective. The emphasis is on methods that can eliminate…

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Problems in Ornamental Garden Pools

Problems is part six of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.
Water Quality Problems
The two most common water quality problems are oxygen depletions and the build-up of toxic nitrogenous wastes.

Oxygen depletions occur because th…

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Aquatic Plants for Ornamental Garden Pools

Aquatic Plants is part five of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

Aquatic plants not only add beauty to an ornamental pool but are also effective filters and nutrient absorbers. Plants, like sagittaria or anacharas (elodea), come…

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Fish for Ornamental Garden Pools

Fish is part four of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

One common mistake made by novice ornamental pool owners is to stock too many fish. Many people do not consider the number of fish the pool can safely support and that fish …

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Water for Ornamental Garden Pools

Water is part three of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.
Water Source
Whether your ornamental pool is a plastic tub or a backyard wonder with waterfalls and hidden lights, good water quality must be maintained. If not, the pool d…

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Equipment and Costs of Ornamental Garden Pools

Equipment and Costs is part two of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

Ornamental garden pools can be relatively expensive to build and maintain, although many beginners start with little expense by using an old wash tub or a chil…

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Location, Size, and Type of Ornamental Garden Pools

Location, Size, and Type is part one of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

Ornamental pools, long common in the Orient, are becoming very popular in the United States. The soothing, visual beauty of pools is enhanced by aquatic p…

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Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter

About the Newsletter
Welcome to Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) where we are committed to providing you research-based information for improving farm income and the quality of life for all residents. The main purpose of this ne…

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Pruning Crapemyrtles

AUBURN, Ala. – Crapemyrtles are planted at many homes and in gardens across the South. They are a popular choice because of their bright bloom colors of red, white, pink or purple and trunks with sheets of bark in hues of brown and gray….

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Alabama Beginning Farmer Program

The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project is funded by grants from the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (Awards 2015-04598 & 2018-02936). The overall project implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide rang…

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Successful Aging Initiative

What is the Successful Aging Initiative?

The Successful Aging Initiative (SAI) program promotes health and estate planning for Alabama’s older adults, families, and caregivers.
The program uses Seniors CAN, a curriculum that edu…

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Cover Crops for Alabama

Cover crops are those grown to benefit the following crop as well as to improve the soil. They are normally not intended for harvest. “Green manure” is another term often used for soil-building cover crops. Cover crops can protect the s…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Greene County

Homes are found throughout rural Greene County on  a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Major soil groups include alkaline and acidic, clayey soils of the Alabama Black Belt prairie region (34% of land), sandy and loa…

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