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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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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….

2 min read

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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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…

5 min read

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 …

3 min read

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…

4 min read

Street Trees 4: Proper Pruning

Proper Pruning is part four of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

Proper pruning will be an integral part of any successful urban forestry program. Without some form of help…

3 min read

Street Trees 2: The Design

The Design is part two of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.
Roots! Roots! Roots!
One of the biggest concerns for the design process is the provision of enough space for the …

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Street Trees 3: Planting the Trees

Planting the Trees is part three of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

After the tree species and size have been selected, the site properly prepared, and the planting hole …

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Street Trees 1: The Problem and the Solution

The Problem and the Solution is part one of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

This series addresses the planting and establishment of urban trees. It is designed to help th…

3 min read