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Mapping Out a Plan for a Landscape

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The results are in: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring. This leaves many gardeners itching to get their hands in the garden. Before diving in head first, make plans to map out th…

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Commercial Turf and Lawn IPM Guide

Alabama Extension’s recommendations include products by active ingredients and labeled use rates for the primary pests of turfgrass. Before using an insecticide, it is important to properly identify the pest. Alabama Extension has…

Picking the Best Blackberry Varieties

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Interested in planting blackberries? Choosing the best blackberry varieties for the backyard garden will require a little homework. Because there are so many blackberry varieties, gardeners should spend a bit of …

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Soil Sampling: Important Part of Spring

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Show off a green thumb and ensure growing conditions are right by collecting soil for soil samples prior to planting. The Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory offers this service to help growers make informe…

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Fruit Trees: A Sweet Backyard Treat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –  Whether is a juicy peach or a sweet apple, there are many fruit trees that make a perfect addition to the back yard. In order for them to grow and produce fruit, growers must properly plant and care for the tre…

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Pruning Roses Promotes Vigorous Growth

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Roses are red, violets are blue. Roses need pruning; ensure that you do.

Warm weather in January has gardeners itching to grab a pair of pruners and head to the flowerbeds. While pruning roses promotes growth i…

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Collecting Soil and Root Samples for Nematode Analysis

Learn how to properly collect soil and root samples to test for nematodes.

Why Sample for Nematodes?

Several kinds of plant parasitic nematodes attack Alabama’s field crops, gardens, and landscape plantin…

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Nematode Control in the Home Vegetable Garden

Most gardeners are familiar with problems caused by diseases and insects because such problems are easily recognized. Few gardeners, however, are aware of the damage nematodes can cause.

Nematodes are microscopic (less than…

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Fall: Time for a Garden Refresh

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—As autumn brings cooler temperatures to Alabama, it looks as if summer heat is on the way out. Pleasant weather has drawn many southern gardeners out to make lawn and garden updates.

Whether it is general mainte…

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Manage Pests in Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardens

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Now that fall is upon us, gardeners should take the needed steps to manage pests in their fall and winter vegetable gardens. People often forget that this time of year is when some pest populations are extremely …

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Buying and Planting Azaleas This Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The bursting blooms and colors of azaleas guarantee them to be the star of any landscape. With fall just beginning, now is the best time for gardeners to purchase and plant their azaleas. Planting them now will a…

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Everyday Water Conservation

While Alabama averages 55 inches of rain per year, the state also experiences drought. These may be flash droughts that last a few months or long term droughts that continue for a year or more. Since drought is a gradual onset of conditions…

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Yellow Jackets Most Aggressive in Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With fall just around the corner, the time when yellow jackets are at their most aggressive is fast approaching. To make matters worse, Alabama is experiencing unusually high yellow jacket populations this year. …

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Freeze Vegetables This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – From tomatoes to squash, summer is filled with a wonderful bounty of garden vegetables. Wouldn’t it be great to have these fresh vegetables all year long? Luckily, people can freeze fresh produce from the local…

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Lightning Bugs: Summer’s Night Light

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Many southerners have fond memories of catching lightning bugs on a summer’s night. The fascination surrounding these insects always invoke curious questions. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System professional prov…

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