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Smart Yard Landscapes

…tablished, most require little, if any, supplemental water, fertilizers, or pesticides. Choose plants that tolerate our climate’s large variability in moisture and the soil type in your yard.
Native Plants
Southeastern native plants are…

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Foliar Feeding Vegetables

…es, which protect that stoma from the elements.

As the leaf ages, this cuticle becomes thicker. Also, the hotter the climate, the heavier the cuticle.  However, do not confuse the hot climate with the ideal times for absorption, which a…

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Street Trees 2: The Design

…s very important that these plants, as well as the surrounding soil, be watered every 2 to 3 days, depending upon local climate and soil conditions, for the first 6 months. Once the roots have begun to grow into the surrounding soil, reduce…

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Drought-Tolerant Landscapes for Alabama

…the effort of establishment. After the establishment period, gradually reduce watering frequency during dry spells to acclimate plants to drought conditions.

Established trees and large shrubs generally have deeper, more extensive …

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Selection and Care of Dogwoods

…ul consideration is important for the survival of the tree.
Site Selection
The dogwood will grow in a wide variety of climates and soils. Make sure the chosen site is well drained but does not get extremely dry. Dogwoods also prefer soils…

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The Culture of Camellias: The State Flower of Alabama

…ht may cause the shoot to grow out through the lid area. 

Do not permit the young plant to wilt before it becomes acclimated to light and lowered humidity. When to remove the cover over the graft is a matter of experience. Protect the y…

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St. Augustinegrass Lawns

…of shade tolerance, leaf texture, and sensitivity to cold temperature exposure. ‘Floralawn’ should be grown in mild climates in moderate shade to full sun under low to medium fertility.
‘Jade’ is an improved semidwarf S…

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Growing Roses

…n abundance of flowers in June. Thousands of old-fashioned roses are available, but many are not suited for the Alabama climate. Teas, noisettes, Bengals, Chinas, and some species roses are extremely well adapted to our heat and humidity.

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Vermicomposting: Worms at Work

…material they were shipped with and a handful of garden soil. Cover them with a handful of fresh bedding to help them acclimate to their new home.

How Do I Feed Them?
Add more food when you notice most of the previously adde…

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Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation Water

…dicted that by 2025, eighteen countries will use more water than can be replenished (Credit Suisse, 2007; Clark, 2007). Climate changes occur annually, often, and in different regions of the world. Various regions will experience floods, dr…

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Growing Herbs Indoors

… bring rosemary inside, make sure to ease the plant into a more covered area outside. This allows the plant to become acclimated with the lack of sunlight. Remember to place rosemary in a sunny area of the house that will allow for six to e…

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden

…minate the need for pesticides and reduce maintenance costs. Because native plants have adapted to grow in our specific climate, they often require very little care once established and are generally more tolerant of drought. The diversity …

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