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Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University maintains a unique approach to Extension outreach. Our Urban Specialists develop programs that can be delivered where they are needed most, directly to our audiences in local schools, communit…

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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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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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Nutrient Recommendations for Alabama Crops

Scientists with the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) have developed nutrient recommendations for crops grown in the state. These recommendations are in table form and contain recommendations by crop based on soil test rating …

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Selection and Care of Dogwoods

The most popular spring flowering tree in Alabama is the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). The flowering dogwood is native to the eastern half of the United States. It is a deciduous tree that can grow 15 to 30 feet in height and is gener…

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Backyard Composting Tips

The word compost is derived from two Latin words meaning “together” and “to bring.” In one sense, it involves bringing together waste materials to ultimately form a single uniform humus. In the technical sense, composting results in…

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Kudzu Control in Residential Areas

Kudzu control is often a frustrating problem in residential settings. It frequently grows unchecked along woodland edges near homes, in vacant lots, and along property lines. Its aggressive nature makes it seem literally uncontrollable in t…

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System creates integrated pest management guides for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. These guides are compiled by both current an…

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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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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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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Dallas County

Homes are found throughout rural Dallas County and urban development in the Selma area occurs on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in Dallas County include sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (52…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Wilcox County

Homes are found throughout rural Wilcox County and urban development around Camden on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in Wilcox County include sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (47%), alluvia…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Pickens County

Homes are found throughout rural Pickens County on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Most of the county could be grouped into sandy and loamy upland soils of the Upper Coastal Plain (69.3%). Soils in southern Picken…

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