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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Hale County

Homes are found throughout rural Hale County on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. South of Greensboro, the soils are mostly alkaline and acidic, clayey soils of the Alabama Black Belt prairie region (26%). North of …

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for the Montgomery/Prattville/Wetumpka Area

Urban development in parts of Montgomery, Autauga, and Elmore counties in Central Alabama has occurred on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in the Montgomery/Prattville/ Wetumpka metropolitan area include sand…

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Home *A* Syst

Alabama Urban Home *A* Syst: Learn to protect your home, health, and the environment
What is the Alabama Urban Home *A* Syst Program?
There are potential sources of pollution that can affect you, your family, your community, and the envir…

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Flooded Landscapes

Flood damage to your home or office may be extensive and overwhelming. What about your landscape and garden? Your first impulse may be to pull all the plants out and start over. But wait. Your landscape may at least partially recover.
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Flooding and Fire Ants

Tremendous amounts of rain can fall over a short period of time, resulting in flooding of low-lying areas. With this flooding comes the problem of various insects trying to find safe, dry ground. In areas of the South infested with red impo…

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Water Wheels

Water Wheels: Outdoor Water Conservation Laboratory
The Home Grounds Water Wheels: Outdoor Water Conservation Laboratory is a 36-foot mobile water conservation laboratory. This mobile lab is available to travel all over Alabama bringing c…

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Urban Green

Urban Green
The Home Grounds Urban Green component introduces sustainable landscaping management practices, including green space development, by revitalizing downtown areas and improving the utilization of urban spaces for community aest…

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Controlling Damage from Moles and Voles

Damage to your property may be caused by moles or voles. Knowing the difference between the two animals is essential to controlling the problem.

Moles and voles, while both tunnel makers, are distinct in behavior and in the…

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Food Facts

Food Facts
The Home Grounds Food Facts component provides researched-based information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), modern agricultural practices, food development, and testing to help communities make wise food choices based …

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Water Quality in the Landscape

Home and garden pesticides and fertilizers can pollute Alabama’s waterways. Problems occur when garden chemicals are dumped down street or household drains and when chemical residues wash from paved surfaces into streams after a r…

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Black Widow and Recluses

Figure 1. Female black widow spider showing hourglass pattern.

Avoiding Venomous Spiders of the Southeast 
Spiders are one of the most feared groups of animals on the planet. Even the word spider may bring to mind images of…

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Drought Preparation and Water Conservation

A drought is a period of abnormally dry weather that persists long enough to produce a serious hydrologic imbalance, causing, for example, crop damage and shortages in the water supply. The severity of a drought depends on the degree of moi…

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Backyard Composting

In Alabama, a family of four generates an average of 2.5 tons of garbage per year—nearly a half ton of which is yard refuse and kitchen waste that can be composted. According to the EPA, Americans recycle and compost about 33 perc…

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Bird Houses for Songbirds

Bluebirds, robins, chickadees, titmice, wrens, and purple martins adapt easily to using bird houses. They will choose rural or urban yards alike where there is a small patch of suitable habitat. This may consist of homemade bird hou…

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Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation Water

While worldwide water consumption is rising at double the rate of the population, the amount of freshwater remains at only 2.5 percent of the world’s water resources. Rainfall replenishes much of the water we use; however, it is predicted t…

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