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Excessive Phosphorus in Garden Soils

Excessive Phosphorus in Garden Soils is part 4 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Soil-test records from Auburn University show that more than 40 percent of Alabama garden Soils have very high or excessive levels of phosphorus (P)…

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Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems

Acid Soils Create Gardening Problems is part 3 of The Alabama Vegetable Gardener series.

Acid Soils (low pH) cause more gardening problems in Alabama than any other soil factor.

Soils become acid naturally in humid climates. Rainfall,…

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Saturated Soils and Wind: A Recipe for Toppling Trees

…the canopy or mushrooms (the decay pathogen’s fruiting bodies) on the lower trunk or exposed roots.
Trees in Compacted Soils
Large trees growing on heavily compacted Soils are also good candidates for toppling in wet, windy weather. Tree …

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Soils of Alabama

Alabama has several major soil areas. Most of the soils within each area were formed from materials with similar characteristics. Detailed soil surveys, available for most counties, show that each area has several major soil series. A soil …

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Alabama Soils: Piedmont Plateau

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Limestone Valleys

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Flood Plains, Terraces, and Coastal Marshes

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Coastal Plain

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Blackland Prairie

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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Alabama Soils: Appalachian Plateau

Alabama is home to 6 different soil areas. The areas are divided based on soils with similar parent materials, or geological material. Although there are 6 major soil areas, each area includes hundreds of different soil series, or named soi…

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About Soils

Soils provide plants with mechanical support, water, and dissolved minerals and nutrients. Because most plant roots are found in the topsoil, or A horizon, this layer has the greatest effect on plant growth. A typical soil in good condition…

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Prescribed Fire: Weather

…bed fire and size of fuels also influence fire effects.

Rains that are heavy but short in duration will not saturate soils like a rain event that produces the same amount of rain but persists over several hours. Fuels are also affected b…

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Alabama Extension Focused on Quality and Value

…readiness significantly improved their interview, dress, and job search skills.
Iron chlorosis on high pH Black Belt soils reduces soybean yields. A variety trial evaluated varietal differences among common soybean varieties. Use of the …

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