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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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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Perry County

Homes are found throughout rural Perry County  on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in southern Perry County include alkaline and acidic, clayey soils of the Alabama Black Belt prairie region (27%). Most of t…

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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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Urban Green Tips: 10 Ways to Conserve Energy with Plants

1. Plant large deciduous shade trees on the southern, southwestern, and western sides of your house. Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in winter, block the summer sun but allow full penetration of the winter’s warm sun. Plant …

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EMEP: E-waste Management Education Program

Education for all. Learn how to safely dispose of electronic waste (e-waste) to keep our planet healthy. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Let’s Erase Electronic Waste

What is EMEP?

EMEP is the acronym for E-waste Management Education Progr…

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Scorpion Management in Residential Homes

Scorpions are arachnids, meaning they have eight legs. They also have a set of front pinchers. The scorpion species native to Alabama are typically 2 inches (5 cm) or less in length. They naturally find their way into homes; therefo…

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Soil Solarization for Control of Nematodes & Soilborne Diseases

Effective control of plant parasitic nematodes, soilborne plant pathogens, and some weed pests is a serious challenge for farmers and home gardeners.

Resistant varieties, crop rotation, and pesticides are not always via…

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Alabama Master Gardeners Volunteer Program

What is Master Gardener?
The Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational volunteer-recruitment program offered through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Volunteers work with Extension to bring the latest h…

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Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas, with their pink or blue cloud-shaped flowers and large, soft-green leaves, compose images of lazy summers in the shade. However, this describes only one plant, the bigleaf hydrangea, in a large and varied group. All hydr…

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Controlling Fall Armyworms on Lawns and Turf

Armyworms are most notably seen “marching” in large numbers across lawns. They often feed openly and conspicuously, sometimes during the day, making themselves relatively easy to spot. Most armyworms are large caterpillars with long str…

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Edamame in the Home Garden

Edamames, Glycine max (L.), are vegetable soybeans consumed at the green stage. In 2013, it was estimated that the United States consumed between 25,000 and 30,000 tons of edamame. Demand is expected to increase as consumers look …

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Planting and Establishing Woody Landscape Plants

 Successful establishment of woody landscape plants involves a balance of soil, air, and soil moisture.

Take advantage of dormancy and the rainy season. Plant in fall or winter.
Analyze the site. Place plants ba…

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St. Augustinegrass Lawns

St. Augustinegrass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), which is sometimes referred to as Charlestongrass, is a coarse-textured, warm-season turfgrass that is adapted to warm, humid regions (subtropical). This turfgrass is believed to be nat…

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Growing Roses

America’s national flower and the most popular garden flower is the rose. More than 6,000 varieties of roses offer a wide range of flower forms, colors, and fragrances from spring until late fall. Roses can be used in the landscape as…

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