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Soil Sampling: Important Part of Spring

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Show off a green thumb and ensure growing conditions are right by collecting soil for soil samples prior to planting. The Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory offers this service to help growers make informe…

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Fruit Trees: A Sweet Backyard Treat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –  Whether is a juicy peach or a sweet apple, there are many fruit trees that make a perfect addition to the back yard. In order for them to grow and produce fruit, growers must properly plant and care for the tre…

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Pruning Roses Promotes Vigorous Growth

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Roses are red, violets are blue. Roses need pruning; ensure that you do.

Warm weather in January has gardeners itching to grab a pair of pruners and head to the flowerbeds. While pruning roses promotes growth i…

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Treating Lawn Burweed

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Imagine walking barefoot through a yard on a warm spring day then suddenly the nice afternoon is interrupted by a painful prick. Lawn burweed is often the culprit.
Lawn Burweed
The drought that plagued Alabama th…

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Bring Spring Inside During the Winter with Paperwhite Bulbs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—It’s evident that spring has arrived when the smell of flowering paperwhite narcissus is in the air. However, people can bring this smell in their home this winter. During the dreary winter months, people can for…

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Stop Committing Crape Murder

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – This time of year, too many crape myrtles are slaughtered. Homeowners go wild pruning these trees, possibly damaging and stunting their growth and beauty.

Crape myrtles are a popular choice because of the brig…

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Annual Bedding Plants

The term bedding plant is not a botanical classification, but a term that describes a method of commercial production and marketing. Bedding plants are produced in a greenhouse and marketed in garden centers and mass-market businesses as a …

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A Tree of Hope

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Hope. It takes all forms. When a monster storm destroys a community, hope can be as simple as a tree planted to show future generations the meaning of resilience.

The Hallmark Channel wanted to plant a tree of…

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Collecting Soil and Root Samples for Nematode Analysis

Learn how to properly collect soil and root samples to test for nematodes.

Why Sample for Nematodes?

Several kinds of plant parasitic nematodes attack Alabama’s field crops, gardens, and landscape plantin…

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Nematode Control in the Home Vegetable Garden

Most gardeners are familiar with problems caused by diseases and insects because such problems are easily recognized. Few gardeners, however, are aware of the damage nematodes can cause.

Nematodes are microscopic (less than…

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Grow a Backyard Wildflower Meadow

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – A wildflower meadow bursting with blooms may seem like a spring dream, but now is the time to plant if you want one as part of your garden.

Dani Carroll, an Alabama Extension home grounds agent, said these col…

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Rain Gardens

Rain gardens catch, filter, and hold stormwater. They are simple gardens designed in pocket-like depressions to capture rainwater from your rooftop, driveway, and upland areas. They allow the rainwater to then slowly soak into the g…

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The Factors of Fall Leaf Color

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many parts of Alabama are known for their wonderful fall leaf color. People drive from all around to see the bright red, burnt orange and vibrant yellow colors. Many factors determine how beautiful the show of le…

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Alabama Beekeepers Symposium

The Alabama Beekeepers Symposium is one of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s most widely anticipated programs.  Now in its 25th year, the Symposium provides comprehensive education to both beginning and veteran beekeepers alike.

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Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Rain barrels and cisterns are ancient technologies that are making a comeback as water shortages prompt homeowners to save and use rain that falls on their properties. Large, plastic rain barrels are now available at home and garden…

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