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Watering Tips

 As with any system it is important to avoid runoff when irrigating or watering. Proper irrigation installation and design will ensure that each plant receives sufficient water.

Reduce the need for watering. Choose water-effic…

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Manage Pests in Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Gardens

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Now that fall is upon us, gardeners should take the needed steps to manage pests in their fall and winter vegetable gardens. People often forget that this time of year is when some pest populations are extremely …

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Drought and Landscape Trees: Effects, Signs, and Watering Guidelines

Alabama is in the midst of a drought with unusually warm fall weather and trees are beginning to exhibit signs of stress. Droughts, especially prolonged droughts, affect trees and other woody plants in serious ways. The effects are not alwa…

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Mums: The Southern Star of Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall in Alabama is often characterized by beautiful displays of orange leaves, gourds and pumpkins. The star of fall in the South, however, is chrysanthemums, more commonly known as mums. The bold crimson, burnt …

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Buying and Planting Azaleas This Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The bursting blooms and colors of azaleas guarantee them to be the star of any landscape. With fall just beginning, now is the best time for gardeners to purchase and plant their azaleas. Planting them now will a…

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Residential Landscape Design

Landscape design is the art of developing a property for its greatest use and enjoyment. Effective landscape design is also a science because it involves understanding the environment around your home and selecting plants that perfo…

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Everyday Water Conservation

While Alabama averages 55 inches of rain per year, the state also experiences drought. These may be flash droughts that last a few months or long term droughts that continue for a year or more. Since drought is a gradual onset of conditions…

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Grow Your Own Salad this Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Buying all the ingredients and preparing salads at home can become on expensive venture. Gardeners can easily grow a lot of the vegetables that they put in their salads, in their backyard. An Extension professional…

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Alabama Master Gardeners Brand & Logo Guidelines

A New Set of Garden Tools
These guidelines help give uniformity, consistency, and integrity to the identity and image of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama Master Gardeners. These guidelines should be adhered to f…

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Fall is a Great Time to Make Adjustments to Gardens

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Late in the growing season, crop and garden problems, such as disease and insects, can thrive on unattended fields and gardens. After plants have played out, there are a few simple steps growers can take to help pr…

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Saving Seeds: This Year’s Seeds, Next Year’s Plants

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With summer gardens starting to dwindle, growers can take this opportunity to get started on next year’s vegetable and flower gardens. Saving seeds from this year’s plants can help growers get a head start for next…

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Yellow Jackets Most Aggressive in Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With fall just around the corner, the time when yellow jackets are at their most aggressive is fast approaching. To make matters worse, Alabama is experiencing unusually high yellow jacket populations this year. …

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Freeze Vegetables This Summer

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – From tomatoes to squash, summer is filled with a wonderful bounty of garden vegetables. Wouldn’t it be great to have these fresh vegetables all year long? Luckily, people can freeze fresh produce from the local…

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Lightning Bugs: Summer’s Night Light

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Many southerners have fond memories of catching lightning bugs on a summer’s night. The fascination surrounding these insects always invoke curious questions. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System professional prov…

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SOW–A Planting Companion

The “SOW – A Planting Companion” app is designed to tell you the optimum time to plant each crop in your home garden. Simply choose your location and start planting. Click on the photo of a crop to see more information including…

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