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Managing Tawny Crazy Ants Around Homes

Tawny crazy ants are considered by many to be one of the worst nuisance ants. Learn how to identify and keep these pests from invading your home.

Tawny crazy ants (Nylanderia fulva), previously known as the Caribbean or…

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Controlling Scale Insects and Mealybugs

Scale insects and mealybugs can be difficult to detect. Learn how to identify and control these pests hiding on your plants and turfgrass.

Scale insects and mealybugs are plant-feeding pests considered by landscapers an…

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Common Insects and Disease Pests of Turfgrasses & Ornamentals

Five pest groups, insects, and related arthropods, snails and slugs, vertebrates, plant disease agents, and weeds can cause problems in urban landscapes and nursery production. Of these, insects and related arthropods and plant disease agen…

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Deciding Which Blueberry Cultivars to Plant

If you have decided to grow blueberry plants and do not know which cultivars to plant, ask yourself this question. How will the planting be used? Some growers want all of the berries to ripen at the same time so they can be harvested at the…

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Beneficial Insects: Welcomed Visitors to Home Gardens

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Soon, gardeners everywhere will be spending a lot of time in their gardens. However, they will not be the only ones spending time there. There will be many insects looking to enjoy the developing plants as well. …

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Biology and Control of Mole Crickets

Mole crickets have become the most destructive insect pest on turf and lawns in Gulf Coast states. Damage and replacement costs for turf and pastures are annually in the millions of dollars. Learn about the biology, ecology, and man…

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Controlling Fire Ants in Vegetable Gardens

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.— Gardeners preparing summer vegetable gardens may find their plots already teeming with life, but not the kind they would like to see. Fire ants are common in yards, flowerbeds, playgrounds and gardens throughout A…

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Avoiding Poisonous Plants

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Warmer weather is sending people in droves to participate in many outdoors activities. In many of these instances, people are in close contact with plants. When camping, hiking, playing in the yard and even worki…

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Seedless Watermelons: A Sweet Summer Treat

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For many, watermelons are an all-time favorite summer treat. More recently, consumers are seeing more availability of seedless varieties of watermelons. The genetics of these varieties are quite complex. This compl…

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Winter Maintenance for Lawns and Landscapes

Eight tasks for the winter season to ensure your landscape is ready for spring growth.

Cut the grass
Cut warm season lawns to a height of 1-2 inches. Cut cool season lawns to a height of 3-4 inches. Winter snow and cold may damage roots…

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Harvest for Health: Making an Impact on Cancer Survivors

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States today. Through the Master Gardener program, Alabama Extension’s home grounds team is working to make an impact on the lives of…

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Winter Maintenance for Gardens and Flower Beds

Eight tasks for the winter season to ensure your landscape is ready for spring growth.
Remove finished and dead plants
Overwintering plant litter can harbor pests and diseases. Tilling under pest and disease free litter is another option….

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Mulches for the Home Landscape

Nature mulches plants with fallen leaves and other organic materials. Mulching, as practiced by gardeners, is merely an adaptation of this natural process.

Advantages of Mulching
Adding a layer of mulch around trees, shrubs, and pla…

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Attracting Garden Pollinators

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Pollination is one of the most common concerns when planting spring and early summer gardens. How do gardeners know if their cucumbers and squash are really getting pollinated?

Dani Carroll, an Alabama Extension…

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Guide to Picking a Good Tree

The #1 problem in tree selection is root defects in container grown trees.

To Picking a Good Tree
Buying a tree is a livestock purchase. Think about it. You are buying a living organism. Your money well spent depends on the tree bei…

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