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Home Soil Testing: Taking a Sample

Every square foot of soil can be different. Soil acidity and nutrients vary across the surface of the soil and with the depth of the soil.

Collecting Soil Samples

It is important that you take a composite sample …

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Home Soil Testing: Using The Soil Test Report

The Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory report includes: your intended crop(s), the soil group your sample belongs to, soil pH, results/extractable nutrients, nutrient rating, lime and fertilizer recommendations, as well as c…

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Early Developing Peach Varieties Take A Hit

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Early-developing varieties of peaches took a hit from recent freezing temperatures. Some parts of Alabama reached temperatures as low as 21 degrees F between March 4 – 7. Depending on the area and conditions, e…

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Early Season Thoughts on Disease Management in the Home Vegetable Garden

The following article contains information on early season disease management for home vegetable gardens.
Seeds
There are some plant diseases caused by fungal, bacterial and viral pathogens that can be seed-borne. Growers should consult s…

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Street Trees 4: Proper Pruning

Proper Pruning is part four of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

Proper pruning will be an integral part of any successful urban forestry program. Without some form of help…

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Street Trees 2: The Design

The Design is part two of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.
Roots! Roots! Roots!
One of the biggest concerns for the design process is the provision of enough space for the …

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Street Trees 3: Planting the Trees

Planting the Trees is part three of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

After the tree species and size have been selected, the site properly prepared, and the planting hole …

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Street Trees 1: The Problem and the Solution

The Problem and the Solution is part one of four in the Street Trees: Site Selection, Planting, and Maintenance in the Urban Landscape series.

This series addresses the planting and establishment of urban trees. It is designed to help th…

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Container Gardening

Gardening in containers is one of the most versatile and creative forms of garden design. Planting a container garden is much like creating a floral arrangement. However, live plants are enjoyed for a whole season. Almost any plant grows in…

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Keys to Producing and Selecting Quality Vegetable Transplants

There are a number of considerations to be made when preparing to grow vegetable transplants for your home garden, including sowing the seeds or selecting the plants, preparing the growing media, and selecting the type of container to start…

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Basics of Fall Vegetable Gardening

Follow this planting guide for growing cooler-weather produce that thrives.

Many vegetables are well adapted to planting in the summer for fall harvest, which will extend the gardening season so you can continue to harvest …

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Drought-Tolerant Landscapes for Alabama

A well-designed and managed landscape can reduce the amount of water needed for home landscape irrigation. This conservation of water becomes increasingly important as municipal governments impose broad watering bans in response to …

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Canker and Dieback Diseases of Leyland Cypress

Within the last decade, Leyland cypress has been widely used in residential and commercial landscapes across Alabama not only as a specimen tree, screen, or hedge, but also as a Christmas tree. Popularity of this tree, which is a hybrid of …

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