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Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes: Causes and Prevention

Tomato growers must take care to avoid blossom-end rot (BER), a disorder that can dramatically reduce fruit quality and quantity. By using a few simple irrigation and fertilization practices, damage from BER can be prevented or redu…

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Integrated Pest Management Guides

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System creates integrated pest management guides for major row crops; small and stored grains; pastures and forage crops; commercial turfgrass; and noncropland. These guides are compiled by both current an…

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Thrips: Pests of Ornamental Plants

What Are Thrips?

Thrips are unique insects assigned their own order (Thysanoptera). This order is named for the fringed wings found on adult stages. Figure 1 shows these wings as small, narrow, and surrounded by tiny hairs. Thrips are …

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Cold Injury to Ornamental and Fruit Trees

Ornamental and fruit trees in Alabama can take a blow from extreme weather: severe droughts, insufficient chilling periods for fruit trees in winter months, and late-spring freezes that can cause significant cold injury. By recogniz…

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Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas: Pollinator Ecology

Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas is a four-part series providing information and recommendations for the protection of pollinating insects in urban landscapes throughout the Southeast. Animal pollinators can be birds or even ba…

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Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas: Safe Use of Integrated Pest Management

The fourth in the Protecting Pollinators in Urban Areas series focuses on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to landscaping and pest management from a conservation perspective. The emphasis is on methods that can eliminate…

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Problems in Ornamental Garden Pools

Problems is part six of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.
Water Quality Problems
The two most common water quality problems are oxygen depletions and the build-up of toxic nitrogenous wastes.

Oxygen depletions occur because th…

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Aquatic Plants for Ornamental Garden Pools

Aquatic Plants is part five of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

Aquatic plants not only add beauty to an ornamental pool but are also effective filters and nutrient absorbers. Plants, like sagittaria or anacharas (elodea), come…

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Fish for Ornamental Garden Pools

Fish is part four of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

One common mistake made by novice ornamental pool owners is to stock too many fish. Many people do not consider the number of fish the pool can safely support and that fish …

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Water for Ornamental Garden Pools

Water is part three of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.
Water Source
Whether your ornamental pool is a plastic tub or a backyard wonder with waterfalls and hidden lights, good water quality must be maintained. If not, the pool d…

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Equipment and Costs of Ornamental Garden Pools

Equipment and Costs is part two of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

Ornamental garden pools can be relatively expensive to build and maintain, although many beginners start with little expense by using an old wash tub or a chil…

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Location, Size, and Type of Ornamental Garden Pools

Location, Size, and Type is part one of six in the Ornamental Garden Pools series.

Ornamental pools, long common in the Orient, are becoming very popular in the United States. The soothing, visual beauty of pools is enhanced by aquatic p…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Greene County

Homes are found throughout rural Greene County on  a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Major soil groups include alkaline and acidic, clayey soils of the Alabama Black Belt prairie region (34% of land), sandy and loa…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Dallas County

Homes are found throughout rural Dallas County and urban development in the Selma area occurs on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in Dallas County include sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (52…

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for Wilcox County

Homes are found throughout rural Wilcox County and urban development around Camden on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in Wilcox County include sandy and loamy upland soils of the Coastal Plain (47%), alluvia…

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