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Dollarspot Common Disease on Alabama Lawns

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AUBURN, Ala. – Dollarspot is the most common disease people find in home lawns in Alabama. This fungal disease causes deep scars in a lawn. This damage can be serious and affects the look on well-maintained lawns. An Alabama Extension professional offers information and control options for this disease. The Disease Dr. Austin Hagan, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist, said ... Read More »

Heavy Rains May Bring Flash Floods and Flooding to Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.—The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued warnings for “extreme”, “elevated” and “significant” threats of flooding in parts of southern Alabama. Significant rainfall is expected, with 6 to 12 inches expected in the “extreme” threat areas. Other areas may experience 5 to 8 inches of rainfall. Minor to moderate flooding along rivers and creeks may occur as well ... Read More »

Identity Theft: Be Safe Not Sorry

AUBURN, Alabama — Identity theft was among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. In today’s society, many purchases begin with one of the following statements. Swipe your credit card here. Insert your credit card into the chip reader below. Be Careful When Making Transactions “The Department of Justice reports the most ... Read More »

Fourteenth Annual Alabama 4-H Golf Classic is June 14 at FarmLinks Golf Course in Sylacauga

Auburn, Alabama –The 14th annual Alabama 4-H Golf Classic is set for Thursday, June 14, at FarmLinks Golf Course in Sylacauga. Golfers will interact with Alabama youth and reconnect with one of the largest youth development organizations in the state. Shotgun Start at 10 a.m. The Classic will feature a shotgun start, four-person team scramble and will begin at 10 ... Read More »

Horseradish: A Hardy and Zesty Perennial

AUBURN, Ala. – Horseradish is a popular food choice that provides a spicy flavor to meals. People grow it for the hot taste that the taproot of the plant has. An oil you find in the root cells creates the hot smell and flavor. Unknown to most, people can grow horseradish in a garden, much like other garden plants. Extension ... Read More »

Beware of Ticks When Outdoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Spending time outdoors during the warmer days of the year can be fun for all ages. However, outdoors pests, such as ticks, can put a damper on these outdoors activities. Ticks are abundant and aggressive in many places across the county. They can transmit diseases such as lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and alpha-gal (red meat) allergy. ... Read More »

Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring time brings warmer weather and blooming plants, but it also bring spring pests. Whether it is in the garden or at home, people needs to know how to deal with these pests. “Just as spring weather conditions change considerably from year to year, so can the time to take action against certain insects,” said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, ... Read More »

Annual Flower Beds Add Excitement to Home Landscape

AUBURN, Ala. -Planting annual flower beds can bring bright color and sweet fragrances to your yard. Homeowners looking to enhance their landscape have several choices of annual flowers to do the job. Since annuals last only one season, you can redesign the color and arrangement of your flower beds each year. This constantly gives homeowners new and bold colors in ... Read More »

What to Do When Your Plant Doesn’t Bloom

AUBURN, Ala. — For gardeners, plants and shrubs that don’t bloom are one of the most common frustrations in gardening. What’s Wrong “Some of the most frequent questions are, Where are my flowers? or Why didn’t my plant or shrub bloom?,” said Nelson Wynn, an Alabama Extension regional home grounds, gardens and home pest agent. There are a number of reasons ... Read More »

Buying and Planting Azaleas in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — In Alabama, azaleas and dogwoods are the stars of spring flowers. The two plants look good together, but it is the azalea that brings the most variety and color in its beautiful flowers. Azaleas may be the most popular flowering shrubs in Alabama, said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds, gardens and home pests agent. Buy Plants with ... Read More »