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Chainsaw Safety Critical Part of Storm Clean Up

AUBURN, Ala. – This week’s hurricane brought down many limbs and trees in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Cleaning up after the storm often brings out chainsaws from professionals, homeowners and landowners. Dr. Mathew Smidt, an Alabama Extension forestry specialist, encourages those who help with storm cleanup to stay safe. “Reread your chainsaw manual and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment,” ... Read More »

Food Safety Before and After the Storm

AUBURN, Alabama. – As Alabamians gear up for Hurricane Michael’s impact, they need to be savvy about food safety when the power goes out and if in-house flooding occurs. When you Lose Power More than likely, many people will lose power in their homes sometime during the storm. The power may be out for several hours or for days, depending ... Read More »

Prepare Technology Before Hurricane Michael Comes Knocking

Plugging a phone into a portable charger.

AUBURN, Ala. – Make sure your family, house and /or business are ready to weather Hurricane Michael when he comes ashore later this week. Before the Storm Take steps now to prepare for you and your loved ones to be safe in the hurricane or evacuation. Be ready to grab important items and head for a safer location. Checklists for ... Read More »

Alabama Get Ready Now for Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala. –By the middle of the week, Hurricane Michael is expected to threaten the northwestern Gulf Coast as a strong hurricane. The storm rapidly intensified from Sunday morning into Monday morning.  Storm surge, damaging winds and heavy rain are likely impacts along the northeastern Gulf Coast including Alabama. A hurricane watch is posted for the northeast Gulf Coast from ... Read More »

Planting Blueberries This Fall

AUBURN, Ala. – Blueberries are a healthy, delicious fruit. They can be baked into muffins and breads, added to cereal or eaten out of hand. They are one of the few plants that offer beauty and taste throughout most of the year. Rabbiteye blueberries are one of the easiest fruit for homeowners to grow. Planting Blueberries Being native to the ... Read More »

Mums: The Flowers of Fall

Mums and pumpkins on an old wagon.

AUBURN, Ala.- With every fall comes the beautiful displays of pumpkins, gourds, natural foliage and of course chrysanthemums. Better known as mums, these flowers have a variety of vibrant colors including golden yellow, burnt orange, deep purple, bold crimson and snowy white. If properly cared for, they can provide color all fall long. An Extension professional provides tips on purchasing and caring ... Read More »

Helpful Tips for Gathering and Storing Pecans

AUBURN, Ala. – Fall is the time when pecan crops are ready to be harvested. This comes at the perfect time to use pecans to create the Fall recipes that we love. But, before people can use them in recipes, they have to be gathered and stored. An Extension professional offer tips for gathering and storing pecans. Gathering “Harvest your ... Read More »

In Alabama, Fall Brings More Aggressive Wasps and Hornets

AUBURN, Ala. – Fall is the peak season for yellow jackets and hornets in Alabama. Many people encounter and experience painful stings from these wasps during outdoor activities. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said hornets and yellow jackets are the most common wasp groups. Safety With the exception of honeybees, all female and worker wasps and bees can ... Read More »

Pesticide Applicators University Set for Oct. 29 and 30

  Auburn, Alabama —The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, The Alabama Green Industry Training Center and the Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program will host the third Pesticide Applicators University Oct. 29 and 30 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National, in Opelika Alabama. Registration Registration is $125 through Sept. 28. After Sept. 28 registration cost is ... Read More »

Sunflowers Provide Color to Landscapes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Sunflowers are highly valued economically, but they seem to be overlooked when choosing plants for landscapes. Few plants can boast better color, yet they are not often seen in flowerbeds like many other plants. Sunflowers make excellent temporary hedges and screens and provide a showy backdrop for flowerbeds, while dwarf cultivars make excellent borders and color ... Read More »