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Grow a Wildflower Meadow in Your Backyard

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AUBURN, Ala. – Wildflower meadows are a rich and colorful habitat full of beautiful flowers and various grasses. They also create a home for biodiversity. “Large or small, the benefits of a wildflower ‘patch’ are numerous. Environmentally, the pollinators will love you. Honey bees and native bees, along with butterflies, and other pollinators will enjoy the continuous food source- nectar,” said ... Read More »

Selecting, Planting and Caring For Shrubs

AUBURN, Ala. – Shrubs are great additions to any landscape. There are a variety of colors, shapes, textures and mature heights to accommodate any design need. Planting a variety of shrubs that bloom at different times of the year add year-round color to a landscape. Extension professionals provide information on selecting, planting and caring for shrubs. Choosing a Shrub Hayes ... 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 »

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 »

Roses Come Back to Life in the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall is a good season in Alabama for rose plant growth and flowering. It is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. With adequate watering, some fertilization and clean up, gardeners will enjoy many weeks of colorful blooms in the fall. Pruning Roses To rejuvenate ... Read More »

Ornamental Grasses Can Add Beauty to Your Landscape

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are planning landscape renovation, consider adding ornamental grasses. The term ornamental grasses is used to describe all grasslike plants including sedges, reeds, rushes and many others. All of the varieties and species have become popular in recent years. “Ornamental grasses are highly resistant to problems caused by diseases and insects and require little to no pruning,” ... Read More »

Dwarf Shrubs in Landscapes

AUBURN, Ala. – Developing a functional and beautiful landscape can be difficult. When deciding how to build your landscape, there are two factors that come into play: space and expense. Mike McQueen, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, garden and home pest, said that when choosing plants for a space, remember that the plant should have a purpose for being in ... Read More »

Common Digging Pests In Yards

AUBURN, Ala. – Homeowners often find evidence of animals digging in their yards. Squirrels, chipmunks, armadillos and moles are often the culprits. An Extension specialist offers tips on controlling these animals from destroying yards. Identifying Pests Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, said the first rule of protecting a yard is identifying the animal. “Once you know which animal is causing ... Read More »

Freezing Vegetables Provide Fresh Garden Taste Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – One of the best things about summer is eating fresh vegetables. However, summer is not the only time people can enjoy fresh vegetables. You can have fresh vegetables year round by simply freezing them. Janice Hall, an Alabama Extension regional agent in food safety and quality, said freezing vegetables is easy, “When properly selected, prepared and stored, ... Read More »