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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 »

Controlling Blossom-End Rot in Tomatoes

AUBURN, Ala. – Tomato plants are some of the most popular things grown in gardens. There are many varieties on the market and each one offers something different. One problem that tomato growers face is blossom-end rot (BER). An Extension professional discusses the causes of BER and some control methods. Chris Becker, an Alabama Extension coordinator in Limestone County, said ... Read More »

Sweet and Hot Peppers Popular in Home Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – There are more than 20 species of peppers in the world and hundreds of varieties. North American growers, however, are most familiar with two kinds – sweet and hot. Sweet and Hot Pepper Varieties Sweet pepper varieties include bell pepper, paprika, pimento, banana and cherry pepper. Their name is a misnomer because not all sweet peppers are ... Read More »

Beneficial Insects In Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – Most people’s first reaction when they see an insect on their flowers or vegetables is to find a way to get rid of it. Sometimes this is the right thought process, but other times that insect could actually be helping the plant. There are several beneficial insects that help fight against harmful insects and provide other benefits. ... Read More »

Growing Angel’s Trumpet

AUBURN, Ala. – Named for its physical characteristics, Angel’s Trumpet is an attractive and easy to grow flowering plant. Angel’s Trumpet, scientifically known as Brugmansia, is a genus of seven different species of flowering plants in the Solanaceae family. Other members of the Solanaceae family include tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and tobacco. People commonly mistake them with the closely related genus, Datura, Brugmansia Brugmansia ... Read More »

Use High Quality Seed in Fall Vegetable Gardens

AUBURN, Ala. – If you missed the chance to plant a spring garden there is still hope to have fresh vegetables. Fall vegetable gardens are popular choices among gardeners. They not only provide nutritious food, they also act as a hobby for a lot of people. When planting a fall vegetable garden, choosing seeds of high quality is essential to ... Read More »

Ground Covers: Beneficial To Landscapes

AUBURN, Ala. – Ground covers are beneficial and visually pleasing elements to any garden or landscape. They also assist in improving imperfections or filling empty space. There are many kinds of annuals or perennials used in landscapes. An Alabama Extension professional provides information on choosing and utilizing these plants. Ground Covers David Koon, an Alabama Extension regional agent of home grounds, gardens ... Read More »

Dollarspot Common Disease on Alabama Lawns

photo of a home and yard

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 »