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Be a Proactive Planter: Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

October Glory Red Maple

Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday commercials are around the corner. You should be more concerned about finding a Christmas tree than planting a tree in your yard, right? Wrong! Fall is actually the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Although most people wait to plant until spring, fall is the optimum time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials that will ... Read More »

The Story Behind Fall Leaf Color

Fall leaves

 Leaves are beginning to change color in some sections of the South.  The color should peak around the last of October or early November, depending on how much cool weather we get between now and then. Have you ever wondered why leaves change their color in the fall? “The green color of leaves is caused by a pigment called chlorophyll, ... Read More »

Insect Invasion: Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles

Asian lady beetle adults

When temperatures begin to drop, the multicolored Asian lady beetle makes a move. Believe it or not, it wants to come inside your home. These orange and black ladybugs are notorious for congregating on the sides of buildings during fall months and moving indoors when given the opportunity. Awareness of the multicolored Asian lady beetle and understanding why it invades ... Read More »

The Homeowner’s Guide to Bringing Houseplants Inside for Winter

Woman Looking After Houseplant

Summer is officially over and cool fall nights are setting in. Just as summer ended for us, vacation time is also over for houseplants. For most plants, the transition is not as simple as moving a pot off the porch and into the kitchen. Taking a few basic steps will help ensure that your plants will survive the move indoors. Below ... Read More »

Waste Not What You Want Not–Recycling and Composting

Fall means it is time for football season, school starting, leaves changing and recycling. Recycling and composting your yard’s fallen leaves into organic material can increase the life of a landfill. “The incentive for people to compost is that it benefits both the community and the land,” Tony Glover said. “It’s one of the easier methods of recycling and makes ... Read More »

CONTAINER GARDENING IS VERSATILE GARDENING

If you enjoy the pleasures of gardening but don’t think you have the necessary space, think again. One of the most popular trends in gardening is container gardening. With container gardening, people with limited space can enjoy planting and landscaping normally associated with big outdoor gardens. “One of the most attractive features of container gardening is the versatility,” said Hayes ... Read More »

Annuals Add Color, Fragrance to Fall Landscapes

colorful annuals for fall

Fall is a great time to plant flowers, and there are plenty of colorful annuals to choose from, says Sallie Lee, a regional agent in Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. “There are a variety of annuals that flower from fall through winter,” she says.  As gardeners become aware of flowering plants for cool season ... Read More »

Use Fertilizers Low in Phosphorous for Fall-Planted Bulbs

Somehow, years ago, gardeners became convinced fertilizers high in phosphorus, especially bone meal and superphosphate, must be used on fall-planted bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and lilies. “Perhaps this idea arose because phosphorous is essential in the transfer of energy from the leaves to the bulb where it is stored,” said Dr. Charles Mitchell, an agronomist with the Alabama ... Read More »

Armored Armadillos: How to Fight Back

They crawl through lawns and gardens, digging holes and uprooting plants. Wearing a shield of armor and with their nose to the ground, they hunt for what lies beneath not caring what they destroy in the process. With tiny eyes and sharp claws, they are a nuisance for many homeowners and gardeners. Armadillos are a common nuisance for homeowners across ... Read More »

Disappearing Bees

Apocalypse is a word that humans throw around with theories and ideas of end times based in the future, but for bees, the apocalypse is now. The total bee population in the world has diminished by almost half in the past 50 years and the numbers are still diminishing. Sallie Lee, an Urban Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »