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Getting rid of fruit flies in your home takes patience

AUBURN, ALABAMA —Have you ever battled a fruit fly infestation in your home? If so, you know how hard it is to get rid of fruit flies. Roosevelt Robinson, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says the tiny pests breed quickly, and can survive long after you’ve disposed of the ... Read More »

Mums: The Flowers of Fall

fall chrysanthemum

AUBURN, Ala.- People love to decorate their front porches during fall with pumpkins, gourds, natural foliage and Chrysanthemums, better known as mums. These flowers range in vibrant hues of golden yellow, burnt orange, deep purple, bold crimson or snowy white. But many people complain that their mums will not last and die too soon. To maximize the most of mums, Sallie Lee, an urban regional agent ... Read More »

Fall-Blooming Flowers: Reblooming Azaleas

reblooming azaelas

AUBURN, Ala. – When thinking of flowers blooming, many think of them blooming in the spring. An exception? Reblooming azaleas. What makes reblooming azaleas different from regular azaleas? It’s in the name. This type of shrub blooms in the spring and again in the fall. “Reblooming azaleas reliably bloom in the spring and fall, but they are never covered with a complete carpet of flowers ... Read More »

Planting vegetables for the fall

Lettuce

AUBURN, Ala.- Fall officially begins September 22, but now is the time to begin changing your garden to prepare for fall vegetables. “The best thing about the fall season is that it lasts a lot longer than our northern neighbors,” said Ellen Huckabay, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. For ... Read More »

Turf Manager Strategies to Beat Armyworms

Auburn, Alabama —The turf at both Jordan-Hare and Bryant-Denny looks immaculate as fall approaches. The end zones at each field are painted and yard lines are numbered. Most importantly, the bermudagrass turf is trimmed and green. Meanwhile, homeowners have battled one of the worst infestations of fall armyworms in the past decade. Armyworms are destroying manicured lawns everywhere. It would ... Read More »

Houseplants That Do Double Duty Clearing Out Pollutants In Indoor Air

AUBURN, Ala.- Indoor houseplants fill spaces in your home or office just as much as they fill a person’s need to be surrounded by foliage.   Humans have a psychological need to be surrounded by greenery as well as items representing nature.  According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System article “Home Selection and Care of Indoor Foliage Plants,” studies show that ... Read More »

Armyworms Causing Headaches for Homeowners

fall armyworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama farmers have been battling fall armyworms in their pastures since July, and now the pest is giving homeowners headaches. Dr. Dave Han, a turf specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says 2016 is an above average year for fall armyworms in lawns and turfgrasses. “They attack a wide variety of plants, including home turf,” said Han. “Bermudagrass ... Read More »

Health Benefits of Eating Organic Produce: The Facts

  Auburn, Ala.– Organic food has become a phenomena in the past decade with images of clean and friendly farmers on our televisions. Slogans such as  “Buy local,” “Don’t panic, it’s organic,” are on the walls of  local grocery stores across America.  Research, the most important aspect of organic food,  isn’t talked about. Research shows that there are no significant health ... Read More »

Drying Herbs at Home

herbs

AUBURN, Ala. –Dried herbs are a great addition to any meal but buying your favorites from the store can add up and be pretty pricey. If you  love to do things at home and already have fresh herbs growing in your garden, it is inexpensive and easy to dry them at home. All you need to get started is twine, scissors, ... Read More »

The Benefits of Composting

Auburn, Alabama—There are innumerable ways to be environmentally friendly, and a current hot topic is composting. It is a great time to get started on a compost pile or simply add compostable materials to your lawn or garden. Regional Extension Agent Taylor Vandiver has been researching horticulture since 2007 and is a strong proponent for composting and educating the public on ... Read More »