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Try a transplant

AUBURN, Ala.- If you find yourself impatiently waiting for your garden seeds to sprout, try out transplants. “The reason we like to use transplants is earliness,” Dr. Joe Kemble, a vegetable specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said. “You don’t have to sit there and wait for the seed to come up.” For example, planting a four to five week old ... Read More »

The Key to Healthy Pansies This Fall

Auburn, Ala.-Pansies are exactly what you need this fall to brighten up your garden. Available in every color imaginable, pansies can withstand temperatures below freezing and will continue to bloom through winter and spring. Some gardeners assume that if they plant flowers before winter strikes that their flowers will suffer. But that is not the case. Pansies planted in the ... Read More »

How to grow Persimmons in your backyard

Auburn, Ala.—Persimmons are a unique kind of fruit. They look like orange tomatoes on the outside, but the inside is full of sweet fruit. They are not your typical and average fruit, but growing a persimmon tree is not as difficult as one might think. A little known fact about persimmon trees are that they easily adapt to a variety ... Read More »

Moss in My Yard

AUBURN, ALA.—Help! Moss is taking over my yard and killing the grass. Actually, ground moss is not killing the grass, but it is a strong indication that you have some landscape problems. Moss consists of tiny plants that form a habitat for small invertebrates. Most mosses are native and benign, part of a natural succession of vegetation. They cover bare ground ... Read More »

Fall Lawn Care: What you should know.

Auburn, Alabama — As the cool breeze swoops in and the leaves gradually change to sunset shades, fall begins. It seems like summer has come and gone, taking our lush, green, grass with it. However there is no need to worry, your hard work this past spring and summer absolutely pays off, seeing that there is nothing you need to ... Read More »

Growing apples in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama — An apple a day, keeps the doctors away. Whether this myth has proven true or not, October is the national month for apples.  It is also the peak time of year for harvesting them. According to Lloyd Chapman, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture regional agent, there are more than 20,000 different types of apples worldwide. Only 5,000 apple varieties ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »