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Lantana: Hard Working Shrub for Home Landscapes

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AUBURN, Ala.—If you’re looking for a blooming powerhouse, lantana is your answer. This perennial flowering woody deciduous plant, not only thrives with little moisture, but it does so with low effort. As summer settles in full force, lantana brightens yards and landscapes across the Southeast.  Neal Hargle,  an Alabama Extension home grounds says most people find it easy to grow lantana. Easy ... Read More »

How to Grow and Maintain Elephant Ears

AUBURN, Alabama—Elephant ears are indigenous to Southeast Asia and feature large, thick leaves reminiscent of their namesake. The plant is used in many home gardens as an eye-catching focal point or in contrast to smaller plants. Although elephant ears are typically green, there are varieties created by breeders that add pinks, blues, yellows and black to your garden. They do not ... Read More »

Fall-Blooming Flowers: Reblooming Azaleas

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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 »

Armyworms Causing Headaches for Homeowners

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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 »

Water Gardens Bring Interest to a Yard

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AUBURN, Ala.- So you have a space in your backyard that you don’t know what to do with? Why not consider a water garden, they are relaxing, add color and character to an otherwise empty space. From fountains to small ponds, waterfalls and streams, there are many different options to fit your space. In an article by Alabama Extension horticulturist, ... Read More »

Gladioli for garden borders

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Auburn, Ala.- This spring and summer while planning and planting your garden, consider adding Gladioli as a garden border. Gladioli, sometimes referred to as a “sword lily”, make a great addition to any garden because of their color and easy maintenance. “During the summer, mulch gladiolus with pine needles, straw or grass clippings to help with weed control, conserve moisture and ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Has New Gardening Tool

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AUBURN, Ala. – Warm weather lures gardeners and homeowners to garden centers and large home improvement retailers like moths to a flame. But adding new plants to the landscape without planning can cause problems. But the latest addition to Alabama Extension’s “Gardening in the South” iBook series can solve that problem for trees, shrubs and plants that are year-round elements in the ... Read More »

Selecting Peppers for Spring Gardens

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AUBURN, Ala. —It is time to start thinking about what peppers to grow in your spring garden since most gardeners start the seeding process indoors in late January and early February. Growing your own pepper transplants allows you to take full advantage of the possibilities. Transplanting is the technique of planting seeds in locations with optimal conditions, then moving the plants to ... Read More »

Smart Tips to Become a Successful Gardener

AUBURN, Ala.- Gardening can be a great way to brighten up your yard, spend time outside, eat healthier and even save money. Many people want to begin gardening, but feel there are too many elements and often become overwhelmed. It is important to realize that you cannot become an expert gardener overnight. It takes time to develop the skills and ... Read More »

Outdoor Classroom Workshops Available in October

AUBURN, Alabama— 4-H, alongside the Alabama Wildlife Federation, will host workshops on “How to Develop an Effective and Sustainable Outdoor Classroom.” Workshops, taught by April Waltz, conservation education specialist and outdoor classroom coordinator for AWF, are set for Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Florence, Thursday, Oct. 22 in Huntsville and Wednesday Oct. 28 in South Birmingham. Doyle Keasal, an environmental educator ... Read More »