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Dogwoods Bloom, Signal Spring

AUBURN, Alabama— The dogwood tree’s pink and white blooms signal the arrival of spring in the South. Dogwoods trees are features in many Alabama landscapes and celebrated in festivals throughout the region. The white flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), plentiful across Alabama, is an ornamental deciduous tree native to the eastern half of the United States. 10 Things to Know about Dogwoods 1. ... Read More »

Selecting Peppers for Spring Gardens


AUBURN, Alabama—Though frigid temperatures may have homeowners stuck inside, late January and early February are prime time to begin researching types of peppers to grow in spring gardens. By growing your own pepper plants, you can enjoy a wide variety of peppers during the summer months. Many gardeners use transplants instead of buying plants at the local home and garden ... Read More »

Adding Houseplants to Your Spaces Successfully


AUBURN, Alabama — Made popular in the 19th century, houseplants come in many shapes and sizes and usually do not take up too much space in your home.  Most people use them  to lighten up a space or give a cozy appearance to a room. What are houseplants? First, let’s distinguish between houseplants and outdoor plants. Rhonda Britton, a regional Alabama Extension agent ... 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 »

Planting Indian Hawthorn

indian hawthorn

AUBURN, Alabama — Spring is here and many people across the state are working in their gardens and yards. One plant that seems to be particularly popular this time of year is Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis species). Indian hawthorn is a small  shrub or ground cover native to southern China and Japan and cultivated across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones ... Read More »

Gladioli for garden borders


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 »

Community gardens offer a sense camaraderie

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AUBURN, Ala.— There are immeasurable benefits to having community gardens. Fresh and locally grown produce becomes available to those in the local area. Regional Extension Agent Bethany O’Rear, said there is also a sense of camaraderie that is established among the volunteers in the community. The garden can be used as a learning tool for adults and children to gain hands-on ... Read More »

How to control June beetles

june beetle

AUBURN, Alabama—During spring, June beetles will be making an appearance in Alabama’s grassy areas, such as home lawns, pastures and hay fields. June beetle grubs pupate in cells in the soil during late April and May and remain in the pupal stage for 2 or 3 weeks. Newly emerged adults remain in the soil for an additional week or two. In most ... Read More »

Carpenter Bees Buzzing and Bothering

Carpenter bee by Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

AUBURN, Ala.–Warmer weather means carpenter bees are out and about. An Alabama Extension entomologist says these bees generally will not sting you, but they can be intimidating.  Dr. Xing Ping Hu says that carpenter bees are rather loud and large.  She says the only threat they pose is to the wood in buildings and homes. Carpenter bees are important to ... Read More »

Spring Pruning For Dummies

spring pruning

Auburn, Alabama—The start of spring brings a lot of things to mind: chirping birds, April showers and blooming flowers. For gardeners, spring is associated with one thing, pruning. We have all heard of it, but what exactly is pruning and why do we do it? Hunter McBrayer, an an urban regional agent with Alabama Extension, explained, “Spring pruning can mean a number of ... Read More »