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How to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighborhood

Auburn, Alabama – With temperatures continuing to rise and summer only a few weeks away, people are beginning to break out the work gloves to start the process of lawn management. As nice as it is to have a lawn with beautiful green grass, the job of maintaining such a landscape can be difficult and require a considerable amount of ... Read More »

4-H’ers Raise Money for 15,000 Days of Clean Drinking Water

GADSDEN, Ala.—Clean drinking water is something many Americans take for granted. While we drink, wash dishes and bathe in clean water on a daily basis, many people around the world are searching for clean water to drink. Bea Jai Merriman, a 4-H Agent Assistant in Etowah County, brings 4-H to Hokes Bluff students in grades four through 12. Merriman works closely ... Read More »

How mulch helps save water

Auburn, Alabama — With Alabama in its current drought, residences throughout the state can mulch to help save water in their yards and gardens. Rhonda Britton, a regional Extension agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests, said mulch helps save water by holding moisture when placed on top of the soil. “It keeps down erosion and helps hold the moisture in,” Britton ... Read More »

The ins and outs of growing succulents in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama — Whether you are an experienced gardener or just a beginner, growing succulents can be a breeze. “A succulent is a thick, fleshy, waxy leafed plant that thrives in periods of drought. They are good for people who forget [to water] or travel a lot,” said Lucy Edwards, a regional home grounds Extension agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Drought Conditions Make it Difficult for Horses

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AUBURN, Ala. – Droughts can make things difficult for horses because of the high temperatures, limited water sources and scarce forages. Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said that there are ways to help horses maintain good health despite severe weather. Scouting and Evaluating Pasture  If pastures have limited or a poor quality of forages, producers should ... Read More »

To water or not to water?

AUBURN, Alabama. — To water or not water? Many farmers grapple with this issue every year. Row cropping itself can be a tedious and complex art form, but when it comes to irrigation it’s all about strategy. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, there are approximately 26,000 acres of corn irrigated for grain in Alabama. Most farmers choose ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Scientist Explains Advisory Issued for Several Alabama Water Systems

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AUBURN, Ala.—A scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says that the health advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency related to several Alabama water systems focuses on two compounds, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have identified several water systems in north Alabama that had ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Disease and Drought

Tomato plants are susceptible to foliar diseases and sensitive to drought.  To avoid those problems, gardeners need to use extra care in the garden. Selecting a disease resistant tomato variety is one of the first steps toward growing healthy tomato plants. There are plenty of good tomato varieties, but it’s best to pick a variety recommended for your region. To be ... Read More »

Lichens: A Sign of Poor Tree Health

Lichens often take the brunt of angry homeowners wondering what causes frilly blue-green growths on a tree trunk. These growths do not cause harm to trees, but are a sign of poor tree health. Regional Extension Agent Beau Brodbeck said blaming lichens for hurting trees is nothing new. “Most people blame the frilly blue-green growths on a tree trunk for ... Read More »

Make Spring Break Healthy

High school and college students look forward to spring break every year.  Although it is a fun holiday, it is known to be extremely unhealthy. Between binge drinking, junk food eating and lack of sun protection, spring break can be overly dangerous to our bodies. Are there ways to keep spring break fun, but more on the healthy side? According to ... Read More »