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Keep Pets Safe in Winter Storm

AUBURN, Alabama—Most Alabama residents are not accustomed to blustering winds and icy weather. Preparations for a winter storm include stocking the pantry and winterizing vehicles, but don’t forget provisions for the four-legged members of the family. As wintery weather moves into the state, preparing a warm, dry shelter for pets should be a priority. Robert Spencer, an Alabama Extension animal ... Read More »

February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Ala.—The month of February brings blooms of many different shapes and sizes, a sure sign spring is around the corner. While daffodils and camellias are blooming in bright colors, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. While it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... Read More »

Save Money This Holiday Season

ONEONTA, AL— The holiday season brings about a spirit of joy, togetherness, generosity and love. We create memories with our families and pass down traditions to younger generations. We spend generously on the ones we love to see the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. At such a special time of the year, stressing about finances is ... Read More »

Daffodils Didn’t Bloom This Year?

Gardeners across the country love daffodils.  The beautiful white and yellow blooms brighten up the dreary winter weather, ushering in the spring. But sometimes these seemingly bullet-proof plants don’t bloom. Sallie Lee, an Alabama Extension urban regional agent,  has some ideas on why daffodils fail to bloom as well as tips for season’s end bulb care and ways to help ... Read More »

Winter Wonders: Flowers That Bloom in Winter

With winter is in full swing  and spring slowly approaching, many gardeners are wondering what types of plants and flowers bloom during the chillier seasons. Winter’s dreary and colorless tone can make many gardens and homes look gray and dull. But there are beautiful plants and flowers that thrive in the cold and can give you that oomph of much needed ... Read More »

Winterizing Your Home

Alabama is considered to have mild winters in comparison to other parts of the country, but the state does experience some winter weather extremes almost every year. If you haven’t winterized your home yet, do it now before the temperatures settle into winter averages. Alabama Extension professional Virginia Morgan White shared some  tips to help cold proof and winterize your home ... Read More »

Cold Weather and Lawn Mower Maintenance

With winter approaching and  grass becoming dormant, the need to spend time working outside in the yard decreases. As the weather gets cooler, there are certain steps you can take to maintain your yard and lawn equipment to ensure they will be in the optimal condition when the first days of spring roll around and regular yard work becomes necessary. ... Read More »

The Homeowner’s Guide to Bringing Houseplants Inside for Winter

Woman Looking After Houseplant

Summer is officially over and cool fall nights are setting in. Just as summer ended for us, vacation time is also over for houseplants. For most plants, the transition is not as simple as moving a pot off the porch and into the kitchen. Taking a few basic steps will help ensure that your plants will survive the move indoors. Below ... Read More »