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Composting Good for Environment and Homeowners

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama produces around 2.6 million tons of solid waste every year. Roughly 20 percent of that amount is made up of lawn and garden wastes – grass clippings, leaves, tree and/or shrub prunings, home garden refuse and kitchen wastes. Composting is becoming a growing trend for homeowners to reduce the amount of waste. Start a Compost ... Read More »

Nurturing House Plants during Winter

AUBURN, Ala.—As temperatures begin to fall, it is time to bring plants inside to protect them from the cold. There are some steps to take in order to lessen the shock for your plants and to not bring in any unwanted pests. Lucy Edwards, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says the ... Read More »

Recycling Leaves In Your Yard

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Every fall, most people’s yards are covered in leaves. Many people dispose of them by tossing them out with the trash. Instead of throwing them away, try recycling leaves in your yard this year. “Recycling leaves either for mulch or as compost for improving soil is a good alternative,” said Taylor Reeder, an Alabama Extension home ... Read More »

Grow a Wildflower Meadow in Your Backyard

Wildflower

AUBURN, Ala. – Wildflower meadows are a rich and colorful habitat full of beautiful flowers and various grasses. They also create a home for biodiversity. “Large or small, the benefits of a wildflower ‘patch’ are numerous. Environmentally, the pollinators will love you. Honey bees and native bees, along with butterflies, and other pollinators will enjoy the continuous food source- nectar,” said ... Read More »

Selecting, Planting and Caring For Shrubs

AUBURN, Ala. – Shrubs are great additions to any landscape. There are a variety of colors, shapes, textures and mature heights to accommodate any design need. Planting a variety of shrubs that bloom at different times of the year add year-round color to a landscape. Extension professionals provide information on selecting, planting and caring for shrubs. Choosing a Shrub Hayes ... Read More »

Planting Blueberries This Fall

AUBURN, Ala. – Blueberries are a healthy, delicious fruit. They can be baked into muffins and breads, added to cereal or eaten out of hand. They are one of the few plants that offer beauty and taste throughout most of the year. Rabbiteye blueberries are one of the easiest fruit for homeowners to grow. Planting Blueberries Being native to the ... Read More »

Mums: The Flowers of Fall

Mums and pumpkins on an old wagon.

AUBURN, Ala.- With every fall comes the beautiful displays of pumpkins, gourds, natural foliage and of course chrysanthemums. Better known as mums, these flowers have a variety of vibrant colors including golden yellow, burnt orange, deep purple, bold crimson and snowy white. If properly cared for, they can provide color all fall long. An Extension professional provides tips on purchasing and caring ... Read More »

Sunflowers Provide Color to Landscapes

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Sunflowers are highly valued economically, but they seem to be overlooked when choosing plants for landscapes. Few plants can boast better color, yet they are not often seen in flowerbeds like many other plants. Sunflowers make excellent temporary hedges and screens and provide a showy backdrop for flowerbeds, while dwarf cultivars make excellent borders and color ... Read More »

Roses Come Back to Life in the Fall

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Fall is a good season in Alabama for rose plant growth and flowering. It is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. With adequate watering, some fertilization and clean up, gardeners will enjoy many weeks of colorful blooms in the fall. Pruning Roses To rejuvenate ... Read More »

Ornamental Grasses Can Add Beauty to Your Landscape

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are planning landscape renovation, consider adding ornamental grasses. The term ornamental grasses is used to describe all grasslike plants including sedges, reeds, rushes and many others. All of the varieties and species have become popular in recent years. “Ornamental grasses are highly resistant to problems caused by diseases and insects and require little to no pruning,” ... Read More »