Buying a Good Garden Hose 13 Sep 1 Alabama Extension Q&A

Buying a Good Garden Hose

While it’s back-to-school for many of us, whether we’re the student or the parent, this time of year produces seasonal sales! Needing a new garden hose, one of my neighbors asked me which one was the best “deal” among options available to them. While listing any personal preferences you have,…

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Formosa Lilies 12 Sep 1
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Bulbs

Formosa Lilies

By September, I am running out of steam. I am weary of cutting this grass, and now my lawns are covered with the first leaves off the deciduous trees. It takes a lot to impress me right now. So, let’s take a look at the wonderful Formosa Lily. This cluster,…

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Pruning vs. Shearing 12 Sep 0
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Pruning

Pruning vs. Shearing

I just finished my final grooming of the year for this espalier cotoneaster and a tea olive. With the cotoneaster, I make careful cuts with my trusty Felco bypass pruners. I removed the long, soft shoots where they branched off the main, trained branches. I was careful to preserve the…

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First Fruits of Fall 04 Sep 0
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Fruits

First Fruits of Fall

When a neighbor calls and says come see my beautiful beautyberry in fruit, you know fall is not far off. This week, once she told me about hers and I made a photo, I started seeing them everywhere. While the foliage is still on they are not showy from a…

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Annuals That Need Help 31 Aug 0
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Annual Flowers

Annuals That Need Help

All around town annuals are looking bad. It could be because of several things. Here are a few tips to get them looking good this fall and hopefully have a good show of blooms. The shade type impatiens were planted in late May and had irrigation when needed. They looked…

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Tending the Garden Now 27 Aug 2
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To Do Now

Tending the Garden Now

With a break in the August heat, now is the time to prepare the garden for fall. Here are some things I am currently doing in my garden. Zinnias, large flowered marigolds, tithonia, petunias and other summer annuals need to have their spent blooms removed to encourage a flush of…

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Rooting Begonias 21 Aug 0
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Houseplants

Rooting Begonias

Cane type begonias are easy to root, and now is a good time to take these cutting and root outdoors in a cool shady place. Often times too, they can be rooted in water. I hope this blog will explain an easy way to root these cuttings outdoors. First, I…

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Summer Pruning 08 Aug 0
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Shrubs

Summer Pruning

Every August I like to remove and shape many of my evergreen shrubs. In the images above I simply removed a good bit of new growth that made the shrub taller  than I wanted for the existing space. This is the purpose of summer pruning. Please do this with hand pruners…

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