If you’ve never heard of The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and are wondering what the heck it is, here’s a little background info. Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities have certain land-grant functions, and the cooperative is operating as their primary outreach organization, providing educational outreach to Alabama citizens. Not located in Alabama? That’s OK because the Alabama Extension, as well as many of the pages on both Auburn U’s website and that of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, offer garden, turf care, and lawn maintenance advice that can just as easily relate to other areas of the country.
ACES became the very first multi-college Extension program in the United States in 1995. Its goal was to combine the resources of both of these leading educational institutions.
Turf Care & Lawn Maintenance Research
Trusted resources and information on the ACES website and the Auburn website offer in-depth help in the areas of lawn maintenance, yard care, and gardening for both homeowners and lawn service professionals, including:
It’s a fact that a bit of garden and lawn care knowledge can go a long way toward improving the safety, enjoyment, and value of your property. Well, the good news is that this page has plenty of that, and then some, to help you with some practical methods for solving a number of problems that can affect the beauty of your yard or commercial property with links to videos, webinars, and news.
If you’re looking for some complete publications that address a specific lawn and garden issue, this is the search results page for you. From disease and nematode control in commercial turf and lawns to general pesticide info from the Alabama Pest Management Handbook 2018, you’re sure to find a publication to help you to grow a better garden and a green lawn via tried and true lawn maintenance methods.
This link offers a variety of turf care and lawn maintenance resources for grass selection, landscape design, and more. The page includes turfgrass fact sheets and lawn maintenance calendars for Bermuda, zoysia, centipede, St. Augustine, and tall fescue grasses. The channel provides access to advice for golf greens and courses, home lawn turf care, pest control and diseases, sport surfaces, turf tips and hints, and weed identification.
Let’s face it, nobody wants pests and diseases to take over their beautiful yard so learning about them is important both for homeowners and lawn care service professionals. This page provides in-depth info from the Alabama Integrated Pest Management Information Center regarding pest management and common diseases that can affect your lawn, ornamentals, trees, shrubs, vines, fruits, and veggies.
Staying up-to-date on the current news in the world of insects, diseases, and pests is important not only to farmers and ranchers but to homeowners as well. This link goes a long way toward helping with that via news links to important resources like pest management training videos for beginner farmers, commercial horticulture webinar recordings, and Alabama Pest Management handbooks.
This ACES link has numerous PDF documents aimed at helping with all kinds of lawn care issues like lawn fertilization and other necessary lawn treatments. From the selection of turfgrasses for home lawns to how to control brown patch on warm-season home grasses and other yard care subjects, you’ll find them all here. There’s a document for just about every turf care subject imaginable.
Finding the pertinent PDF document related to an issue you’re having with weed control in your yard is easy with this ACES link. You’ll find everything from insect diseases and weeds in small grains to weed control in homeowner lawns and residential landscapes, as well as fertilization and weed control, and much more. Simply click on the link and to open the document. (Note: Requires Adobe Acrobat.)
One of the most significant hurdles in the whole weed control process is being able to identify what type of weed you have in your lawn or garden. This Auburn weed ID link provides not only complete descriptions of the weeds but pictures, as well, to make that identification process much easier. This user-friendly page addresses common weeds from amaranth to wild garlic and yellow woodsorrel.
If you don’t know the difference between pre-emergent and post-emergent treatments, broadleaf or grassy species, and a host of other weed control terminologies, don’t worry. The truth is that most of us don’t either. But, this Auburn page offers a wealth of info about everything weedy to help you learn how to differentiate between common weed species and weed control methods that really work.
It’s a well-known fact that your lawn is generally the most important part of your yard, which is what makes informed lawn care so crucial. This Auburn page makes that effort much easier with documents about turfgrass management and tips, lawn treatment options, weed control, and grounds maintenance. And, you’ll find weed control documents about everything from chickweed to southern sandbur.
If all of this information makes you feel like you’re going to suffer from information overload and you still have some questions about your lawn or garden, calling your local lawn service provider might be your best bet. Sometimes, leaving these things in the hands of professionals can make your life much easier and significantly more enjoyable.