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13 June

Next Meeting

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every other month at 12 noon at the Saraland Chamber Offices.

Welcome to Keep Saraland Beautiful

Keep Saraland Beautiful Yard of

the Month

Selections will rotate monthly to different parts of the city. The yard must have some seasonal color and one or more specimen trees. For full criteria and pictures of past Yards of the Month click the button below.

Adopt-A-Spot

Adopt-A-Spot is a part of Keep Saraland Beautiful, Inc. Our mission is to improve the natural beauty of Saraland with landscaped green spaces along Saraland Boulevard and Industrial Parkway and to improve civic pride in the business district of the City of Saraland.
More Info More Info
The Keep Saraland Beautiful organization received its national certification as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in December 1999. This is a non-profit public education organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and environment of America and improving the waste handling practiced at the community level. It is a community based approach to changing the attitude and practices relating to litter and waste handling. The prime purpose of the Keep Saraland Beautiful program is to improve the aesthetic and ecological value of the city through litter control/prevention, proper handling of solid waste, beautification, public education awareness, recruitment of volunteers, and promotion of voluntary recycling. The program coordinates the cleanup efforts of the city as well as interacting with local business owners and managers. The programs targets "eyesores" throughout the city and seeks community resources to improve such sites as streets, rights of way, parking and vacant lots, loading docks and refuse areas. By having a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate we have access to a network of ideas that have worked and are working for other communities. The concept of changing the community for the better and increasing the community's pride can have long lasting benefits.

Our Mission

To encourage people living and working in Saraland to personally contribute to the improvement of the community

Recycling Ideas

KSB wants everyone to send us your ideas on how to reuse the center of paper towels - toilet paper rolls - wax paper etc. Let us see how many uses we can come up with!
Recycling Ideas Recycling Ideas

Residential Recycling

The City of Saraland has two types of residential recycling. The free SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING containers are located on Station Street and residents must take their recycling items to the collection station. Curbside Single Stream Recycling cost is $5.00 per month per resident and picked up every Tuesday.
More Info More Info
Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein, Council Chair Joe McDonald, Council Members: Newton Cromer, Wayne Biggs, Natalie Moye and Veronica Hudson
Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein, Council Chair Joe McDonald, Council Members: Newton Cromer, Wayne Biggs, Natalie Moye and Veronica Hudson

KSB GARDENING NEWS FROM JAMES MILES

Hello June! June being the start of hurricane season reminds me to do some pruning to increase the wind resistance of the trees in the landscape. You can selectively prune, removing excessive limb growth. When performing this type of pruning, make cuts at the base of the shoots/limbs you wish to remove. Step back and view the plant from different angles between pruning cuts to make sure you keep the plant’s overall structure and sym- metry. Also, while performing this pruning, remove dead wood and branches rubbing & crossing the canopy. Last month, I went to a local garden center to purchase some fertilizer and boy did I get sticker shock. I usually buy enough to last a year or two when it is on sale. That being said, I have not bought any in a couple of years. I was surprised at the price of fertilizers. The very basic fertilizer that I usually purchase was 3 times what it was the last time I bought it. Fertilizers with an insecticide or herbicide was 3 to 5 times more than that. Wow! There are a few ways to cope with this. Option 1: reduce the amount of product you apply. You can reduce the rate by ½ to ¾. Option 2: reduce the number of applica- tions you make during the growing season. Option 3: if you have been fertilizing regularly for the past 3 plus years, you can skip fertilizing this year. Another observation I made while in the garden center is the absence of fire ant baits. I made visits to several garden centers in the area. I did find some fire ant bait, and the selection was very limited. The stores that did have it only had small quantities and only one brand. If you have or plan to purchase fire ant bait, pay attention to the label of what is on the shelf. The majority of the products on shelves now are fire ant killers. There is a difference. The fire ant killer products are fast action compared to the fire ant baits. I reached out to some of my former Extension coworkers to see if they knew what was going on in the industry that would result in this change in product availability. None of them had heard or read anything that supported the change. Some of them did say that fire ant baits can still be purchased online. As much as I like to support, and buy locally, that will have to suffice. What’s in store for us in June? I have been asked several times since May, “when will local melons be available?”. Some local melons will be available mid-month, but the majority of the melons will be available late June through the 4th of July. Local cantaloupes should be available the first week of the month. The above-average temperatures have slowed my tomato harvest down to a crawl. When the night temperatures are 78° and above the pollen of tomatoes becomes sterile and will not be as productive. My peppers on the other hand are looking great and are in full pro- duction. Historically, I have not been very successful growing bell peppers. This year, I have the best bell pepper plants and crop I’ve ever had. I purchased all my plants from the horticulture programs of local high schools. One of my simple pleasures in life is to sit in the landscape in the morning and listen to the birds sing and watch the bees travel from bloom to bloom on my squash plants. It is fasci- nating to watch how they interact with each other and on misty mornings how they hide out in the blooms until the weather clears. June is the month of Father’s Day. In addition to all the gift ideas I’ve shared in the past, gift cards are a great option. Not just any generic gift card. Gift cards to local garden centers and equipment dealers are good for those who like very specific items. Enjoy the outdoors!
More Gardening Tips More Gardening Tips
Congratulations to Southern Bleus Gift Shop, 90 McKeough Ave, for winning the “Quarterly Business Yard of the Month” from Keep Saraland Beautiful . Look for their Grand Opening the first week in May. They have an abundance of gifts for all your occasions, and a very special room for Alabama and Auburn fans.
BEAUTIFICATION AWARD WINNER

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Welcome to Keep Saraland Beautiful

KeepSaralandBeautiful

13 June

Next Meeting

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every other month at 12 noon at the Saraland Chamber Offices.

Keep Saraland Beautiful Yard of

the Month

Selections will rotate monthly to different parts of the city. The yard must have some seasonal color and one or more specimen trees. For full criteria and pictures of past Yards of the Month click the button below.

Adopt-A-Spot

Adopt-A-Spot is a part of Keep Saraland Beautiful, Inc. Our mission is to improve the natural beauty of Saraland with landscaped green spaces along Saraland Boulevard and Industrial Parkway and to improve civic pride in the business district of the City of Saraland.
The Keep Saraland Beautiful organization received its national certification as an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful in December 1999. This is a non-profit public education organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and environment of America and improving the waste handling practiced at the community level. It is a community based approach to changing the attitude and practices relating to litter and waste handling. The prime purpose of the Keep Saraland Beautiful program is to improve the aesthetic and ecological value of the city through litter control/prevention, proper handling of solid waste, beautification, public education awareness, recruitment of volunteers, and promotion of voluntary recycling. The program coordinates the cleanup efforts of the city as well as interacting with local business owners and managers. The programs targets "eyesores" throughout the city and seeks community resources to improve such sites as streets, rights of way, parking and vacant lots, loading docks and refuse areas. By having a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate we have access to a network of ideas that have worked and are working for other communities. The concept of changing the community for the better and increasing the community's pride can have long lasting benefits.

Our Mission

To encourage people living and working in Saraland to personally contribute to the improvement of the community

Recycling Ideas

KSB wants everyone to send us your ideas on how to reuse the center of paper towels - toilet paper rolls - wax paper etc. Let us see how many uses we can come up with!
Recycling Ideas Recycling Ideas More Info More Info

Residential Recycling

The City of Saraland has two types of residential recycling. The free SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING containers are located on Station Street and residents must take their recycling items to the collection station. Curbside Single Stream Recycling cost is $5.00 per month per resident and picked up every Tuesday.
More Info More Info
Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein, Council Chair Joe McDonald, Council Members: Newton Cromer, Wayne Biggs, Natalie Moye and Veronica Hudson

KSB GARDENING NEWS

FROM JAMES MILES

Hello June! June being the start of hurri- cane season reminds me to do some prun- ing to increase the wind resistance of the trees in the landscape. You can selectively prune, removing excessive limb growth. When performing this type of pruning, make cuts at the base of the shoots/limbs you wish to remove. Step back and view the plant from different angles between pruning cuts to make sure you keep the plant’s overall structure and symmetry. Also, while performing this pruning, remove dead wood and branches rubbing & crossing the canopy. Last month, I went to a local garden center to purchase some fertilizer and boy did I get sticker shock. I usually buy enough to last a year or two when it is on sale. That being said, I have not bought any in a cou- ple of years. I was surprised at the price of fertilizers. The very basic fertilizer that I usually purchase was 3 times what it was the last time I bought it. Fertilizers with an insecticide or herbicide was 3 to 5 times more than that. Wow! There are a few ways to cope with this. Option 1: reduce the amount of product you apply. You can reduce the rate by ½ to ¾. Option 2: reduce the number of applications you make dur- ing the growing season. Option 3: if you have been fertilizing regularly for the past 3 plus years, you can skip fertilizing this year. Another observation I made while in the garden center is the absence of fire ant baits. I made visits to several garden cen- ters in the area. I did find some fire ant bait, and the selection was very limited. The stores that did have it only had small quantities and only one brand. If you have or plan to purchase fire ant bait, pay atten- tion to the label of what is on the shelf. The majority of the products on shelves now are fire ant killers. There is a difference. The fire ant killer products are fast action compared to the fire ant baits. I reached out to some of my former Extension coworkers to see if they knew what was going on in the industry that would result in this change in product availability. None of them had heard or read anything that supported the change. Some of them did say that fire ant baits can still be pur- chased online. As much as I like to sup- port, and buy locally, that will have to suffice. What’s in store for us in June? I have been asked several times since May, “when will local melons be available?”. Some local melons will be available mid-month, but the majority of the melons will be available late June through the 4th of July. Local cantaloupes should be available the first week of the month. The above-average temperatures have slowed my tomato harvest down to a crawl. When the night temperatures are 78° and above the pollen of tomatoes becomes sterile and will not be as produc- tive. My peppers on the other hand are looking great and are in full production. Historically, I have not been very successful growing bell peppers. This year, I have the best bell pepper plants and crop I’ve ever had. I purchased all my plants from the horticulture programs of local high schools. One of my simple pleasures in life is to sit in the landscape in the morning and listen to the birds sing and watch the bees travel from bloom to bloom on my squash plants. It is fascinating to watch how they interact with each other and on misty mornings how they hide out in the blooms until the weather clears. June is the month of Father’s Day. In addi- tion to all the gift ideas I’ve shared in the past, gift cards are a great option. Not just any generic gift card. Gift cards to local garden centers and equipment dealers are good for those who like very specific items. Enjoy the outdoors!
More Gardening Tips More Gardening Tips
Congratulations to Southern Bleus Gift Shop, 90 McKeough Ave, for winning the “Quarterly Business Yard of the Month” from Keep Saraland Beautiful . Look for their Grand Opening the first week in May. They have an abundance of gifts for all your occasions, and a very special room for Alabama and Auburn fans.
BEAUTIFICATION AWARD WINNER

Click to View

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