Build a compost bin to reduce waste, make plant food

Jan 30, 15 Build a compost bin to reduce waste, make plant food

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By Mary Carol Sheffield Resolve to live more sustainably in 2015 by creating a compost pile or bin to help reduce household waste. Many items thrown into the trash can be sorted out and composted in the backyard, and benefits go well beyond waste reduction. Compost can be used to improve garden soil and make landscapes and vegetable...

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Protect landscape plants from winter temperatures

Dec 31, 14 Protect landscape plants from winter temperatures

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By Frank M. Watson  Landscape plants get plenty of attention during the summer, but they need protection during Georgia’s winter months. Rather than trying to keep plants warm, gardeners should help protect plants from wind, snow, ice, drastic soil temperature changes and heat from the sun on cold days. Reducing water loss can...

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New Ornamental Tung Tree Available

May 02, 14 New Ornamental Tung Tree Available

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By Jan Suszkiw Anna Bella may herald a new generation of ornamental tung tree varieties suitable for landscape uses in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) molecular geneticist Timothy Rinehart, Anna Bella marks a first in ornamental tung releases because it is sterile and produces virtually...

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Soil amendments can be key factor in flower growth

Oct 31, 13 Soil amendments can be key factor in flower growth

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By Paul Pugliese • UGA Cooperative Extension Annual flowers can benefit greatly from soil amendments. These plants only live for one season, so gardeners have a very short window of time to get them established to produce flowers. Moist, well-drained soils are key Most annual flowers prefer moist, well-drained soils. This sounds...

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Fall is the time to plant and transplant trees and shrubs

Oct 02, 13 Fall is the time to plant and transplant trees and shrubs

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By Merritt Melancon • University of Georgia ~ Frank M. Watson • UGA Cooperative Extension  Although most planting and transplanting occurs in the spring, fall is the best time of year to plant or transplant trees and shrubs. “Trees planted in the fall have an opportunity to establish an extensive root system while the plant...

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Too much moisture can bring brown patch disease to lawns

Aug 01, 13 Too much moisture can bring brown patch disease to lawns

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By Paul Pugliese • UGA Cooperative Extension If doughnut-shaped rings of dead grass are popping up in your lawn, it may be because the recent onslaught of rain created ideal conditions for brown patch disease Brown patch on turfgrass is caused by a fungal disease known as Rhizoctonia solani. Circular patches of dead grass that...

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Install the right plants and butterflies will flock to your garden

Jun 28, 13 Install the right plants and butterflies will flock to your garden

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By Frank M. Watson • UGA Cooperative Extension There is no more delightful decoration for a flower garden than butterflies fluttering from bloom to bloom. Butterflies will visit, and probably stay to lay eggs, wherever there are a variety of plants for food and shelter, some moisture and no pesticides. Whether or not they appear...

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Florida expert: Keep pets, livestock away from false parasol mushrooms

May 31, 13 Florida expert: Keep pets, livestock away from false parasol mushrooms

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By Tom Nordlie, 352-273-3567, tnordlie@ufl.edu • Contact: Matthew E. Smith, 352-273-2837, trufflesmith@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dogs are notorious for eating just about anything, and the nastier, the better – which is why a University of Florida expert is advising canine owners to keep an eye out for poisonous mushrooms as...

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Versatile, hardy hostas becoming a mainstay in Georgia landscapes

Apr 02, 13 Versatile, hardy hostas becoming a mainstay in Georgia landscapes

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By Frank M. Watson • UGA Cooperative Extension  Versatile and hardy, hostas are quickly becoming one of the most popular perennial plants grown in Georgia landscapes. Sometimes referred to as plantain lilies, hostas can thrive in both shade and partial sun. Besides having wonderful foliage, many cultivars produce fragrant flowers...

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Most ground-nesting bees are useful pollinators

Apr 02, 13 Most ground-nesting bees are useful pollinators

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By Paul Pugliese  • UGA Cooperative Extension As a University of Georgia Extension agent, each spring I receive several calls from people who encounter ground-nesting bees and wasps for the first time. These are actually “good bugs” that are doing their job as pollinators or serving as useful predators by controlling other...

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Add new plants now, so they will survive later

Mar 01, 13 Add new plants now, so they will survive later

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Fall and winter are the best times for Georgians to add new trees, shrubs and bushes to their landscapes. Balled and burlapped trees and bushes do best if they are planted in the fall or winter, and bare root plants should only be planted in the dead of winter. Fall and winter are the most ideal times to install a new plant because...

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