Bulloch County Extension

Fire blight on pear trees

Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, is a common and frequently destructive disease of pome fruit trees and related plants. The first symptoms of fire blight occur in early spring, when temperatures are above 60 °F and the weather is rainy or humid. Infected flowers turn black and die….
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Warm Winter and Pecans

By Dr. Lenny Wells – UGA Pecan Specialist We haven’t had much of a winter this year. We’ve only had 4 days where temperatures dipped below freezing in Tifton and the average temperature since November has been 57 degrees as opposed to 55 degrees last winter. We’ve also accumulated only…
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Be patient – don’t prune yet

By Merritt Melancon University of Georgia With December’s temperatures mimicking spring in most parts of Georgia, it’s no wonder that so many landscape plants are confused. Last month, gardeners in all corners of the state saw their azaleas blooming and their spring flowering trees forming buds. Since then, winter weather…
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Plant trees and shrubs in Fall

Finally, fall is here. The weather is becoming slightly cooler, and gardeners are slowly migrating back outdoors after the heat of summer. Now is a perfect time to add a new tree or a grouping of shrubs to the landscape. Or perhaps you have an area in the landscape that needs…
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What is this strange growth on azalea leaves?

Leaf galls, caused by the fungus Exobasidium vaccinii, are common on azalea in the spring during wet, humid, cooler weather. The fungus invades expanding leaf and flower buds causing these tissues to swell and become fleshy, bladder-like galls. Initially, the galls are pale green to pinkish. Eventually, they become covered…
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Protect Ornamentals from Cold Temperatures

November 2014 was one of the top five coldest Novembers on record for many weather stations across Georgia.  The three-month outlook for December through February continues to show the signs of an El Nino, which will bring cooler and wetter conditions to south Georgia through the winter months.  Cold damage to ornamental plants…
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Why is the pecan nut size so small this year?

Dr. Lenny Wells, Associate Professor and Extension Horticulture Specialist for pecans, discusses his theories on why the pecan nut size is smaller this year as compared to last. “Pecan harvest is well underway and the most consistent observation regarding the 2014 pecan crop is small nut size. The effect of various…
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