Bulloch County Extension

Protecting Pollinators

Most people who are active in caring for their lawns and landscaped plants are aware of and are concerned about the decline of insect pollinators, such as certain types of bees and butterflies, that has occurred over the past couple of decades.  Reasons for the diminishing numbers of honey bees…
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It’s International Composting Awareness Week!

The U.S. Compost Council has set May 1-7 as Compost Awareness Week. International Compost Awareness Week is an annual multi-media publicity and education campaign that showcases composting and compost products, from backyards to large-scale composting facilities. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical…
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Timing is key to a beautiful lawn

Proper timing of fertilization, weed and pest control, as well as mowing height and lawn maintenance are key to establishing and maintaining a beautiful lawn.  These management guidelines are specific to what type of turf grass that is growing in the lawn.  To help make timely decisions UGA Extension has…
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Understanding Seed Catalogs

It is that wonderful time of the year when the seed catalogs have arrives in the mail. Filled with striking images of good things to come, as you read the catalogs you may run across words that are unfamiliar. They are used to help readers make good decisions and buy…
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Take the Guesswork out of Gardening with a Soil Test

Soil testing is a valuable tool to ensure success in your lawn and garden.  It provides a quick and accurate determination of the pH (acidity) and the level of several plant essential nutrients like: phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  These results will help guide your decisions on plant selection, soil…
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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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UGA Ag Forecast series to be held across Georgia Jan. 21-29

Good information is the best defense against the unforeseen circumstances — like changing governmental regulations and weather patterns — that can impact agriculture. That’s why the University of Georgia’s team of agricultural economists kicks off each year with the Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series. There, they present valuable insights into…
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Mistletoe may help sweethearts, but it hurts host trees

By Paul Pugliese UGA Extension Mistletoe is often used postmortem to lure unsuspecting sweethearts to a Christmastime kiss. For the other 364 days of the year, it is actually considered an infectious parasite that kills trees. If you see green leaves in the top of deciduous trees, it might be…
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