Bulloch County Extension

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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Soil Health and Cover Crops Forum

The Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission, UGA Cooperative Extension, Georgia Grazing Lands Coalition and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting a series of forums to learn about what soil health is and to get a deeper understanding of…
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Time to control Mole Crickets

Late June through early July is a good time to treat for mole crickets in turf. Mole crickets are tan-colored, cricket-like insects that feed on plant roots. They are about one inch long, with short, stout forelegs, spade-like feet and large, dark eyes. Young are like adults but without wings and…
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Protect yourself from ticks

Adapted from an article by Merritt Melancon, news editor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Ticks are in every part of Georgia. The most common ticks in Georgia are lone star ticks, carriers of uncommon diseases called “ehrlichiosis.” However, the American dog tick is also present in the state,…
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Vegetable Garden Care

As the days get hotter and drier, keep a watchful eye on your vegetable garden. Careful attention to a few details will help your garden produce a bountiful harvest all summer. Water Management Focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least 1 inch of water per…
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Tips on Composting

Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil.  It’s also free, easy to make and good for the environment. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity.  Compost loosens clay soils and helps…
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Cottony weed invades lawns

Tim R. Murphy, Retired Extension Weed Scientist It seems that all of a sudden, numerous lawns in Georgia are turning white. Well it is not snow, nor is it left over cotton from last fall. The “cottony” appearance is due to the presence of a weed named facelis (Facelis retusa)….
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Armadillo Problems

Michael Mengak, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, has recently received several calls about armadillo problems.  Below are his takes on this pest: There are no repellents or poisons registered for armadillo. Armadillo are not protected in Georgia – it is legal to hunt or shoot at any time UNLESS it…
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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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Small Farm Business Workshop

The Bulloch and Jenkins County Extension Offices are offering a small  farm business planning program on Thursday, April 23rd from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Bulloch County Extension Office.  This workshop will cover important tools and resources a farm business needs to establish a solid foundation during its initial years. Registration…
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