The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Rockdale County Water Restrictions

The following water restriction information is from the Rockdale County Government Website http://www.rockdalecounty.org/ Watering practices allowable any time: Irrigation of personal food gardens Irrigation of new or replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately…
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How to Prune Hydrangeas

Here is a great article on caring for hydrangeas from the UGA URBAN AG CENTER. The information on pruning is particularly useful this time of year. Hydrangea: A Southern Tradition from the article: How to Prune Hydrangeas: How and when to prune hydrangeas is an issue for many gardeners, even…
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Magnolias and hollies dropping leaves

Each spring we County Agents get questions about magnolias and other broadleaf evergreen plants such as hollies dropping leaves. We generally call this phenomena ‘evergreen leaf drop’. Deciduous plants such as oak trees drop all of their leaves each year…all at once. Evergreen plants such as magnolias drop all of their…
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What is causing this circle around my tree?

There are several reasons why a circle might appear in the turf surrounding a tree. No, not aliens or crop circles. Sometimes there are many possible scenarios for a landscape phenomena. For instance, here four differing suggestions as to what could be causing the grass turn brown in a circle…
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Problems on Cedars This Spring

I have gotten many calls about various cedars/cypress/pine trees (Deodara, Italian, Leyland, etc.)  turning yellow or bronze and dropping needles. There are several things going on right now that could be the problem: Spider mites – cool season spider mites like Southern Red Mite thrive in cooler temperatures. Our relatively cool…
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The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program

The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program is a volunteer training program offered through the county offices of UGA Extension. Through this program individuals are trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening, and related areas. These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of the Extension Agent….
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Fire Blight on Pears

Check out these pictures of Fire Blight infection on flowering pears (photos by Harris County, UGA). According to the UGA Publication on Fire Blight, “Fireblight is a destructive, highly infectious and widespread disease caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora. Fireblight can be a problem in Georgia and is particularly prevalent in…
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When Can I Plant My Tomatoes?

Three weeks of temperatures in the mid-sixties makes every gardener worth his or her salt want to get out and start planting their vegetable garden. With the daffodils blooming and the buds on the trees swelling, spring looks like it is here. But beware, the ‘garden-gods,’ like the Greek gods…
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