The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Fruit trees- What are ‘chill hours’ anyway?

Buying the right fruit tree can be confusing. Labels talk about all of the great attributes of a fruit tree. Some Labels mention chill hours. What is a “chill hour’ anyway? Chill Hours is simply a measurement of the number of hours of winter temperature below 45 oF. According to…
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Green Industry Update for Professionals; CEUs available; March 13 Gwinnett

There is a great opportunity for green industry pros to get continuing education credits at a green industry update for professionals to be held in Gwinnett. The program will offer 5 hours of Category 24 Turf and Ornamentals Pesticide License credits. 5 hours of ISA Certified Arborist Credits along with 0.50…
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A tree walk through a local woodland

If we were to take a walk through a local woodland you would find that Rockdale County is a county blessed with many notable trees. On our walk we might find the Georgia Oak, a relatively uncommon tree. Interestingly, the Georgia Oak was discovered growing on the granite outcrops locally. It is a…
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Rabbits Are Fun

I really like raising rabbits. Rabbits can be raised as pets and for food. Some people find the thought of eating rabbits difficult to imagine. I take a pragmatic approach. I like to eat rabbit but I raise them for fun so I only butcher rabbits when I end up with…
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Free Homeowner Turf Care Class!

The Spring season is just around the corner! I want to invite those of you who are interested to a free homeowner turf care class in Covington. Topics will include weed control, soil testing, spreader calibration, fertilization and cultural practices for the different types of grasses…plus any questions you may…
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February is the month to think about turfgrass!

  February is the time to start thinking about turfgrass. This is the month to apply preemergent herbicides, lime according to a soil test and overseed fescue. Preemergent herbicides are weed killers that prevent weed seeds from germinating. If you need recommendations on the correct one to use, UGA has…
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Time to Lime

It is time to lime (if you need to). Soils in Georgia tend to be acidic. Lime neutralizes acid. This makes soil more favorable for plant growth for many reasons and is therefore recommended when needed. So how do you know if you need lime? The best way to know…
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Integrated Pest Management in the Vegetable Garden

If you questions about your garden,  lawn or landscape you can or email me and I would be glad to assist you. Steve Pettis, Rockdale County Extension Agent for Agricultural and Natural Resources Email: pettis1@uga.edu Website: http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/rockdale Phone: 770-278-7373 Mailing Address: 1400 Parker Rd. SE; Lobby A Conyers, GA 30094-5953
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Home Gardenning Classes for 2015

  To Register Class Schedule   Registration is required by: Monday prior to event. Cost: $5 includes handouts – Bring your own lunch.   Payment due with registration or at the door (cash or check).   Make checks payable to:   Rockdale County Extension/4-H. Mail completed registration   form to: Steve Pettis,…
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Pruning Crape Mytles

Many of us already have Crape Myrtles established in our landscapes. Unfortunately, the tree has the dubious distinction among gardeners and horticulturists as the plant that gets butchered in the worst way by uninformed property maintenance companies and homeowners. ‘Crape murder’ is a term that is used to describe the…
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2015 Fruit Plant Sale

2015 Rockdale Extension Plant Sale All orders must be pre-paid. No phone orders or credit cards. Orders taken thru March 11, 2015! Cash or check only – receipt available in the office on plant pickup day. Make checks payable to Rockdale County Extension/4H. Bring or mail form to: Rockdale County Extension…
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