The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

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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