The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Emerald Ash Borer

The (EAB) is a non-native and highly invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states and in Canada since it was first discovered near Detroit, Michigan in 2002, It is thought that EAB was accidently introduced into the U.S. from Southeast Asia in infested shipping…
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Adding Beneficial Insect Preservation to Your Pest Management Business

by Steve D. Pettis Rockdale County Extension Agent Pollinators in the news Pollinators have been headlining the news for months now. With reports of declining Monarch Butterfly populations and honeybee deaths seeming in the news daily, homeowners are becoming aware of the plight of pollinators and other beneficial insects. Just…
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Silly Psyllids on Beech Trees

The Beech tree in my front has some strange inhabitants. These white insects form colonies on limbs. Below them is a mysterious substance. The insect is a psyllid or woolly aphids. Psyllids bunch together and move in unison when threatened making themselves look like a larger organism. Psyllids are gregarious insects that…
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Helping Pollinators – Attracting Butterflies to Your Landscape

Pollinating insects are critical to the environment and agriculture. These insects transfer pollen from plant to plant making possible the fruits, vegetables and nuts that we depend on for our survival. The best known pollinator besides the honey bee is the butterfly. There are many species of butterflies and one…
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Beneficial Insects, Spiders and Mites

The most numerous form of life on earth is the insect and they take care of some of the most basic chores of the natural world. Our beneficial six-legged friends perform processes such as organic matter decomposition, soil aeration, and pollination. They also help to control harmful insects that damage…
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Ambrosia Beetles Kill Japanese Maples

If you own a Japanese maple, flowering cherry tree, redbud or any smooth barked tree, be vigilant! An insect pest is out there stalking your prized landscape tree. It is very tiny but it can bring even large trees down. This insect is an exotic invasive known as the Granulate/Asian ambrosia…
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Butterfly Houses and The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail

Butterflies are awesome…who doesn’t like butterflies? They are super important ecologically as pollinators and are beautiful at that! If you have or manage a butterfly garden, perhaps you should join the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. According to the website, “The butterfly trail in Plains, GA began due to Mrs. Carter’s…
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