The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

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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Want to count fireflies?

Clemson University is enlisting the public in its effort to count fireflies. Some scientists think the iconic insect may be declining in numbers. Using a mobile app you can upload your findings directly and contribute to the science!
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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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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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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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Fleas…I am itching just writing about them.

Did you just move into a home and suddenly you find yourself being bitten by fleas? Your home’s prior occupant likely left a stockpile of flea eggs in the yard and the house. Lucky you! The egg/pupae stage of the flea’s life cycle is not susceptible to insecticides. Flea eggs/pupae…
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