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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Screens Block Unwanted Views

Homes in suburbia are getting closer together. Lot sizes are shrinking and houses are getting bigger. Space is limited and privacy is at a premium. Screens block views and can be created by the proper placement of any object or plant. Walls, trellises with vines, buildings, fences and hedges can…
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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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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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Leyland Cypress Gets Really BIG!!!

In this article from the UK, homeowners had to take action after their neighbor’s Leyland Cypresses overgrew their property! I’m afraid this will happen in the US eventually. Leylands Get Really Big! Plant Them Far Enough Apart. Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii) is one of the most commonly used landscape trees…
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Nursery Plant Shortage 2015?

I was alerted to a possible a sod shortage months ago at one of my agent trainings. The turf specialist said prices would be high in 2015 if you could find any sod. I am finding that to be true. Since then, I have heard through landscape and nursery contacts…
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Shrubs looking bad after heavy spring pruning? Don’t worry they will come back!

Every few years professional landscapers on commercially maintained sites will find it necessary to ‘renovate’ hedged shrubs by pruning them back heavily and allowing new growth to rejuvenate the plant. In general this doesn’t make most plants too ugly although heavily pruned plants hardly look ever look great. Heavy pruning can make…
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Cherry Blossom Time in Rockdale; Planting the Future

Both Rockdale County and the City of Conyers are known for their Cherry blossoms in the spring. Cherry trees have long been a tradition in the area dating back to the early 80’s. Conyers’ first cherry trees were donated by the former President of Maxell Corporation of America Hideo Ogino in…
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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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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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