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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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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Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia, is an evergreen shrub native to the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. It gets about 10 feet tall in landscape situations but can become a small tree in the protected deep hollows of the Appalachians. I have seen it growing as far south as Upson…
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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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Be on the lookout for fungus affecting native azaleas in Georgia

Dr. Marin Brewer at the University of Georgia is studying a  fungus that affects Rhododendron canescens, which is commonly known as Piedmont Azalea, Pinxter Azalea, Wild Azalea, Sweet Mountain Azalea, or Wild Honeysuckle. The fungus, known as  Exobasidium, forms a flower shaped gall from the leaves of the azalea. The galls emerge in…
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Eastern Redbud and Flowering dogwood, Harbingers of Spring

In the forests of the eastern United States, the native Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis blooms magenta as the native Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida blooms white. Heralding the arrival of spring inn March and April, this native duo signals to plant lovers in the southeast that the gardening season has begun. The…
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