The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

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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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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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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Pruning Crape Mytles

Many of us already have Crape Myrtles established in our landscapes. Unfortunately, the tree has the dubious distinction among gardeners and horticulturists as the plant that gets butchered in the worst way by uninformed property maintenance companies and homeowners. ‘Crape murder’ is a term that is used to describe the…
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River Birch Leaf Drop

Each summer I get a few calls about river birch. Usually these are large river birch trees in the landscape that are many years old. The complaint is often that these older trees start to shed leaves in May as soon as they turn green. People also report that the branches fall…
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Leyland Cypress Gets Really Big!

The Rockdale County Extension Service provides many services to the people of Rockdale, but one of the most popular is our Plant Disease Clinic in which we diagnose plant problems and make recommendations on how to fix them. We receive many samples per year and out of all the disease samples we…
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