The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

Turf Fanatics

Turf fanatics are a strange breed. They care deeply for the appearance of a non-human life form that cannot love them in return. Dog and cat fanatics can at least receive affectionate licks and purrs. Turf fanatics will go to great lengths to assure their stand of turf is beautiful…
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To Apply Spring Preemergent Herbicides Or Not To Apply…That is the Question

Two Choices: 1. Perfect Lawns require Spring Preemergent Herbicides  If you want your lawn to be as weed-free as a golf course, then you must apply preemergent herbicides. These chemicals prevent weed seed from germinating and kill tiny weeds. The time for preemergent herbicide application is now: apply preemergent herbicides between…
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Large Patch Fungus Killing Warm Season Grasses This Fall

The large patch fungus attacks warm season turf during cool wet periods. The fungus eats at the plants roots, killing the grass in distinct near-circular patches. Dr. Alfredo Martinez, UGA’s Turfgrass Disease specialist, has written a really good synopsis of the disease here: Large patch disease is favored by: •…
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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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