The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

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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Hostas and Hellebores: Shade favorites

Shade tends to discourage homeowners from gardening but it really shouldn’t. There are many plants that thrive in shade. Two of the best are hostas and hellebores. Hostas (Hosta sp.) are noted for their unique foliage. Natives of Asia, they have been enjoyed by southern gardeners for generations. These foliage…
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Emerald Ash Borer

The (EAB) is a non-native and highly invasive insect that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in 25 states and in Canada since it was first discovered near Detroit, Michigan in 2002, It is thought that EAB was accidently introduced into the U.S. from Southeast Asia in infested shipping…
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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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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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Silly Psyllids on Beech Trees

The Beech tree in my front has some strange inhabitants. These white insects form colonies on limbs. Below them is a mysterious substance. The insect is a psyllid or woolly aphids. Psyllids bunch together and move in unison when threatened making themselves look like a larger organism. Psyllids are gregarious insects that…
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Warm Season Turfgrasses Suffering from Disease This Fall

The picture to the right shows zoysiagrass suffering from a patch disease Fall 2015. The image is classic Rhizoctonia Large Patch. The turf develops brown patches with purple borders as the fungus radiates out from the site of initial infection, consuming the turf roots and damaging the grass. It is always best to…
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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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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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Have You Always Dreamed of Being a Farmer?

Have you always dreamed of being a farmer? Are you great at growing plants? Are you good with animals such as chickens, rabbits or goats? Have you always wanted to work with honey bees? Do you feel passionately about ‘locally grown food’ or the ‘farm-to-table’ movement? Perhaps it is time for…
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