The Rockdale Gardener

Gardening Posts From Rockdale Cooperative Extension

How to Prune Hydrangeas

Here is a great article on caring for hydrangeas from the UGA URBAN AG CENTER. The information on pruning is particularly useful this time of year. Hydrangea: A Southern Tradition from the article: How to Prune Hydrangeas: How and when to prune hydrangeas is an issue for many gardeners, even…
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Why are my cool season vegetables not growing?

There are several reasons why your cool season veggies have not grown sufficiently this fall. Timing – Hopefully you planted it at the correct time. If you plant late then they will be behind. Planting Dates for Various Vegetables  Asparagus (Roots) November                    Garlic 8/15 — 12/15 Beans (Bush) 7/01 —…
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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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Attracting Birds to Your Landscape

The brightly colored feathers of Goldfinches on my bird feeder thrills my family as we watch them out of our dining room window at each meal. Hummingbirds visiting the cleome and cosmos flowers fly up to the window to see what we are up to. Birds are like flying flowers….
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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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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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