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Fall Armyworms in Lawns and Pastures

In late summer, almost every year, caterpillars invade pastures, hay fields, and home lawns throughout the state. Particularly in pastures and hay fields, damage may be severe before the worms are noticed. The grass is usually not killed, but hay yield and forage can be reduced to almost nothing over…
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Sooty Mold

Sooty mold can be a very confusing plant disorder to troubleshoot for many backyard gardeners and commercial landscapers.  Quite often small trees, shrubs, and flowers that have no obvious insect or disease problems can be completely covered by this mysterious black mold.  Even more perplexing is the fact that the…
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Ants in My Plants

Every summer, we receive calls about ants getting into vegetable gardens and crawling all over people’s plants.  In particular, okra and southern peas seem to be a common problem for nuisance ants.  Ants are attracted to the sugary nectar produced in flowers and may also be attracted to other sap-feeding…
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Yellownecked Caterpillars on Blueberries

The yellownecked caterpillar is a common pest of shade trees and shrubs.  It is found throughout the eastern United States.  It feeds on a variety of trees including basswood, birch, elm, honeylocust, oak, maple, and walnut.  This insect is also destructive on the foliage of blueberry, apple, and other fruit…
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Sappy Peaches

The oozing sap on stems and fruit are actually caused by two different issues. The exuding of sap or gum from the stems of stone fruit trees (peaches, plums, cherry) is so common it has been given the name gummosis.
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Plant Plagues

The abundant rainfall and warm weather over the past few weeks has unleashed a potential plague of weeds, insects, and garden diseases.  It appears that spring is coming early this year!  So far, we are about ten inches above normal for rainfall in North Georgia.  Soil temperatures are warming up…
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