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It’s International Composting Awareness Week!

The U.S. Compost Council has set May 1-7 as Compost Awareness Week. International Compost Awareness Week is an annual multi-media publicity and education campaign that showcases composting and compost products, from backyards to large-scale composting facilities. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical…
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Understanding Seed Catalogs

It is that wonderful time of the year when the seed catalogs have arrives in the mail. Filled with striking images of good things to come, as you read the catalogs you may run across words that are unfamiliar. They are used to help readers make good decisions and buy…
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Take the Guesswork out of Gardening with a Soil Test

Soil testing is a valuable tool to ensure success in your lawn and garden.  It provides a quick and accurate determination of the pH (acidity) and the level of several plant essential nutrients like: phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  These results will help guide your decisions on plant selection, soil…
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Be patient – don’t prune yet

By Merritt Melancon University of Georgia With December’s temperatures mimicking spring in most parts of Georgia, it’s no wonder that so many landscape plants are confused. Last month, gardeners in all corners of the state saw their azaleas blooming and their spring flowering trees forming buds. Since then, winter weather…
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Wet weather brings out Mushrooms in landscapes

Mushrooms are the visible structures of the unseen fungi growing in our landscapes. Think of mushrooms as the flowers and fruits of the fungi world. The mushrooms these fungi produce may cause a concern depending on where they are growing. Mushrooms and other fungal growths can be unsightly and are…
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Plant trees and shrubs in Fall

Finally, fall is here. The weather is becoming slightly cooler, and gardeners are slowly migrating back outdoors after the heat of summer. Now is a perfect time to add a new tree or a grouping of shrubs to the landscape. Or perhaps you have an area in the landscape that needs…
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Vegetable Garden Care

As the days get hotter and drier, keep a watchful eye on your vegetable garden. Careful attention to a few details will help your garden produce a bountiful harvest all summer. Water Management Focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least 1 inch of water per…
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Tips on Composting

Composting is a simple way to add nutrient-rich humus which fuels plant growth and restores vitality to depleted soil.  It’s also free, easy to make and good for the environment. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity.  Compost loosens clay soils and helps…
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