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Fall webworms

On my commute into the office this morning, I couldn’t help but notice how the fog and sunshine made the webby nests in all the trees glisten.  Those webs, which cause homeowners much grief, are caused by the fall webworm.  These builders of web houses are often confused with bagworms…
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Best heat tolerant plants for Georgia gardeners

Written by: Savannah Brannen Bulloch County Extension Intern With summer temperatures rising, gardeners should be on the lookout for flowering plants that can withstand the hardy conditions of heat, drought, and full sun without being too much work for the owner. These five plant species are gardeners’ favorites for their…
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Annual bluegrass: a prolific weed

Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) is a cool-season, annual grass that spreads by seed. Annual bluegrass has a tufted habit with a bright green leaf color and fine texture. Annual bluegrass seed germinates in late summer/early fall once soil temperatures fall below 70° F. Seedlings grow and mature in fall, overwinter in…
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Don’t let watering your lawn be too much of a good thing

Turfgrasses, like all living plants, require water for growth and survival. Since rainfall patterns vary sometimes it’s necessary to supplement and irrigate your lawn.  Most all warm season perennial grass lawns (Centipede, Bermuda, St. Augustine, and  Zoysia) require about one inch of water a week.  However overwatering can result in…
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Mole Cricket Control

Late June through early July is a good time to treat for mole crickets in turf. How do you know if a lawn has mole crickets? Unfortunately, it is easier to scout for mole cricket injury earlier in the year. Mole crickets themselves are small and very hard to see…
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Ouch! There are “stickers” in the yard!

LAWN BURWEED – IT’S A STICKY PROBLEM Tim R. Murphy – Retired Extension Weed Scientist, The University of Georgia The weed in question is most commonly lawn burweed (Soliva pterosperma), a.k.a. spurweed, stickerweed, sandbur, sanbur and sandspur. Lawn burweed is a winter annual member of the Aster family. The weed germinates…
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Timing is key to a beautiful lawn

Proper timing of fertilization, weed and pest control, as well as mowing height and lawn maintenance are key to establishing and maintaining a beautiful lawn.  These management guidelines are specific to what type of turf grass that is growing in the lawn.  To help make timely decisions UGA Extension has…
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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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Time to treat lawns for winter weeds

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Now is the time for Georgia homeowners to treat their lawns for weeds, according to a member of the world-renowned University of Georgia Turfgrass Team. Waiting for a weed to become a problem before applying adequate control is…
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