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Common Lespedeza

All too often this summer I have seen common lespedeza become a frequent occurrence in lawns.  Even I have been dealing with a little clump of it in my front yard.  I am fortunate only to have a few small clumps that I can hand pull each time I mow…
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FREE FALL BEE SCHOOL 2019

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping Come to the SOWEGA Beekeepers FREE Fall Short Course to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping from our panel of experts. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future. The day…
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Granulate Ambrosia Beetle Damage

Last week I hired a landscaper to trim up a hedgerow of confederate jasmine.  I met him at my house while he was doing the work as I wanted to pay him before he left.  While there, we began talking about Asian citrus psyllid trapping and granulate ambrosia beetles once…
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Grey Leaf Spot

Grey leaf spot, a common fungal leaf spot, is very common on St. Augustine grass during summer and early fall. High humidity, warm temperatures, and high nitrogen levels favor the development of this disease. Areas of your lawn that are partially shaded are more severely affected by the disease when…
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GREAT GEORGIA POLLINATOR CENSUS

The Great Georgia Pollinator Census August 2019 June 18, 2018 by Becky Griffin August 23rd and 24th of 2019, citizens of Georgia will be conducting the first ever statewide pollinator census. This includes YOU if you live in Georgia! You will want to be a part of pollinator history! We have been working…
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Azalea Caterpillars

Scouting during late spring and summer is a good way to detect pests that feed on foliage, like the azalea caterpillar, or pests residing under the leaf, like aphids and azalea lace bugs. Recently a landscape professional sent me photos of azalea caterpillars hatching. Photo by: Jim Houldridge At this…
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My Grass is Dying in Spots

It may not seem like it now, but moisture has played a big part in the current stress of centipede lawns. In recent months centipede grass was slow to green up in some places. Once it did, noticeable brown spots or patches began to appear prompting calls from homeowner and…
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Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)

A few weeks ago I added a Cleome plant to the patio landscape. This is my first time trying to grow this plant, and I have only seen it growing one other time in Athens. I must say that the blooms look prettier in the morning than they do in…
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Do You Know What Poison Ivy Looks Like?

    Many times over the years homeowners have asked me to come out and identify or confirm whether or not they have poison ivy in their flower beds or on their trees. There are a few plants such as box elder and Virginia creeper that can be mistaken for…
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