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Agriculture & Natural Resources Updates for Fannin & Gilmer Counties


  • Holiday Plant Care

    As we enter into the holiday season, many people enjoy decorating their homes to help them get into the holiday spirit. While some folks just have the knack for picking out the perfect gift, others may be looking for some ideas on how to communicate their well wishes. Personally, I think live plants make a…

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  • Butterfly Weed

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The 2021 Georgia Pollinator Plants of the Year have been announced and gardeners, growers, and retailers alike can come together in support of these special plants. Not familiar with the Georgia Pollinator Plants of the Year Program? Allow me to get you up to speed. The plight of the…

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  • Azalea Care

    Azalea Lace Bug

    Azaleas have been a southern favorite for years. In the Old South azaleas graced plantation houses with their charm, provided flowers for corsages, and were the backbone of many landscape plantings.  The taller Indica azaleas worked well to hide the less attractive foundations of homes.  The plants grew so large they even supplied a hideaway…

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  • Tulip Poplars

    We all know that providing flowers is one way to help local pollinators. And with this in mind, thoughts of pollinator habitats conjure up images of sprawling wildflower meadows or colorful gardens blooming in the full sunlight. While these types of habitats are as great for pollinators as they are beautiful, homeowners surrounded by shade…

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  • Once established, grape hyacinths readily naturalize, reproducing by division and self-seeding. Note that in some situations, grape hyacinths can become invasive, so only plant them in areas where you don’t mind them spreading.

    Now is the time to start enjoying the milder temperatures and beautiful fall colors while you plant. And, let’s face it. While there are some chores in the landscape that you just dread, there is a certain fall garden activity that doesn’t have to be a chore – fall bulb planting! Fall is the correct…

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  • Bumblebee and honey bee on mountain mint

    While summer doesn’t technically come to its end until September 22, there are some phenological signs indicating that we’re moving in that direction. Yellow poplars are already starting to show some dappled yellow in their canopies and are starting to shed some leaves, and before we know it we will start seeing sulphur butterflies. As…

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  • Whether you have wide open spaces, a small side yard, or patio planters, wildflowers are an excellent choice! By establishing native perennials and grasses, property owners may not only enjoy the beauty of a succession of flowers and varied plant forms, but also experience a renewed connection with nature. When done properly, wildflower meadows enhance…

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