Kimberly Toal

  • Fayette’s Find of the Month: February 2024

    The Smooth Alder (Alnus serrulata) collected by MGEV R. Guillory has multiple life stages on a single branch. In the image below, you will see this year’s male flowers (catkins) starting to produce yellow pollen. As you move down the branch, you will see tiny reddish female flowers that will produce small cones later in…

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  • Come join us for our pollinator party on Saturday, August 19th from 9am-12pm at the Education Garden in Fayetteville. We will have opportunities available for you to conduct the census, do fun crafts, take tours in the garden, and take home a free plant or seed packet (one per family, while supplies last). If you…

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  • January is National Radon Action Month

    Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause overall. Each year close to 21,000 people in the United States die, over 800 of these deaths are Georgians. Radon can be found in air or water and may be anywhere in Georgia. Check the map to learn more about…

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  • Article written by Heather Kolich, Forsyth County Extension Agent With an October freeze and weeks of balmy December days followed by several consecutive days of sub-freezing temperatures, winter has tossed Georgia some unusual surprises so far. Both temperature conditions can affect the development of fruit crops, including blueberries and peaches, crops that are economically important…

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  • Plan for Extreme Cold this Weekend

    This weekend will definitely feel like winter with lows in the teens and day time temperatures in the 30’s. Check out our Residents Handbook for Natural Disasters (check out page 25, 36, and 83 for winter weather related content) and see below some updates from Pam Knox, UGA Weather Network Director. The chance of snow…

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  • Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Appreciation

    On November 15th, 2022, we held our 8th annual Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Appreciation event at the Fayette County Public Library. In Fayette, we currently we have 55 active Master Gardener Extension Volunteers that have served over 4,631 hours so far in 2022 through in-person education events, providing social media material, and working at projects.…

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  • In addition to soil and water tests, the last two weeks have been busy with researching samples brought into our office. Please find below a sampling of what we have identified in our office lately. Watermeal is a tiny plant that floats on water and is usually associated with stagnant pond water with high nutrient…

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  • Beautiful Fall Color in Fayette

    Beautiful fall color is all around us in Fayette County. In addition to maples and oaks, below are a few plantings showing brilliant colors of red, yellow, and orange around our office. If you would like to see these colors in your yard, give us a call and we can give you information regarding planting…

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  • This week in the Fayette County Extension Office

    October 24-28, 2022: Below are a few things that came into our office this week for identification. Check around your home and garden to see if you have any of these. If you see something you don’t know, send it our way! Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles Lady Beetles are fairly easy to identify in the…

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  • This Week in the Fayette County Extension Office

    October 17-21, 2022 Below are a few things that came into our office this week. Check around your home and garden to see if you have any of these. If you see something you don’t know, send it our way! Joro Spider This week I had my first Joro spider sent to me for identification.…

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