ANR

  • a tan spring peeper frog

    Have you ever wondered what makes that high-pitched whistle during winter nights? It’s the Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). This tiny, nocturnal tree frog is one of 14 species known to live in Forsyth County.

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  • The Art of Pruning

    A smaller branch being cut from the trunk of a tree.

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County Many people approach pruning with confusion, dread, or a chainsaw. I suggest approaching the task with a little knowledge, patience, and artistic vision. Appropriate pruning maintains plant health and promotes flower and fruit production. Timing, tools, and technique are important. Timing People often call the Extension…

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  • A huge pile of trash and a rear view of a dump truck.

    As the county’s population continues to grow, residents grapple with some serious issues. Nearly 6,000 tons of trash rumble down county roads to the landfill six days a week. Land disturbance for road expansions and new buildings causes widespread soil erosion. Home and business owners struggle to grow lawns and landscape plants on construction damaged…

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  • A kitchen facet slowing dripping water.

    Winter weather can cause water pipes to freeze and bust. Take these precautions to protect your pipes:

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  • A dark image of dark green leaves with dark purple berries, Chinese privet.

    Chinese privet has held the #1 ranking for worst invasive plant in the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Dirty Dozen list since 2009. In use since the mid-1800’s as hedges and ornamental plantings, the shrub escaped cultivation during the 1930s and had colonized forests across the southeastern U.S. by the 1950s.

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  • Circle graphic with a city skyline at the top and two cows at the bottom.

    Although we may not see them, farmers are part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Farmers produce the raw materials for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the wood that supports and furnishes our homes, the grapes in a celebratory bottle of wine, and even the cork that stoppers the bottle.…

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  • Setting is a Christmas Tree Farm. A person is squatting at the base of a tree sawing it down.

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County The tradition of bringing greenery into the home during winter has a history that spans many centuries and several cultures. For most of them, evergreen branches symbolized renewal of life and anticipation of the fresh fruits and vegetables that spring brings. So how did the tradition…

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  • Outline of the state of Georgia, inside images depicting agriculture in Georgia.

    Over the years, numerous factors influenced where and how our food is grown. In this century, economic downturns, mirroring war-driven scarcity of the previous century, renewed interest in backyard food gardens. Concerns over pesticide safety fostered a trend of smaller, intensely-managed farms with fewer chemical inputs.

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  • Heavy rainfall and flooding can contaminate wells with pollutants and bacteria. Here are actions to take if your private well is overtopped with flood water during a storm. As soon as possible after flooding, pump a minimum of 2 to 3 times the well volume out of the well. This action helps to clear the…

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  • Care for storm-damaged trees

    A tree with a huge split through a branch.

    Strong winds and ice storms create stress factors in trees that can break branches, snap trunks, and expose or lift roots from the ground. Trees with minor damage may be salvageable, but severely damaged trees pose hazards for people and property, and should be removed. Before beginning any work on a storm-damaged tree, carefully assess…

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