ANR

  • A ground level image of a single-car garage door and some well-maintained lawn. Sitting on the lawn is a broadcast spreader.

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County While autumn is still a few weeks away, proper care in late summer and early fall helps your bermudagrass, centipedegrass, or zoysiagrass lawn enter dormancy at the appropriate time, protects against cold injury, prevents winter weeds, and reduces disease problems during spring green-up. Stop applying nitrogen.…

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  • An extreme close up of the non-native yellow-legged hornet

    The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) have confirmed the discovery of a yellow-legged hornet in Georgia for the first time. This is the first detection of live yellow-legged hornets in the open United States. GDA, USDA and…

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  • A closeup image of a dandelion full of white fluff.

    Weeds are the number one pest for agricultural production. The development of the herbicide 2,4-D in the 1940s simultaneously reduced the need for physical labor and increased crop yields. Fast-forward to today, and 2,4-D is still a staple for controlling broadleaf weeds, but many other herbicides are available for agricultural and home lawn and landscape…

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  • A large yellow butterfly promoting GSePC.org

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County On August 18th and 19th, community members across Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina will count pollinators as part of the fifth annual Great Southeast Pollinator Census (https://GSePC.org). In the past three years, over 23,000 census counts were submitted and over 333,000 insects were counted. Since…

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  • A deer walking across a road, cars parked on both sides, a mountain in the distance.

    Despite clear weather, I didn’t need sunglasses to drive to work this week. People are contacting the Extension office for information on fall gardening. School started. Just six weeks into summer, the days are still hot, but fall is in the air. Summer solstice is the day each year when we experience the longest amount…

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  • A large field surrounded by trees. Everything is covered with invasive kudzu.

    Georgia has several problematic invasive plants, but kudzu seems to get the most attention. The vine is highly visible, covering banks, trees, and abandoned houses, whether you’re driving in the country or around town. The spread of kudzu has been an ecological concern in the southeastern U.S. for several decades.

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  • Summer Weather Safety

    Heat stress can affect people, animals, and plants. The interaction of heat and humidity creates a heat sensation beyond air temperature alone. A calculation of this interaction gives us the Heat Index – an estimate of how hot we really feel under the temperature and humidity conditions if we’re standing in the shade. For example,…

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  • A small potted snake plant.

    There is a portion of a wall in our living room that is bare and is a source of aggravation for beloved husband. We’ve considered and experimented with different furniture items but haven’t found the thing that’s just right. The one we hoped would work, a tri-level plant stand, failed when the various potted plants…

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  • A boxwood shrub with lesions on the stems.

    Boxwood shrubs (Buxus sempervirens) were imported to North America in the 1650s, but they were features in European and Asian gardens long before that. Durable, versatile, and evergreen, boxwoods are used to create garden walls, sculpted walks, topiaries, and formal parterre gardens. They’re also a popular choice for foundation plantings around homes. So, when a…

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  • Citizen science, also called participatory science, is helping universities and environmental agencies answer questions like these and do other things, like monitor streams for pollution, to address real-world issues. Many projects are suitable for both youth and adult participants.

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