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Fall is the time for planting fruit trees

Harvesting fresh fruit from your home orchard can be a delicious way to add beauty, taste, and variety to your landscape and diet. The best time to plant fruit trees in Georgia is in the fall. “Growing fresh fruit can be rewarding and fun but can also provide its share…
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Joro spiders are here to stay

Since they were first discovered in 2013, East Asian Joro spiders — which are native to China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan — have shown up in force in Northeast Georgia.  In the eight years since that first siting, Joro spiders have been found in 23 Georgia counties and South Carolina….
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Habits of successful cattle producers

I have been with UGA Extension for 15 years and in that time, I have had the opportunity to travel and visit with cattlemen from around the state and country.  Large or small, the successful producers all have a few things in common, but probably not the things you are…
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Let’s talk composting

Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical properties, and supply some of the essential nutrients for plant growth.  Composting is a method of speeding natural decomposition under controlled conditions. Many types of organic materials can be used for compost. This is an easy…
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Bermudagrass Pasture Decline

Bermudagrass decline is a term that broadly describes the gradual thinning and sometimes the outright loss of pasture grass stands over time.  The term is broad because the problem is often linked to several different causes.  These primary causes are often exacerbated by extreme environmental stresses like drought, heavy rainfalls,…
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Tomato Troubles

I have recently received numerous calls about problems with tomato plants.  This time of the year we typically see issues start to arise in our flourishing gardens. Two of the most common problems are leaf spots and blossom end rot.  There are three leaf spot diseases commonly found on garden…
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Shoo, fruit flies! Don’t bother me!

Flies can be a pesky pest, especially indoors. Although they may occur year-round, the usual abundance of ripening produce this season in many homes tend to attract more fruit flies. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, so don’t let fruit flies deter you from…
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