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Crape Myrtle Pruning

Crape myrtles are a very common tree that many people like to plant in their home landscape or you may see them lining roads in towns. There are couple of reasons why crape myrtles make great landscape trees. The first is that they are very disease and insect resistant, there…
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Mulch

Mulch is a very important tool in any gardeners’ toolkit. In addition, it does a lot more than simply make beds look nicer. Mulch serves a variety of different purposes that are beneficial to plants around your house. Let’s talk about the different types of mulch that are out there…
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Feral Hogs

Feral hogs go by a couple of different names, but any way you spell it they are trouble. They are a prevalent problem throughout Georgia and without proper management will only get worse here in the mountains. They do a lot of damage to farmers’ crops and to homeowners’ lawn…
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Radon

Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that causes lung cancer. Every 25 minutes someone dies from radon induced lung cancer, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer. During Radon Action Month this January, UGA experts are advising you to test your home for radon gas. I’d like to…
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Apple Tree Pruning

Deep winter is prime apple tree pruning time. Pruning apple trees is important early in the tree’s life so that it gets started off right. Later on, if you properly prune the tree each year the tree will be more productive, more disease resistant, and have a longer life. Keeping…
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What’s Going on Here?

Deep winter is prime apple tree pruning time. Pruning apple trees is important early in the tree’s life so that it gets started off right. Later on, if you properly prune the tree each year the tree will be more productive, more disease resistant, and have a longer life. Keeping…
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Erosion Control

Georgia, along with much of the southeastern US, don’t have a positive past with erosion. Repetitive cropping of cotton in the Piedmont resulted in seven inches of topsoil being washed away into the ocean. Soil takes hundreds of years to create, meaning that loss of soil is something that is…
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Dogwoods

This week I am going to talk about dogwoods. Dogwoods are always a favorite of mine in the spring. They also have great fall color in their deep red leaves. They are not difficult to grow given the right conditions, and they are found naturally, as they are a native…
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Green in Winter

Most of the landscape around is brown or is turning that way. Some weeds are coming up since we have cooler weather that make the ground dotted with green. Let’s talk about these weeds and how to identify them. We’ll also discuss different ways to control them. Henbit, common chickweed,…
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White Pines

White pines are a common tree in the mountains. They have a couple of interesting features and are a native tree so let’s talk about white pines, some of their benefits and drawbacks. The scientific name for white pines is Pinus strobus L. They can be found from southern Canada,…
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