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Soil Testing

Soil testing is a very important part of growing a quality crop, having a good looking garden, having a quality lawn, or a good pasture. Soil testing gives you an insider look at what is going on in your soil. Let’s take a look at what a soil test can…
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Ladybugs

Ladybugs are coming moving inside and invading people’s homes. Let’s talk about where they came from and what you can do to try and get rid of them. Most of the time the ladybugs that move inside to hibernate through the winter are Asian ladybugs. I often am asked if…
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Bats

In the vein of talking about spooky creatures around Halloween, I’m going to talk about bats! Bats usually creep us out. They can be a pest if they get into your attic. However, they are also good at mosquito control, and mosquitoes are the real bloodsuckers that I don’t want…
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Controlling Invasive Plants

Last week I talked about the Georgia Forestry Commission’s dirty dozen and gave a brief overview of each one. This week I’m going to go more in depth and talk about some ways to identify and control some of these that are problematic in the mountains. I’ll cover Nepalese browntop…
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GFC Dirty Dozen

Every year the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) comes out with a dirty dozen list. This list contains 12 nonnative invasive plants in Georgia. The plants are ranked by the number of acres that they occupy in the state. Let’s go through the list and talk about which ones are prevalent…
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Drought

We have been going through a very dry period. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers and data. I’m also going to talk some about how this dryness has impacted agriculture and natural resources in our area. As of September 25 the United States Drought Monitor has spots…
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Deer Health and CWD

I’m sure that everyone knows that we have a lot of deer in Towns and Union counties. With the amount of deer that we have there are going to be some unhealthy deer out there. Let’s talk about how to keep deer diseases from passing to you, Chronic Wasting Disease…
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Fescue Endophyte

In this article, I’m going to be talking about fescue and its use in pastures. Fescue is a very commonly grown pasture grass around here. It is a cool season grass, which means that it does best in the spring and fall. Hot, dry summers are difficult for fescue and…
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Hunting Season and Murder Hornets

Hunting is more than just a hobby or a past time for many people. It is a way of life. Hunting is also an important part of conservation for natural areas and wildlife. The number of hunters in the U.S. has been in decline the last 5 decades. Since hunting…
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Tall Fescue

I wrote about tall fescue a few weeks ago, but since the time for planting it is about here, I wanted to talk about it a little more. Fescue is commonly used for pastures and lawn in our climate because it is able to handle the cold well. Fescue is…
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