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Guess Who’s Back

Have you seen webs spreading throughout your trees? They can be unsightly and leave brown patches where the webs are. Those are webworms. They are very common so let’s talk about these little guys that are spreading from tree to tree. We have two types of caterpillars that make webs…
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Not the Bees!

Honeybees are a huge resource and are very important in agriculture. The pollination that they do is worth over $14 million dollars annually in the U.S. However, there are times when honeybees get a little too close for comfort. I have gotten several calls from people saying that a beehive…
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Squash Vine Borer

Squash vine borers are insects that can affect a couple of different members of the curcurbit family. They are a huge pest because a single insect can bring down an entire plant. Control of them can be difficult because timing is very important. Let’s talk about how to identify them…
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Rosette Rose Disease

Rosette Rose Disease is a serious disease that is infecting rose plants. It’s a viral disease that I’ve seen in Towns and Union counties. It can spread rapidly and kill rose plants within a couple of year of infection. Let’s talk about rosette rose disease, how to spot it, and…
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Leyland Cypress

Leyland cypress trees are a very common and popular landscaping plant. I’ve seen them planted by people all over Georgia. However, there are a couple of issues that are commonly seen in Leyland cypress trees. Let’s talk about Leyland cypress trees, what some of those issues are, and what steps…
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Pond Management

I know that not everyone here has a pond, but chances are that you know someone who does. Maybe you enjoy fishing or someone close to you does. Either way I want to talk about pond management today. There are some simple practices that people can do to manage their…
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Well Management

Most people in Georgia have well water in their homes. Here in the mountains, many people enjoy fresh mountain water as their primary drinking source. Therefore, it’s very important that people be aware of potential issues with well water and things that they can do to mitigate issues. Let’s talk…
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Drought Strategies

Temperatures in Georgia have continued to rise as the rain has held off for several weeks now. We haven’t had any appreciable rain since May 11, as of writing this article. We may have some rain early in the week the first full week of June, which is when this…
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Ticks

Ticks are very common in the wooded mountains. Let’s talk about some of the different species that are out there and the dangers that they can pose. Ticks have life cycles that last 2 to 3 years. There are many things that factor into tick population including temperature, rainfall, humidity,…
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Snakes

As the temperatures continue to rise, plants are blooming, leaves are expanding, and life is rustling in woods again. Some of the life includes snakes. I’ve already heard a few stories of encounters that people have had with snakes early this spring. Snakes are a natural part of the landscape…
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