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DALY: Grubs can menace lawns in the fall

Although grubs can ruin the appearance of your lawn, they can be brought under control. Observe the lawn for any signs of their activity and initiate control measures as soon as possible to limit the damage.

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DALY: Plant bulbs now for spring color

With a little planning and the use of proper planting methods, bulbs can be a real asset to your home landscape. Whether they are planted in small containers or large beds, they can add beauty to any garden, and if given the proper care, many types of bulbs will bloom year after year.

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DALY: Autumn is the time to divide perennials

Perennials have a variety of attractive features that will enhance the beauty of any garden. Periodically, established perennials, which by nature grow larger every year, need to be divided to help control their size and to re-vitalize them. Plant division is also a method of plant propagation, so you can have more of the plants you especially like.

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DALY: Gwinnett Extension accepting applications for Master Gardener Extension volunteer program

Interested Gwinnett residents have the opportunity to become a Gwinnett County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. The Gwinnett Extension Service is accepting applications for the program until Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 for the 2014 class.

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DALY: Mysterious webbing in trees caused by fall webworms

Fall webworms may not be attractive, but they do not harm the trees they infest. Usually the best course of action is to leave the insects alone, and they will eventually go away.

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DALY: Now the time to prevent winter weeds in lawns

While there is no way to completely prevent every weed from germinating, the application of pre-emergent herbicides combined with the appropriate cultural practices can reduce their infestation during winter.

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DALY: Recent rainfall has yielded a bumper crop of mushrooms

The recent rainfall and warm temperatures have provided a favorable environment for their growth. Most do not cause any harm, although some people are annoyed by their presence.

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DALY: Purchase healthy plants to avoid problems in the landscape

Selecting healthy, high quality plants at the nursery prior to purchasing and planting is the most important component to having attractive landscape plants. By carefully examining the plants for the previously described problems will help prevent future problems.

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DALY: Although irritating, poison ivy can be controlled

Being familiar with the appearance of poison ivy will help reduce the likelihood of exposure. It is wise to follow the old saying: “leaves of three let it be.”

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DALY: Certain fungal diseases can cause patches of dying grass on lawns

Using fungicides to control brown patch and large patch is difficult, but they do offer some level of protection. These chemicals suppress the development and spread of the disease, but they do not reverse the damage that is already visible.

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DALY: Controlling bamboo infestations takes time and patience

One of the most important components of controlling bamboo is to avoid planting it. Prevent it from becoming established and encourage your neighbors not to plant it. However, for existing infestations, controlling it may seem like an impossible task, but persistence will eventually get rid of it.

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Master Gardeners award park grant

Established in 1993, the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association is an educational non-profit adult volunteer group that participates in a wide variety of community projects. Most recently, the group awarded a $500 grant for 110 plant markers at Vines Park. Other parks that have benefited from the group’s efforts include Bethesda Park Senior Center, George Pierce, Little Mulberry, McDaniel Farm, Pinckneyville and Tribble Mill Park.

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DALY: Several unusual fruits grow well in our area

Although not as well-known as the familiar fruit trees, such as apples, pears and peaches, these unusual ones thrive in the home landscape if given the proper care. For variety and interest, consider planting some of these different fruit trees and enjoy the harvest. You will be surprised with the results.

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DALY: There are no silver bullets for controlling mosquitoes

A few simple actions can help reduce the nuisance effects of mosquitoes. While they cannot be totally eradicated from an area, their impact can be minimized.

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DALY: Use caution around storm-damaged trees

Storm damaged trees can be upsetting to the homeowner. These trees can be very dangerous, which is why only experts should remove them and not homeowners. Special care must be taken to remedy the situation safely and effectively. Using certified arborists will help improve the chances that any work performed will be done properly.