Soil is one of the most important components of growing healthy plants, providing water and nutrients vital for the biological functions of the plants.
Knowing the ability of a plant to survive in our climate is a major factor that determines if it will thrive or suffer. A majority of the trees, shrubs, grasses and herbaceous annuals and perennials grown in our area thrive in our climate.
Many people are surprised to learn that plant diseases influenced these historical events. Today, these diseases and others are controlled by a variety of methods in developed nations, but can cause starvation in third world nations.
If you plant some of these trees or if you already have them growing in your landscape, chances are they will be around 100 years from now. They can last for many generations.
Gwinnett Extension agent Tim Daly answers your questions on a variety of topics.
Insects provide us with a valuable service by pollinating. If you would like to learn more about them, Gwinnett County Extension is offering a class on butterflies and pollinators that will be held on Tuesday, July 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the second-floor conference room of the Gwinnett County Government Annex Building located at 750 South Perry St..
Although pests attack our vegetable gardens, control measures can be utilized to reduce or prevent their infestation. Continually be on the lookout for pests and then apply measures for control.
Chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon have botanical origins. They were discovered by the Europeans centuries ago in exploring and colonizing parts of Asia and the Americas. Production of these spices is important to the economies of many areas of the world.
Gwinnett Extension Agent Tim Daly answers your questions.
Hemlock wooly adelgids are a significant threat to the hemlock trees and their environment. Research is being conducted on new control methods and ways to limit the spread of the insect.
A common challenge many homeowners face is sections in their landscapes that stay continuously wet. The excessive rainfall of the past few months has contributed to the problem. Many plants commonly planted in the home landscape are unable to tolerate soil that stays wet constantly.
Most people enjoy having trees in their landscape. Trees have aesthetic qualities and provide shade that is cooling on hot summer days.
May is a great time to plant seeds for your vegetable garden since the ground is sufficiently warm to allow for proper germination.
You do not have to have all of your home landscapes in turfgrass. Though attractive, lawns tend to be high maintenance. Reducing the size of the lawn by constructing some beds of ornamental plants is beneficial.
Pumpkins are an interesting vegetable to grow. Watching the vines grow and the fruits increase in size over time is quite enjoyable, especially for children.
Although not well adapted to our area, coastal Georgia and the southern part of the state have ample amounts of Spanish moss that beautify the landscape.
Though the spring flowering bulbs are more familiar, the summer flowering bulbs are just as attractive. If planted properly and given the appropriate growing conditions, they will provide color and interest to the home landscape throughout the summer.
Consider planting some of these Gold Medal Plants in your home landscape. They are attractive and once established are easy to maintain.
Although most of us consider tea plants as a source for a beverage, they make excellent ornamental plants in the landscape. They do well in our climate and should be used more often.
The choice of a landscape contractor or lawn care service will depend on many factors. You should consult with several firms to make sure all bases are covered and you are receiving a fair deal before making a final decision.
The excessive use of the Bradford Pear has taught us a valuable lesson. Growing and observing them in a variety of environmental conditions has helped us to understand the obvious disadvantages of a tree that at first leaves an impression of beauty.
If you would like to have a fruiting plant that is easy to grow, requires minimal care and produces delicious fruit, consider planting some fig trees.
Several simple tasks need to be taken to ensure that the grass will be healthy and attractive throughout the season.
Proper pruning at the appropriate time will improve the overall shape of the rose bushes, and promote new and healthier growth. It will ensure abundant, attractive roses for a long time to come.
Garden wastes need not end up in landfills or water bodies. They can be recycled and put to good use in your garden.
Making the effort to properly prune fruit trees will allow for them to stay healthy and be productive.
Consider planting some of these interesting and attractive native plants in your home landscape. They blend well into shadier parts of your landscape and natural areas.
Reduce the likelihood of insects getting into your home. Seal any cracks or crevices as well as gaps between pipes and wires going into your home
Though they can be challenging, apple trees can definitely be grown in the home landscape. If given proper maintenance, they will bear fruit.
Although frequently overlooked by homeowners, ferns are a valuable asset. Once established, they require minimal maintenance and add interest to the garden. Consider adding some ferns to your home landscape and enjoy their beauty.
Propagating plants is an easy way to obtain more plants to use to beautify your home landscape. If you have a plant you desire more of or if someone else has plant material you would like, consider snipping off some cuttings and trying to root them.
Do you have trees and shrubs in your landscape that you feel would be more attractive in another place? Are you considering moving them? Transplanting established plant material is a low-cost way of changing the appearance of your home landscape.
Home and Garden columnist Tim Daly answeres questions about various concerns of the season.
By selecting plants that are suited to the site where they will be planted, many troubles can be avoided. The plants will be healthier, more attractive, fit their site better, be easier to maintain, and be less prone to insect and disease problems.
Although many homes have gas fireplaces, wood is used in others. When getting wood for it, you should only use local sources.
With the holiday season upon us, many of us are planning our holiday dinners with family and friends. Turkey, dressing, casseroles are among everyone’s favorite. One of the most popular holiday dishes is cranberry sauce with its sweet-sour taste.
An infestation of rats or mice can be disturbing to the homeowner. However, employing a combination of preventative measures and using the proper controls will help bring the problem under control.
Frequently the Extension office receives pictures of plants from residents sent by email or sometimes the plant is physically brought into the office for identification. Some are familiar and can be easily identified, while others are a challenge. Certain plants can be of different species but have similar appearances. The naming of plants is difficult, but all have some common characteristics.
With some patience and perseverance, you can have a crop of pecans most years.
As our county becomes more urbanized, deer and human interest will continue to be in conflict. While nothing will eliminate their presence, several tactics can be used to reduce their detrimental impact on the home landscape
The state of Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states. Close to 3,000 species of plants are native to Georgia, ranging from small wildflowers to large trees. These plants have many advantages over non-native species and tend to be more resistant to environmental extremes and pests.
Bermudagrass is a warm-season grass, as are zoysiagrass, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass. They thrive during the growing season but turn brown and go dormant until the next spring.
Many vegetables are tolerant of colder temperatures, and the early months of autumn are the best time for planting. Cabbage, collards, radishes and turnips are some of the most popular ones planted. Fall is also a good time to plant onions, garlic and related plants.
Many homeowners are being troubled by stinging insects. Frequently, they will come upon their nest unknowingly and are attacked by the insects. Late summer and fall is the time of the year that these insects, which can inflict a painful sting, are most prevalent
Many residents are observing a web-like material that has appeared in their trees and are concerned as to whether it will harm them. The cause is the fall webworm, a caterpillar that is quite common in the late summer and fall.
Certain plants are troublesome in the home landscape and should be avoided. You should select plants with similar characteristics that perform better and are easier to maintain.
Recently, many homeowners have noticed caterpillars feasting on their lawns. These insects are armyworms, and in some cases they can damage lawns rapidly.
While there is no way to prevent every weed from germinating, the application of pre-emergent herbicides combined with the appropriate cultural practices can reduce their infestation during the winter.
Pine trees become more vulnerable to these insects as a result of the lack of rainfall and damage from construction activity.
Even though the weather will be turning colder in the next few months, several vegetables grow well under such conditions. Consider planting some and reaping the harvest.