When choosing a good tree, there are several factors to consider. Make sure you select a tree that is at least a foot shorter than the ceiling in the room where it will be displayed. If the trunk is splitting, it most likely has dried to a point where it will not be able to absorb water. Look for a tree that is healthy, damage-free and well-trimmed.
A few simple steps will help you have beautiful houseplants that can brighten the indoors during wintertime. Proper care will go a long way to keeping them in optimal condition and attractive, thus bringing a touch of spring inside.
Remember, by knowing the size of landscape plants can reduce the likelihood of problems as well as create an attractive, healthy landscape.
Though these pests can be troublesome, knowing what to look for and the necessary control measures will help keep moles and voles from damaging your landscape.
Long-term control of these insects presents a challenge due to their presence in large numbers combined with an abundant source of food and cover, kudzu. Elimination of nearby kudzu patches is ultimately necessary for sustained control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Correct mowing is an important factor of lawn care. Make sure the lawn is mowed at the correct height and frequency using a sharp blade. Doing so will help ensure a healthy and attractive lawn.
Even though centipedegrass is a relatively easy grass to manage, it does need appropriate maintenance for it to be healthy and attractive. If given the necessary care, it will provide you with an attractive lawn.
If you are willing to do a little extra work in your garden, roses will produce attractive colorful blooms throughout the growing season. Their display of beauty is why roses are among the most favorite of garden plants.
Using proper cultural practices and planting disease resistant varieties will produce healthy, tasty tomatoes in the garden throughout the growing season. They are often the most prized vegetable; no garden would be complete without them.
The choice of a landscape contractor or lawn care service will depend on many aspects. You should consult with several firms before making a final decision, and do not allow the price alone to determine to influence your final choice. Remember, your home landscape is long term investment.
Crabgrass and other summer weeds can be a challenge to control. Proper timing and use of pre-emergent herbicides combined with correct cultural care helps maintain a healthy lawn. This regime will reduce the infestation of troublesome unsightly weeds during the growing season.
The best course of action is to wait until the warmer months for the planting of sod to improve the chances of it surviving and becoming established.
Leyland cypress trees can be a great addition to the landscape if properly planted and maintained. However, this tree is rapidly becoming one of the most troublesome trees in Georgia. Due to improper planting and overuse, Leylands may go the way of plants such as the red tip photinia.
Fire ants can be a real menace, but they can be brought under control by using the appropriate measures. Doing so will reduce the chances of you coming into contact with them and suffering from the painful stings they inflict.
Sinkholes in Georgia are different than those in Florida, but still require care to fix.
Sapsuckers are an interesting animal, but for all their action they don't cause many problems for the trees they spend time in.
The pros and cons of buying a pre-cut tree or cutting your own.
As suburban sprawl continues to encroach on wildlife habitats, humans and wild animals are having encounters that frequently result in property damage. Of all of the questions concerning animals the Extension office receives, the most calls come from homeowners concerned about deer eating their landscape plants.
Plants are commonly used in our homes and offices. Their presence helps keep us in touch with nature and, in a sense, “brings the outside indoor,” to enhance the aesthetics of indoor environments.
Throughout the growing season, home gardeners depend on a variety of tools to accomplish their gardening chores. During the winter months, most of these tools are not used and are put away in storage. However, prior to storing, they require some simple maintenance to keep them in good shape and to be ready to tackle projects the following spring and summer. Proper maintenance helps increase the life of garden tools and equipment, and improves the ease and efficiency of their use.
The brilliant leaf colors of the fall are one of nature’s most fascinating shows. The mountains of North Georgia and other states are popular destinations for observing spectacular displays of color. However, one does not need to go far since the trees in our area can be just as beautiful.
Tall fescue is a popular grass in our area, and is easily established through seed or sod. Being a cool season grass, it holds its green color during the winter months while warm season grasses, such as Bermuda and zoysia, go dormant and turn brown.
The Extension office has recently received numerous calls from homeowners concerned about a white powdery substance that has appeared on the leaves and flowers of some of their garden plants. What they are observing is a fungal disease called powdery mildew.
After an abundance of rainfall during this past winter and spring, the summer months have been quite dry. The dry conditions, combined with the excessive heat, have been stressful to landscape plants and turfgrass areas.
The extension office has received many calls from homeowners who are concerned about large numbers of caterpillars attacking their lawns and what they need to do to control them. The insects are armyworms and they have the ability to damage lawns quickly.
With the recent heavy thunderstorm activity in our area, lightning has struck trees on the property of many local homeowners. Afterward, they are concerned whether or not the trees will survive. The severity of the damage depends on the intensity of the lightning strike, the level of damage it causes and the overall health of the tree.
Mosquitoes are a constant menace throughout the summer and interfere with outdoor activities. They are more than just an irritating annoyance because they can spread diseases.
The extension office has recently received numerous phone calls from homeowners concerned about mysterious brown circular patches that have suddenly appeared on their lawns. The cause may be the fungal disease brown patch, which can destroy the beauty of a lawn.
Each year, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, an organization composed of plant professionals throughout the state, choose certain plants to label as “Gold Medal Winners.” The goal of the committee is “to promote the production, sale and use of superior ornamental plants.”
Frequently the Extension office receives phone calls from homeowners who are concerned about moss growing in their lawns. The presence of moss indicates the cultural conditions of the lawn are not right for the growth of healthy turfgrass. If your lawn has areas with moss, carefully evaluate the site conditions and your turf care practices.
Fire ants are one of the homeowner's worst nightmares. They inflict painful stings on anyone who comes into contact with them. Their sting can cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals.
One of the most important cultural practices for maintaining woody ornamental plants is pruning. It helps to produce attractive, well-formed plants.
Excessive amounts of shade can be a challenge for growing plants in the home landscape. Just as moisture, temperature and soil conditions are often limiting factors in plant growth, the amount of sunlight a site receives is also a factor.
The use of native plants is becoming more popular since they are better adapted to the growing conditions in our area than many plant hybrids are. Among the most beautiful and interesting ones are the native azaleas.
Crape myrtles are some of the most commonly planted flowering trees in the landscape. They provide abundant summer color with minimal maintenance.
Throughout our area, camellias are a favorite evergreen shrub. They have attractive dark green broad leaves, and they bloom prolifically during the cooler weather months.