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Timothy Daly

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GARDENING IN GWINNETT: Time to control crabgrass, other weeds

One of the most important lawn care tasks in early spring is the application of pre-emergent herbicides (weed killers) to prevent weed seeds from germinating. They are commonly used for controlling summer annual grasses, such as crabgrass, goosegrass, and other lawn weeds. The pre-emergents will not control established emerged weeds.

DALY: Blueberries are carefree and fun to grow

Blueberries are one of the few fruit crops in production today that are native to Georgia. They are easy to grow, require minimal maintenance and are relatively free of any major pests.

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GARDENING IN GWINNETT: Preventing cold damage to landscape plants

In winter, many homeowners become concerned about the potential damage of the cold weather on their landscape plants. However, most of the woody ornamental trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines and herbaceous perennials sold at local nurseries are capable of surviving very cold temperatures.

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HOME&GARDEN: Preventing cold damage to landscape plants

In winter, many homeowners become concerned about the potential damage of the cold weather on their landscape plants. However, most of the woody ornamental trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines and herbaceous perennials sold at local nurseries are capable of surviving very cold temperatures.

GARDENING IN GWINNETT: How to attract birds to your backyard garden

People travel thousands of miles to search for rare and elusive bird species inhabiting the frigid tundra in Alaska or the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica. However, one does not need to travel long distances in order to observe diverse species of birds as their backyard garden can potentially attract a multitude of bird species.

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HOME & GARDEN: Argentine ants are a common household pest

Recently the extension offices has fielded numerous calls from residents who have observed large numbers of small ants invading their homes. These insects are Argentine ants, which are a common household pest in our area.

Moles, voles are common pests in landscape

Recently the Extension office has received calls from homeowners who have observed the appearance of tunnels in the soil and small holes in the ground. Often they are caused by the actions of small animals called moles and voles.

Fall is the best time to renovate fescue lawns

Tall fescue is a popular grass in our area, and is easily established through seed or sod. This grass holds its green color during the winter months while warm season grasses, like Bermuda and zoysia, go dormant and turn brown.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Fall is the best time to renovate fescue lawns

Tall fescue is a popular grass in our area, and is easily established through seed or sod. This grass holds its green color during the winter months while warm season grasses, like Bermuda and zoysia, go dormant and turn brown.

Fall is time to split perennials

Perennials are among the best type of plants to grow in the garden. Unlike annuals, they come back every year, are easy to establish and have lower maintenance requirements.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Fall is time to split perennials

Perennials are among the best type of plants to grow in the garden. Unlike annuals, they come back every year, are easy to establish and have lower maintenance requirements.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Assessing flood damage to landscape

The recent record rainfall and the resulting floods have potentially harmed plants in the home landscape. Trees, shrubs and turfgrass areas have been in soils saturated with water and many have been under water, in some cases for days, which may cause serious damage.

Assessing flood damage to landscape

The recent record rainfall and the resulting floods have potentially harmed plants in the home landscape. Trees, shrubs and turfgrass areas have been in soils saturated with water and many have been under water, in some cases for days, which may cause serious damage.

Early fall is time to prevent winter weeds

During the winter months, numerous weeds infest lawns and can be just as bad as the warm weather lawn weeds. The early fall is the time to take pre-emptive action to control these weeds.

Lady beetles invade indoors with onset of cooler weather

Lady beetles are well known for their ability to control pestiferous insects such as aphids and mealybugs that plague many types of plants. However, while beneficial, one species, the multi-colored Asian lady beetle, commonly invades homes and other structures with the onset of cooler temperatures during the fall, and can be a real nuisance to the occupants.

A new crop of Master Gardeners

The Gwinnett Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a training program offered through Gwinnett Cooperative Extension office. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in horticulture and related areas. These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services to help others through horticultural projects that benefit the community.

Kudzu, though aggressive, can be brought under control

One of the most visible and well-known invasive plants in our area is kudzu. It aggressively grows and can cover just about everything in its path, including large trees and abandoned structures.

Mulch top application for gardens

One of the best cultural practices in the landscape is the application of mulch around plant material. Mulch has numerous benefits: It enhances the appearance of the landscape and reduces the evaporation of water from the soil, which prevents fluctuations in soil moisture levels.

Check growing conditions before picking plants

Fall is coming, and it is one of the best times of the year to plant trees and shrubs. During the colder weather, the above-ground parts of the plants are not growing much, but the roots continue to grow and help the plant to become established. It will better handle the intense heat and dry conditions of the following summer.

Groundcovers good choice where grass can't grow

Groundcovers are plants that grow low to the ground and can quickly spread to form dense plantings. In addition to being attractive, they grow on sites where other plant material is difficult to get established, like turf grasses. Groundcovers help bring unity to the landscape by providing masses of attractive foliage and help bring out contrast in the foliage, form, color and texture of other plants in the landscape.

Controlling, minimizing the impact of fire ants

Fire ants can present a real problem for home owners. Almost every yard in our area has fire ants. Although they do not cause damage to the turf or other plant material, they can inflict painful stings.

Tips for finding a reliable landscape contractor

Even in the down economy, many homeowners will want to hire landscape contractors and lawn care services to improve the appearances of their home landscape. However, with so many contractors available, the choice can be difficult.

Brown patches on lawns result of fungal diseases

Many homeowners have observed brown circular patches on their lawns. The cause is often a fungal disease called brown patch (or large patch on warm season turf), and it can quickly destroy the beauty of a lawn. All types of turf grasses are affected by this disease.

When outdoors, take precautions to prevent tick bites

One potential problem with outdoor activities is ticks. Ticks are not actually bugs. They are arachnids, like spiders, scorpions and mites. Notice that they have eight legs. There are many different types of ticks.

Certified arborists can help determine health of tree

One of the most frequent calls we receive at the Gwinnett Extension office is from residents concerned about the conditions of trees in their yards. With news reports of trees falling over and causing damage to property and injuries and even deaths, homeowners are worried about whether the trees on their properties are at risk. In our area trees of all types have been under high stress levels as a result of the drought, construction activities and insects and disease problems.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Pruning important to keeping roses blooming

Roses need periodic pruning in order to keep them attractive and healthy. They respond to pruning and grooming (removal of old flowers) by producing larger, more attractive flowers.

Pruning important to keeping roses blooming

Roses need periodic pruning in order to keep them attractive and healthy. They respond to pruning and grooming (removal of old flowers) by producing larger, more attractive flowers.

Winter months are best time to have soil tested

Though the weather has been very cold lately, here, in the middle of winter, spring is around the corner, and many of us will be planting our yards with an assortment of plants. One of the most important needs of plants is good soil in which they grow. A soil test from the University of Georgia is the most accurate and effective way to assess the nutrient status and the relative acidity (pH) of your soil. Applying fertilizer without a test can lead to applying too much or too little lime and fertilizer needed for optimum plant growth.

Crape myrtles are excellent landscape plants, need proper pruning

One of the most beautiful ornamental plants in the landscape is the crape myrtle. During summer months these plants bloom profusely while needing minimum maintenance.

Gardening in Gwinnett: No need for concern for azaleas with yellow leaves

Recently, the extension office has had several calls from homeowners concerned the leaves on their azaleas are turning yellow. Often the older leaves turn yellow while the younger leaves remain green; however, sometimes many of leaves are turning yellow and orange. Normally, the older leaves turn yellow and die and are replaced by younger, green leaves. If most of the leaves are yellow, then a problem exists.

No need for concern for azaleas with yellow leaves

Recently, the extension office has had several calls from homeowners concerned the leaves on their azaleas are turning yellow. Often the older leaves turn yellow while the younger leaves remain green; however, sometimes many of leaves are turning yellow and orange. Normally, the older leaves turn yellow and die and are replaced by younger, green leaves. If most of the leaves are yellow, then a problem exists.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Mistletoe can be potentially harmful to trees

Since the most of the leaves have fallen off of the deciduous trees for winter, growths of the mistletoe plant are quite visible in trees, such as oak, Bradford pear, birch, walnut and zelkova, amongst others, throughout the area.

Mistletoe can be potentially harmful to trees

Since the most of the leaves have fallen off of the deciduous trees for winter, growths of the mistletoe plant are quite visible in trees, such as oak, Bradford pear, birch, walnut and zelkova, amongst others, throughout the area.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Garden tools need special care while put away for the winter

With the cold weather months upon us, the work in the home garden slows down. However, we must not forget to take care of the tools we use to work on and maintain our lawns and gardens.

Garden tools need special care while put away for the winter

With the cold weather months upon us, the work in the home garden slows down. However, we must not forget to take care of the tools we use to work on and maintain our lawns and gardens.

Houseplants require special care during the cold months

Indoor plants are widely used in homes and commercial buildings. They help keep us in touch with nature and, in a sense, "bring the outside indoors." With the cold weather months upon us now, houseplants that have been outside should have already been brought inside since most houseplants are tropical plants, and most are unable to tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees. The goal in overwintering is not to necessarily grow fancy beautiful houseplants during this time of the year but to maintain the overall health and vigor of the plants.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Houseplants require special care during the cold months

Indoor plants are widely used in homes and commercial buildings. They help keep us in touch with nature and, in a sense, "bring the outside indoors." With the cold weather months upon us now, houseplants that have been outside should have already been brought inside since most houseplants are tropical plants, and most are unable to tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees. The goal in overwintering is not to necessarily grow fancy beautiful houseplants during this time of the year but to maintain the overall health and vigor of the plants.

How to choose, care for live Christmas trees

The Christmas holiday season is upon us, and many people will be out looking for a Christmas tree for their home. The trees are available at a variety of sources, and can be purchased as either pre-cut or at cut-your-own tree farms. Choosing a Christmas tree is a matter of taste, but here are some guidelines to follow.

Gardening in Gwinnett: How to choose, care for live Christmas trees

The Christmas holiday season is upon us, and many people will be out looking for a Christmas tree for their home. The trees are available at a variety of sources, and can be purchased as either pre-cut or at cut-your-own tree farms. Choosing a Christmas tree is a matter of taste, but here are some guidelines to follow.

Holiday plants brighten up the home

As we enter the holiday season, several ornamental houseplants are purchased for home and office. Among the most popular are Christmas cacti and the poinsettias. These can be excellent plants if properly cared for.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Holiday plants brighten up the home

As we enter the holiday season, several ornamental houseplants are purchased for home and office. Among the most popular are Christmas cacti and the poinsettias. These can be excellent plants if properly cared for.

Hollies are tough and attractive plants for the home landscape

Georgia is blessed with a climate that allows a broad range of ornamentals in the landscape. Perhaps no landscape plant is more durable or comes in as many shapes and sizes as the holly.

Plant bulbs now for spring color

Every spring, beautiful flowering bulbs emerge from the ground to brighten the landscape. People see the beauty of these flowers and want to grow them in their own yards. A wide variety of bulbs grow well in Georgia. Most are grown for their flowers and some for their foliage. They are grown as pot plants, in shrub borders, naturalistic plantings and in mass displays. The best time to plant the bulbs is in the fall. Spring and early summer flowering bulbs must be planted in the fall to develop a strong root system and satisfy the cold requirements. In Georgia, spring-flowering bulbs can be planted from October through late December in most areas.

Pansies excellent cold weather plants

As the weather begins to cool down, the summer annual flowers will start to fade and will eventually have to be removed since they are not tolerant of freezing weather. The summer flowering plants will be replaced by pansies, a type of violet that has remarkable durability in the winter landscapes and can survive low temperatures and prolonged cold spells. They bounce back rather quickly when the warmer temperatures return and reach their peak flowering in early spring. Often, flower bulbs are planted in and amongst them to enhance their beauty.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Pansies excellent cold weather plants

As the weather begins to cool down, the summer annual flowers will start to fade and will eventually have to be removed since they are not tolerant of freezing weather. The summer flowering plants will be replaced by pansies, a type of violet that has remarkable durability in the winter landscapes and can survive low temperatures and prolonged cold spells. They bounce back rather quickly when the warmer temperatures return and reach their peak flowering in early spring. Often, flower bulbs are planted in and amongst them to enhance their beauty.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Fall is an excellent time for new plantings

As the weather grows cooler during the fall months, most of the plants outside will begin going dormant. The leaves of deciduous trees begin turning colors and falling. But fall is an excellent time of the year to install new plant material. So many of us like to install these types of plants in the spring when their leaves are bursting out and many go into bloom. Spring planting is alright, but fall is a better time to do so.

Fall is an excellent time for new plantings

As the weather grows cooler during the fall months, most of the plants outside will begin going dormant. The leaves of deciduous trees begin turning colors and falling. But fall is an excellent time of the year to install new plant material. So many of us like to install these types of plants in the spring when their leaves are bursting out and many go into bloom. Spring planting is alright, but fall is a better time to do so.

Fall the best time for fescue lawns

Tall fescue is one of the most popular grasses in metro North Georgia, and is easy to establish through seed or sod. Its green color during the cold weather months, when warm-season turfgrasses are dormant and brown, makes it appealing to the home landscape. Tall fescue is a perennial bunch-type grass that grows rapidly during spring and fall. It can grow in a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers fertile, well-drained soils with a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. It often needs supplemental watering to remain attractive during the summer.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Fall the best time for fescue lawns

Tall fescue is one of the most popular grasses in metro North Georgia, and is easy to establish through seed or sod. Its green color during the cold weather months, when warm-season turfgrasses are dormant and brown, makes it appealing to the home landscape. Tall fescue is a perennial bunch-type grass that grows rapidly during spring and fall. It can grow in a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers fertile, well-drained soils with a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. It often needs supplemental watering to remain attractive during the summer.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Strange webbing in trees the result of the fall webworm

The Extension office has received numerous calls from residents concerning a strange webbing that has appeared on many trees in the area. The cause is the fall webworm, a common insect pest of trees in Gwinnett County during the early fall. The insect attacks a multitude of plants, including many fruit, nut and ornamental trees and shrubs. In some cases the webs can be so numerous they weigh down branches and cause them to break. Infestations are unsightly but rarely fatal.