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ATHENS — Carpenter bees are a common sight this time of year and can cause aggravation for homeowners. The large, black and yellow bees begin emerging in March, April and May and can cause unsightly damage — and in some cases significant damage — to wooden structures like the eaves of houses…

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Do you enjoy working with people? Are you interested in conducting outreach programs for the public on horticultural and environmental topics? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, which is offered through the University of Georgia Extension.

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Warm, sunny days are the perfect setting for making family memories, but they're also ideal opportunities to encourage kids to get creative and let their imaginations soar.

A budget is one of the most important financial tools in your arsenal, but budgeting isn’t one size fits all. In order to be successful, your budget should reflect your income and spending, but also your desires and need to live a balanced life.

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As we move into the warmer weather months, insects, diseases, and other problems will appear in our home landscapes. To minimize these issues, carefully examine all lawn and garden areas to see what the troubles are present. Doing so will help you detect problems early. A trowel, a white ind…

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(Family Features) Spring cleaning isn’t just about purging dirt and grime. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take inventory of items around your home. As you tackle this season’s cleaning, look for ways to improve your overall living space, from getting rid of things you no longer need to…

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Spring is the time to begin planting the home vegetable garden after the danger of frost has passed around April 15 in our area. Many types of vegetables thrive in our area. A home vegetable garden can produce an abundant harvest if it is planted and maintained correctly.

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National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait.

ATHENS -- For some residents, a pristinely manicured lawn free of weeds and undisturbed by insects is the ultimate goal. However, a new program from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension encourages creating a more natural landscape that reduces chemical use and incorporates native plants to promote biodiversity and protect the environment.

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It appears that the last of the severe cold weather is behind us. Although we can expect the possibility of another freeze or two, warmer temperatures of spring are upon us.

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Many homeowners strive to have an attractive, well-maintained landscape to beautify their property and enhances its value. However, many lack time to spend on maintaining it.

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This week, millions in Texas are reeling from a historic cold front that has left damage across the state. Beyond the widespread rolling power outages, many residents are also experiencing flooding emergencies due to freezing pipes.

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Orchids are some of the most attractive and colorful flowers that come in many shapes and sizes. Growing them at home is somewhat tricky, but they will reward you with their beauty if given the proper conditions.

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One of the most popular and familiar trees is the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). The south is famous for these trees and their beauty, with their large white flowers and thick evergreen waxy leaves.

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Muscadines are indeed a fruit of the south. They are native to Georgia and thrive in our area. The plants are closely related to grapes but are more tolerant of our climate. Caring for them is relatively easy, and they have minimal pest issues. One crucial component is pruning them correctly…

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Though we are in the dead of winter, spring will be upon us in the next few months, with many plants coming into bloom. Our landscapes look bare and uninteresting; however, several plants produce colorful flowers during the winter months adding color to the landscape.

With the new year, gardeners are always awaiting what's new in plants. Seed and plant catalogs begin arriving in the mail. For many, it heralds anticipation to spring. The National Garden Bureau shares some information from All-America Selections to announce four new and exciting AAS (All-Am…

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The cold weather months are an excellent time to install trees, shrubs, and perennials. The plants’ top parts grow very little, but the roots continue to expand, allowing the plants to become established.

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As we conclude this most challenging year of 2020, we look hopeful that it will be better the following year. Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions for 2021, which should include our home landscapes. Though we are in the dead of winter, many possibilities exist to improve the quality …

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Since most of the leaves have fallen off deciduous trees, mistletoe infestations are now visible. The plant is sometimes used in Christmas decorations. An old Christmas custom exists when two people who meet under a hanging piece of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. It began centuries ago in Sc…

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Many people are having issues with troublesome insect pests invading their homes. The cold weather drives these pests indoors to seek warmth, food and water. Ants, roaches, spiders, silverfish, termites, and others, are making your home their home.

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For the home gardener, the internet provides a multitude of information. However, not everything you see on it is true. Many popular myths exist about growing and maintaining your lawns and garden plants. Trying to determine what is true and what is not can be challenging.

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At the UGA Extension Gwinnett office, we are now planning for next year. We look at what we did last year, assess our residents’ needs, and plan accordingly. Everyone needs a time of evaluation and planning for the future.

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Autumn is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Though the top parts will grow little during the cold weather months, the roots will continue to spread. Thus by next summer, the plants will be better established and have more resistance to heat and dry conditions.

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Fall is an excellent time to enhance your landscape by planting perennials plants, which come back every year. By planting in autumn, the root systems will continue to grow and develop during the winter and become better established to withstand the hot summer weather the following year.

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In the last few years, local municipalities have changed how they handle garbage because of the great expense of taking garbage and the large volume of trash we generate. We are also seeing efforts to reduce waste by recycling, reducing what we use, and reusing what we have.

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We are now in autumn with the summer’s heat behind us and the cold winter days right around the corner. The summer flowers, such as begonias, impatiens, marigolds, and vinca, are still blooming.

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A month ago, a derecho, an extensive line of thunderstorms with straight-line winds, caused extensive damage in Iowa. The storm had over 100 mph wind speeds, causing extensive damage to crops, buildings, and trees. Several videos show the high winds blowing over trees. The city of Cedar Rapi…

Many homeowners have observed an increased number of mushrooms appearing in their lawns and gardens. 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. Many facts an…

I have a good size plot in a local community garden. In it, I had an excellent crop of corn, developing, and ready for harvesting. However, I was only able to pick a few ears of corn because the dear feasted on the rest. The Extension office has received multiple calls from residents concern…

As a youngster, I learned that math applies to just about everything, from engineering to cooking. It also applies to your home lawn and garden, which vary from spacing plants to calculating fertilizer and pesticide applications. Necessary math calculations are an essential part of successfu…

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ATHENS — Carpenter bees are a common sight this time of year and can cause aggravation for homeowners. The large, black and yellow bees begin emerging in March, April and May and can cause unsightly damage — and in some cases significant damage — to wooden structures like the eaves of houses…

featuredurgent
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Do you enjoy working with people? Are you interested in conducting outreach programs for the public on horticultural and environmental topics? If so, you may be interested in applying for the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, which is offered through the University of Georgia Extension.

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Warm, sunny days are the perfect setting for making family memories, but they're also ideal opportunities to encourage kids to get creative and let their imaginations soar.

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A budget is one of the most important financial tools in your arsenal, but budgeting isn’t one size fits all. In order to be successful, your budget should reflect your income and spending, but also your desires and need to live a balanced life.

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As we move into the warmer weather months, insects, diseases, and other problems will appear in our home landscapes. To minimize these issues, carefully examine all lawn and garden areas to see what the troubles are present. Doing so will help you detect problems early. A trowel, a white ind…

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(Family Features) Spring cleaning isn’t just about purging dirt and grime. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take inventory of items around your home. As you tackle this season’s cleaning, look for ways to improve your overall living space, from getting rid of things you no longer need to…

featuredurgent
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Spring is the time to begin planting the home vegetable garden after the danger of frost has passed around April 15 in our area. Many types of vegetables thrive in our area. A home vegetable garden can produce an abundant harvest if it is planted and maintained correctly.

featured
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National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait.

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Seating areas in a garden serve many purposes. They can be focal points, decorative objects, or places where people are meant to stop and take in the sites of your garden. Gardeners rarely stop to relax and take in their handywork, seldom stopping to reflect on what they have accomplished. B…

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ATHENS -- For some residents, a pristinely manicured lawn free of weeds and undisturbed by insects is the ultimate goal. However, a new program from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension encourages creating a more natural landscape that reduces chemical use and incorporates native plants to promote biodiversity and protect the environment.

featuredurgent
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It appears that the last of the severe cold weather is behind us. Although we can expect the possibility of another freeze or two, warmer temperatures of spring are upon us.

featuredurgent
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Many homeowners strive to have an attractive, well-maintained landscape to beautify their property and enhances its value. However, many lack time to spend on maintaining it.

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This week, millions in Texas are reeling from a historic cold front that has left damage across the state. Beyond the widespread rolling power outages, many residents are also experiencing flooding emergencies due to freezing pipes.

featuredurgent
  • 0

Orchids are some of the most attractive and colorful flowers that come in many shapes and sizes. Growing them at home is somewhat tricky, but they will reward you with their beauty if given the proper conditions.

featuredurgent
  • 0

One of the most popular and familiar trees is the Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). The south is famous for these trees and their beauty, with their large white flowers and thick evergreen waxy leaves.

featuredurgent
  • 0

Muscadines are indeed a fruit of the south. They are native to Georgia and thrive in our area. The plants are closely related to grapes but are more tolerant of our climate. Caring for them is relatively easy, and they have minimal pest issues. One crucial component is pruning them correctly…

featuredurgent
  • 0

Though we are in the dead of winter, spring will be upon us in the next few months, with many plants coming into bloom. Our landscapes look bare and uninteresting; however, several plants produce colorful flowers during the winter months adding color to the landscape.

  • 0

With the new year, gardeners are always awaiting what's new in plants. Seed and plant catalogs begin arriving in the mail. For many, it heralds anticipation to spring. The National Garden Bureau shares some information from All-America Selections to announce four new and exciting AAS (All-Am…

featured
  • 0

The cold weather months are an excellent time to install trees, shrubs, and perennials. The plants’ top parts grow very little, but the roots continue to expand, allowing the plants to become established.

featured
  • 0

As we conclude this most challenging year of 2020, we look hopeful that it will be better the following year. Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions for 2021, which should include our home landscapes. Though we are in the dead of winter, many possibilities exist to improve the quality …

featured
  • 0

Since most of the leaves have fallen off deciduous trees, mistletoe infestations are now visible. The plant is sometimes used in Christmas decorations. An old Christmas custom exists when two people who meet under a hanging piece of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. It began centuries ago in Sc…

featured
  • 0

Many people are having issues with troublesome insect pests invading their homes. The cold weather drives these pests indoors to seek warmth, food and water. Ants, roaches, spiders, silverfish, termites, and others, are making your home their home.

featured
  • 0

For the home gardener, the internet provides a multitude of information. However, not everything you see on it is true. Many popular myths exist about growing and maintaining your lawns and garden plants. Trying to determine what is true and what is not can be challenging.

featured
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The article last week titled ‘Holiday Plants are Attractive Indoor Features’” discussed some of the attractive plants used for the holidays and their care. Many other indoor plants thrive and provide beauty and interest to both inside and outside.

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As we move into the colder weather months of the year, now is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Though the growth rate of the top parts of the plants slows, the roots continue to grow, which helps the plant become better established.

featured
  • 0

At the UGA Extension Gwinnett office, we are now planning for next year. We look at what we did last year, assess our residents’ needs, and plan accordingly. Everyone needs a time of evaluation and planning for the future.

featured
  • 0

Autumn is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Though the top parts will grow little during the cold weather months, the roots will continue to spread. Thus by next summer, the plants will be better established and have more resistance to heat and dry conditions.

featured
  • 0

Fall is an excellent time to enhance your landscape by planting perennials plants, which come back every year. By planting in autumn, the root systems will continue to grow and develop during the winter and become better established to withstand the hot summer weather the following year.

featured
  • 0

In the last few years, local municipalities have changed how they handle garbage because of the great expense of taking garbage and the large volume of trash we generate. We are also seeing efforts to reduce waste by recycling, reducing what we use, and reusing what we have.

featured
  • 0

We are now in autumn with the summer’s heat behind us and the cold winter days right around the corner. The summer flowers, such as begonias, impatiens, marigolds, and vinca, are still blooming.


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