Native Plant Walk

North Georgia Master Gardeners



Thursday, October 19, 2017. 2:00 pm. Morganton, GA

If you plan to attend, please contact the Fannin County Extension office to reserve your space & get directions at 706-632-3061.

Comfortable walking shoes are needed. Please carpool if possible.

Eddie’s Corner: Tree Topping

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Tree toppingHave you noticed? They’re everywhere; trees disfigured and dying from years of abuse. Specifically, I’m referring to the misguided practice of tree topping, also known as pollarding, stubbing, dehorning, heading and several other terms.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Mosquito Concerns

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Mosquito 1School is back in session and it may seem like summer is coming to a close, but peak mosquito season is just starting. Mosquito larvae need standing water to complete their life cycle and because of the rains this summer, they’ve found items outside holding water, then factor in our warm weather and they’re going to flourish which is bad news for families that want to spend time outside after school and work. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Webbing in Trees may be home to Caterpillars called Fall Webworms

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Fall webwormsI know it’s hard to believe but yes, the days are actually getting shorter and shorter and thus I’m already getting a lot of calls about the appearance of webbing in trees around the county. This webbing is home to a caterpillar called the fall webworm. They use the silk webbing to form protection from predators as it feeds on leaves of over 100 different types of trees. Some of the most common trees we see them infest are cherry, black walnut, mulberry, elm, sweet gum, willow, apple, ash, and oak. It is a native insect that ranges from Canada to Mexico. The signs of fall webworms in a tree are relatively easy to spot. They will create a nest at the end of branches and as they need more leaves, they expand the size of the nest to meet their needs.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: What is causing the Dead Branches on my Trees?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

FireblightI have been getting a lot of calls and samples brought into the office of trees that are dying at the tips. Most of these are related to apples and pears. The cause of this death is a disease called Fireblight. The disease affects plants in the Rosaceae family. The plants affected include Amelanchier (serviceberry), Chaenomeles (flowering quince), Cotoneaster (cotoneaster), Crataegus (hawthorn), Eriobotrya (loquat), Malus (apple and crabapple), Photinia (photinia), Prunus (flowering almond, plum and cherry), Pyracantha (pyracantha), Pyrus (pear), Rosa (rose), and Spirea (spirea).  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Yellow Leaves on Your Plants (Part 2 of 2)

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Yellow Leaves 2In last week’s article I listed the top 10 reasons for yellow leaves on your plants (under watering and overwatering, which top the list, lighting, temperature, soil condition, nutrients or lack thereof, pests, disease, transplant shock, and age) and pointed out that it may take weeks or even months for your plant to recover from whatever is causing the yellow leaves and return to normal growth. The reality is that if you can’t provide the proper environmental conditions for your particular plant’s needs then it can’t thrive. Last week I discussed four reasons why plant leaves turn yellow and this week’s article is about the remaining six reasons plants have yellow leaves. Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Yellow Leaves on Your Plants (Part 1 of 2)

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Yellow Leaves 1Just as we communicate through facial expressions and the spoken and written word, plants communicate as well. It is important for gardeners to understand the language of their plants. This is true for treasured indoor houseplants and plants in the landscape. When leaves start turning yellow that is a plant’s way of telling you that it needs your attention. The top 10 reasons for yellow leaves are under watering and overwatering (which top the list), lighting, temperature, soil condition, nutrients or lack thereof, insect pests, disease, transplant shock, and age.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Pesticides – Use of Pesticides, Storing Them and Disposing Them

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Pesticides 2Gardening and commercial production is in full swing and that means that it’s time to battle bugs, weeds, and diseases. If you are like many other people, you use pesticides but you often get in a hurry and may not properly store them. Before someone gets hurt or sick, or the chemical does not do the job that you want it to do, consider the following points.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Alien Leaves…Leaf Galls on Trees

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

Leaf Gall 2Several unusual leaf samples have been delivered to the office this spring. At first glance it looks like a possible invasion by a new alien plant or disease, but in reality it’s just a leaf gall, the result of an insect. Most galls develop during the spring and early summer each year. Very unusual shapes and colors of newly formed galls often get someone’s attention if they have never seen one before. The leaves have something that look like bumps or horns or tubes sticking out of them. Even though you may see odd or strange leaf colors as well, they are still productive and will stay on the plant for a long time.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Controlling Snakes in the Landscape

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent

SnakeThere are not too many animals in the world that get such an emotional response than finding a snake in the woods or around the house. People have been attracted and repulsed by snakes ever since the dawn of time. Snakes are a part of the landscape, especially in the ridge tops and hollows of North Georgia. Without them we would have greater problems with an overpopulation of rodents and other pests.  Continue reading