Monthly Archives: March 2015

Eddie’s Corner: Vegetables to Garden Organically

By  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 26, 2015

VegetablesWith the interest in reducing pesticides in our gardens comes the question, “what can I do to control garden pest problems without pesticides?”  Most often, it is easier to prevent problems than cure them which is something the prospective organic gardener or low-input gardener needs to learn.  I’ve listed a few tips here to help you get a jump on garden pests.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Proper Use of Herbicides

By  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 14, 2015

GrassA fellow County Extension Agent, Paul Pugliese, and I were talking the other day about using herbicides in the yard and how a herbicide designed to kill weeds in turf grass can also kill neighboring trees and shrubs so today’s article is about the proper use of herbicides.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Problems With Leyland Cypress

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 9, 2015

trees-leyland-cypressLeyland cypress is a popular, fast growing hedge or border tree reaching heights of 50 to 100 feet and widths of 20 to 30 feet. Though Leyland cypress originally appeared pest resistant, problems have recently become apparent. Over use of this plant, improper site selection, improper planting, and stressful weather conditions have led to two disease problems.  They are cankers and root rot.  Continue reading

Eddies’s Corner: 2015 Georgia Gold Medal Plants

By Eddie Ayers, Extension Agent, March 3, 2105

downloadGeorgia Gold Medal PlantsThere are times I look out my window and wonder what I am going to do with my landscaping. It is always a challenge to keep it looking interesting and exciting.  Sometimes being creative with selecting new plants is hard.  How is the plant going to look after a growing season?  Is the plant able to hold up during the winter?  Will it root well with my soil conditions?  All of these questions can be overwhelming when deciding on experimenting with new plants or deciding to bring back some old favorites that might have been forgotten about but work well in Georgia’s climates.  Continue reading

Don’t Curse The Clay

By Jim Yacavone, Master Gardener

dry-land-958452-sSome old time gardeners and many newcomers to this area complain about the clay soil here in North Georgia. What they don’t know is that with a little work clay soil can make some of the best gardening soil there is. To explain that we need to delve into soil science for a moment.  Continue reading

Eddies Corner: 2015 Weather Predictions

By  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 1, 2015

Weather MapAs you are reading this, please keep in mind that I am not a weatherman and am very poor at predicting the weather but luckily we have specialists that help us out with many aspects of agriculture including weather patterns.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Wild Hogs

By  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 1, 2015

Wild-pigDo you remember the movie “Wild Hogs?”  If not, it was a comedy about men having a mid-life crisis.  There is another type of crisis involving wild hogs that is not a comedy at all.  As a matter of fact it costs farmers and landowners millions of dollars each year.  To get a better gauge of just how costly it is, University of Georgia researchers are surveying landowners in Georgia to quantify the economic damage wild or feral swine are causing the state.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Yellow Jackets Can Be Tamed

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 2015

Yellow JacketYellow jackets this time of year are a real bother for many who enjoy the outdoors.  They rudely invite themselves to any picnic or backyard activity you may have planned.  Before they get the best of you follow a few precautions and it may end up you and yellow jackets can get along.  Continue reading