Monthly Archives: March 2016

Eddie’s Corner: Lawn Care – Timing is Everything

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 21, 2016

LawnThe key to a beautiful home lawn is timing which includes planting, fertilizing, controlling weeds and mowing. This article is dedicated to controlling weeds and fertilizing. Later in the spring, planting and mowing will be discussed.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Eastern Tent Caterpillar

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 21, 2016

Eastern Tent CaterpillarsAs I ride through the county debating the situation of the early spring and will we have another cold snap, I have noticed the webs are back in the wild cherry trees. Maybe you have noticed them too and are trying to figure out what is making the webs. The culprit is the Eastern Tent Caterpillar. The webs serve as a home to the newly emerged larvae or as we like to call them, caterpillars. The eggs are timed to hatch when the cherry buds unfurl as they need to eat to grow and complete their life cycle.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Angry Birds

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 15,2016

Angry BirdsSpringtime is when birds are preoccupied with mating, nest building and rearing young. Male birds are trying to establish territories for nesting sites. This instinct sometimes results in them attacking other male birds that are invading the territory.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Tips to Prune your Shrubs

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, March 1, 2016

PruningWith spring just around the corner, I thought I would give you some tips on when and how to prune some of the more common shrubs found in Georgia. The first thing to remember is that shearing the surface with hedge shears destroys the natural shape of many shrubs. If you use hand pruners to cut out undesirable long branches, it will result in a more natural appearance. Remember also that pruning should be started soon after the shrub is planted. Pruning plants when they are small will result in the development of a compact limb system near ground level. Now let’s look at pruning some specific shrubs.  Continue reading