Fall is an excellent time of the year to install trees and shrubs. During the cold weather months, the top part of the plants grow very slowly, but the roots will continue to grow and expand. By the next growing season, they are better established and can tolerate the hot, dry conditions of the summer.

Pests, whether they are insects, weeds, or plant diseases, are a fact of life in the home and garden.  One of the most efficient ways to control them is to practice “integrated pest management” or IPM, which anticipates problems and uses preventative measures. 

Tim Daly | Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Bigleaf hydrangeas bloom profusely during the early summer months with pink to dark blue globular clusters of flowers and have solid medium to dark green leaves. The plants are attractive in the landscape and can be used as a specimen, group of plants or in containers.

fernFerns thrive in the shade
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Ferns are one of the more interesting but underutilized garden plants. They tolerate temperature extremes, require minimal maintenance, have few pest problems, and many are native to Georgia.

Avoid using troublesome plants
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Fall and winter are the best times of the year to install new plant material. Though the weather is cold, the roots continue to grow.

The plants become established, and they can withstand the summer temperatures and dry conditions better. Some plants are troublesome in the landscape and should not be used. They may be prone to certain pests, have a weak growth pattern, or are messy. By knowing which plants perform poorly in the landscape, you can avoid planting them.