Tim DalyHydrangeas beautify the summer landscape
By 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.

MossControlling moss in lawns
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Many homeowners have lawns being overtaken by moss. Its presence indicates the cultural conditions of the lawn are not appropriate for the growth of a healthy stand of grass. If your lawn has areas with moss, carefully evaluate the site conditions and your turf care practices.

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.

Pine bark beetles troubling pine trees
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Throughout the county, I have observed pine trees that are turning brown and dying. Additionally the Extension office has received numerous phone calls from residents concerned about pine trees on their property.

Autumn is the time to divide perennial plants
By Tim Daly
Gwinnett County Extension Agent

Herbaceous perennial plants are advantageous since they come back every year unlike annual, which grow for only one season. They are easy to plant, require minimal maintenance, and provide beauty year-after-year.

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