Tim Daly

People travel thousands of miles to search for rare and elusive bird species inhabiting exotic locations such as the frigid tundra in Alaska or the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. However, one does not need to travel long distances to observe diverse species of birds as their backyard garden can potentially attract a multitude of bird species.

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.