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

Ornamental grasses thrive in hot, dry conditions that are common during the summer months in our area.  They have attractive features and come in a variety of colors and textures.

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.


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.

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.

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.