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Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices

Gardening Tips Available at Fulton County Extension Offices

Spring is the optimum time for planting a variety of shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials and seeds but, before tilling the earth, it is important to consider your specific plant needs and your area's climate. Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agents are available to provide guidance to assist residents with growing successful gardens and beautifying their yards.

The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (UGA CAES) provide helpful tips on line to help you get started.

“Spring is one of our favorite seasons simply because we get to help budding gardeners achieve their dreams of producing a successful garden,” states Menia, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Whether it’s a flower garden or vegetable garden, our extension agents are able to provide expert guidance to county residents.”

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Fulton County recruiting volunteer master gardeners

Fulton County recruiting volunteer master gardeners

ATLANTA -- Mad for marigolds? Crazy for camellias?  The Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service invites residents with a love for gardening and community service to attend upcoming Master Gardener Program information sessions. 

Master Gardener volunteers benefit from training, networking with other garden enthusiasts and having the opportunity to serve their communities.

The intensive Master Gardener training program is provided by Fulton County Extension Agents utilizing University of Georgia research-based information about gardening and related subjects.

Master Gardener training sessions will be held:

South Fulton

August 21 and 29, 2013, 10 am

1757 Washington Road, East Point GA 30344

 

Central Fulton

September 3, 5 and 6, 2013, 10 a.m.

Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Suite 109, Atlanta, GA 30303

 

North Fulton

An Overview of Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

An Overview of Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

Your homes are a place of safety and comfort for you, your family, and friends. That is where the baby crawls, the kids play, where meals are prepared, and where you sleep at night. Your home should be just that, YOURS. More often than desired, your homes become a haven to unwanted guests. They could come as cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, fleas, spiders, termites, mice, or even rats. Really, there are more pests with a possibility of invading your homes than can even be imagined. This is why home pest control is a necessity. While many people think that they need to hire an expensive pest control company, the truth is that they can do their own pest control just as effectively and save a lot of money.

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Things you should know about weed killers

Things you should know about weed killers

NORCROSS, Ga. -- As spring emerges here in Norcross (finally), it’s time to get out and make your lawn look good. It’s time to clean things up, detach, mow, fertilize, and put down some pre-emergent herbicides, and post emergent weed killers. This post is meant to help people understand the basics of weed killers and how to use them more effectively.

What Is A Weed Killer?