Dr John Ruter to lead UGA Trial Gardens

Dr John Ruter, UGA Horticulturist

After 30 years, the Trial Gardens at UGA — that green, flower-laden oasis sandwiched between Snelling Dining Hall and the College of Pharmacy — is being tended by a new green thumb. UGA Department of Horticulture professor John Ruter took over the day-to-day operations from garden co-founder Allan Armitage on July 1. Armitage is officially retiring at the end of 2013. He originally retired in 2010 and came back halftime.

New legal residency requirement for pesticide licenses

During the last state legislative session, a house bill was passed that required all state agencies that issue licenses to verify the legal residence of the applicant. All state agencies had to comply. The following explains the process required for verifying your legal residency when applying for a pesticide license renewal with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

GA Department of Agriculture explains new legal residency requirement for pesticide licenses

During the last state legislative session, a house bill was passed that required all state agencies that issue licenses to verify the legal residence of the applicant. All state agencies had to comply. This article explains the process required for verifying your legal residency when applying for a pesticide license renewal with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Turfgrass Disease Update – Gray Leaf Spot and Rust

Rust on zoysia

Alfredo Martinez, Extension Plant Pathologist

Time to scout for gray leaf spot

Gray leaf spot is a fungus disease that affects St. Augustinegrass, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue in Georgia. Hot humid summer weather and high nitrogen levels can make turf susceptible to this disease. The fungus causing the disease is Pyricularia grisea.

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Lespedeza Identification and Control in Turfgrass

Edited from a publication by Patrick McCullough, UGA Extension Weed Specialist See the entire publication here Common lespedeza (Kummerowia striata (Thunb.) Schind syn. Lespedeza striata) is a freely-branched summer annual legume that is a problem weed in lawns and other turf areas. Common lespedeza, also known as Japanese clover or … Read more

Cool Season Turfgrass Disease Update

Alfredo Martinez, UGA Extension Plant Pathologist It is time to scout for Brown patch (caused by Rhizoctonia solani) and Pythium blight (caused by Pythium spp). These diseases are often the most serious diseases on cool season grasses, especially on tall fescue and ryegrass.                        Brown patch can cause a foliar blight, … Read more

The sun perennials “crash course” for the green industry

Perennials are easy to grow, easy to propagate, and offer gardeners a fascinating variety of colors, forms and textures. Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun is a self-paced, self-study online certificate program authored by the Dr. Allan Armitage, one of the world’s leading experts on and researchers of perennials. In this professional development course, you’ll learn the characteristics, propagation methods and optimal growing conditions of 20 species of sun perennials. The course is online, so you can progress at your own pace, on your own schedule.

Rose Rosette Virus – an emerging problem

Rose rosette virus is a damaging disease that is seeing an increase in occurrence across midwestern and southern states. Rose rosette virus was predominantly found in the invasive multiflora roses that grow wild in many places What is causing greater concern is that the virus is now being seen in Knock-Out roses.

Important Information for Pesticide Applicators

Pesticide applicators need the best information to make good management decisions and to provide the best and safest service for their customers. This is a compilation of basic information important to the Georgia commercial pesticide applicator. Topics covered include certification, re-certification, pest management resources, labels, MSDS sheets and other topics.