The WEST GEORGIA GREEN ASSOCIATION is dedicated to

promoting the professional and ethical business practices of our members; developing public awareness of the value of the professional landscape industries and the environment; and education and networking.

 


 

Weather Underground PWS KGADOUGL47

click above for more weather


**Classic City Awards 2019**
from UGA Trial Gardens
check 'em ou
t here
2018 winners here

**Best of the Best 2019**
from UGA Trial Gardens
check these out here
2018 winners here

(2020 not yet published, Jan. 2021 )


Check these out!
Getting the Best of Pests webinars from UGA and The Center for Urban Agriculture.
Schedule and archives
here


from NOAA (01/05/2018)

Assessing the U.S. Climate in 2017: 2017 was the third warmest year on record for the United States
(GA had it's warmest year in history!)

full 2017 report here


 

CANR issued an alert for
Crapemyrtle Bark Scale
... a relatively new insect on crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia) across the Southeast. The insect, which is from Asia, was first noticed in a north Dallas, Texas, suburb in 2004. By 2014, the insect had been reported in nine states.
(including TX, MS, TN)

more info here


Boxwood Blight
(Cylindrocladium buxicola = Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum)

HRI (AmericanHort Foundation)
has just released (April, 2020) new BMP's for boxwood in the landscape - available here

New info from their 2020 workshop is available here


NEW UGA PUBLICATION

Management of Insect Pests in and Around the Home
FREE PDF HERE


Tree Talks from GUFC

no longer being published, but the archives are available

Summer 2018 issue here

Spring 2018 issue here

Winter 2018 issue here

Spring 2017 issue here

Winter 2017 Issue here

Fall, 2016 Issue here

Summer, 2016 issue here

Spring, 2016 issue here

Winter, 2016 issue here

Fall, 2015 issue here

Summer, 2015 issue here

Spring, 2015 issue here

Winter, 2015 issue here

WGGA MEETING

We will re-evaluate the possibilities of meeting in person for Fall, 2021 at a later date.

Stay sane. Stay smart. Stay safe.


(To go directly to Events, click here)



COVID-19 NEWS

(Please note things can change faster than this website can be updated. Always double-check and confirm.)

Effective Thursday, March 25, all Georgia citizens 16 years and older are eligible for vaccinations.

State vaccine registration and info here
(Please note the first page has not yet been updated -
all Georgians 16 years and older are eligible)
Vaccines should also be available at a variety of stores - Kroger, Publix, CVS, Walgreens, etc. You can check with them as well.


Managing Shocks and Disruptions to the Green Industry:
COVID-19 and Beyond

presented by:

Join us for a FREE three-part webinar series on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses in the state and strategies for strengthening financial resilience to disruptions or change. Experts will present tips on evolving marketing, building business continuity, increasing operational flexibility, managing essential workforce and enhancing customer service.

Center for Urban Agricultureter for

has posted these - and lots more - on their YouTube channel
See 'em all here


Special Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, a Special Enrollment Period is now open for those eligible to get affordable, quality health care under the Affordable Care Act. The Special Enrollment Period started on February 15th and ends May 15, 2021. During this period, healthcare.gov (disponible en Espanol) will become available to all eligible consumers who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application. You may also get information about updating or expanding your coverage by calling the marketplace call center at (1-800-318-2596).
--from Rep. GA6 Lucy McBath e-newsletter 2/27/21



lots of info available here

SBA Small Business Relief info here


 

Find a pro!
WGGA members are listed here



Proud sponsor of WGGA

 


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Updated-September 2019

USDA/NRCS
ONLINE SOIL SURVEY
free, detailed soil info
down to lot!
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Latest Research Findings from

Diagnosing Nutrient Deficiencies
in Ornamental Plants

By Dr. Geoffrey C. Denny, Assistant Extension Professor, and Dr. Karl K. Crouse, Associate Extension
Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences Department.(MSU)

Relative Effectiveness of Various Chemicals for Disease Control in Woody Ornamentals
by Extension Plant Pathologists Kelly Ivors (NCSU), Jean Williams-Woodward (UGA), and Alan Windham (UTenn)



 

A guide to native wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees and vines for gardens in the State of Georgia

By Douglasvillian (?)
Betty Benson
more info here


Africanized Honey Bee
Now in Georgia!


(photo Utah CES)
UGA CES info here
Run, don't swat.
Be safe, but remember honeybees pollinate about 30% of our food!
Don't harm the good ones!


Bulldog Bytes
Disposing of Pesticides
right here


Great info from Mary Carol Sheffield, CES, on garden and lawn diseases
right here


Trees Eat Pollution Better Than Expected
research from the National Center for Atmospheric Research
published in the Oct. 21, 2010 issue of Science Express
summary here


Got 45 minutes?
checkout UGA Urban Ag webinars
The complete archive is available
here


Fire Ant Control

Recorded webinar (March, 2015) from extension.org (national) here.
Thorough discussion of behavior and biology and use of baits and contact kill insecticides. Runs about 60 minutes.


 

Georgia Gold Medal Plants
plant a winner!



Plant Classic City Award Winners
and dazzle your clients!

2012 - 2016 Winners here
2017-19 winners here

Classic City Awards
from UGA Trial Gardens

The Classic City awards are based on garden performance over the entire season in the Gardens at UGA, where spring is glorious, and summers are hot, often dry, and rather miserable.

from The UGA Trial Garden's Blog
see what's selected as the best of the best


Georgia Forestry Commission recently held three workshops in Gainesville, Marietta and Mansfield to help communities develop a personalized Community Forest Storm Mitigation Plan that focuses specifically on trees and ways to avoid or mitigate the damage they cause during a storm or other catastrophic event. Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community's current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist. Presentations from the workshops are available and Georgia Forestry Commission staff are available to assist your community.

A Community Forest Storm Mitigation PlanningWorkbook and Template are available
here

PowerPoint presentations are available here.


eLearn Urban Forestry
The Office of the Southern Regional Extension Forester, the USDA FS Region 8--Urban and Community Forestry Program along with the Southern Group of State Foresters have partnered to design, develop and implement a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes

To access the modules for International Society of Arboriculture and Society of American Foresters credit, please visit cfegroup.org.
To access the modules for free, please visit elearn.sref.info.
To access the modules for volunteer credit or a certificate of completion, visit campus.extension.org and look for the eLearn Urban Forestry--Citizen Forester course.
For more specific information, please contact Sarah Ashton, Educational Program Coordinator, Southern Regional Extension Forestry a
t sashton@sref.info.

 

   

Daily stats from Georgia Dept. of Public Health here



Please contact any Board member or send us an e-mail with your suggestions for the association or this website!

 

What Lies Beneath: Soils, Roots, and Urban Trees
May 20, 10am-1pm

webinar presented by
Urban trees often struggle to thrive unless steps are taken to give them what they need. Join Dr. Tom Smiley, Paul Josey, Kay Evanovivh, and Brenda Gugliemina.
CEUs: ISA Certified Arborist: 2.75, Municipal Arborist: 2.75, BCMA Science: .75, BCMA Management: 2. SAF Forestry Hours have been applied for. A certificate of attendance is available for Landscape Architects and others. Registration: $45 ($30 Georgia Tree Council members by using discount code GTCMEMBER30).

Reguistration and more info here.


When the Storm Hits: Is Your Urban Forest Ready?
A Free Webinar June 23, 2-3pm

presented by

Rachel Barker, Director of Project Management for Arbormetrics, Solutions, LLC will outline three (3) key items to help you be ready for the next storm. These keys are 1) Tree Risk Assessments on identified emergency routes and major corridors; 2) Pre-established contracts for tree pruning, debris and tree removal; and 3) Establishing and identifying debris fields. These are the cornerstones to developing a Tree Risk Management Plan for your community. They will prepare you and your city for reduced debris and improved operational efficiencies while building the foundation for a comprehensive Urban Forestry Emergency Storm Response Plan.

more info and registration here


 


SNA Ceases Operations after 121 years

research proceedings, scholarships, and some other aspects of the organization
will be transferred to other organizations
details here


Getting the Best of Pests - Green Industry Webinars



check out the archives of past presentations HERE

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is offering FREE access to several self-paced online, basic soft-skills courses that encompass a variety of topics useful in any work environment.

more info here


available here
(takes a bit to load)


2020 Day of Service
January 20, 2020
Douglas County High School

Video recap of the 2020 Day of Service
now available here

thanks to Chan Weeks,
Executive Director, Keep Douglasville Beautiful

These fine WGGA companies/organizations
have contributed to the
2020 Day of Service at Douglas County High School!

McPlants * Douglasville Ace Hardware * Alternative Environments
City of Douglasville * Keep Douglasville Beautiful
UGA DC Extension * UGA DC Master Gardeners EV's

THANK YOU!

UGA Publications of Interest
(courtesy Willie O. Chance, UGA-UrbanAg
)

Weed Control in Liriope & Mondo

Controlling Poison Ivy in the Landscape

Winter Protection of Ornamental Plants
(what not to do late Summer/early Fall)

Uso de Herbicidas de Preemergencia para Digitaria y Otras Malezas Anuales de Verano

Control de Poa annua en Céspedes Comerciales no Residenciales de Georgia



Soil Preparation and Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the Landscape
available here

UGA publications offer a wide variety of professionally targeted, as well as homeowner interest, publications. Some are free, some have a small cost. All are written by UGA Cooperative Extension and CAES or FCS research faculty and all are full of the latest scientific info on many topics of interest to green pros. More info is right here.

 


West Georgia Beekeepers meet
4th Monday of each month
6:30pm
American Legion Post 145
13141 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Douglasville 30134


SHADE
GUFC magazine

*Hot Off the Press*

no longer being published, but the archives are available
2018 issue
here

2017 Issue here

2016 issue available here


2015 issue available here


Urban Forests
Improve the Quality of Life


NEW UGA REPORT
Economic Contribution of Turfgrass Production,
Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Services, and
Related Industry in the Georgia Economy,
2010
read it here


Proud WGGA Sponsor


Community Supported Agriculture
LOCAL FARMS
FRESH PRODUCE
CHOCOLATE
JAMS&JELLIES
MORE&MORE&MORE
fine one near you here!



WGGA is a proud member of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce


THANK YOU!

Video recap of the multi-year
Military Honor Garden project
now available here

thanks to Chan Weeks,
Executive Director, Keep Douglasville Beautiful

These fine WGGA companies/organizations
have contributed to the
Military Honor Garden project in 2017!

Douglasville Ace Hardware*Southern States
Alternative Environments*Reslawn
McPlants*Barnett Irrigation
W & W Lawn Care*Accent Nursery
Keep Douglasville Beautiful*UGA DC Extension
UGA DC Master Gardener Extension Volunteers
Well Done Lawns and Landscaping
Black Rock Property Service , Inc.
NG Turf

 


 

Thank you everyone who participated in 2016!

MILITARY HONOR GARDEN
HUNTER PARK, DOUGLASVILLE
Friday. December 9, 2016

Keep Douglasville Beautiful is proud to introduce the Douglasville Military Honor Garden. Created as a place to celebrate the honor and courage that members of the Douglasville community have made in the service of our country, the Military Honor Garden will welcome visitors to a place of beauty and who wish to pay tribute to the brave military men, women, and families who sacrifice for our freedoms.

The garden has been conceived as a beautiful public space, built with the support of citizens, service organizations, and businesses in our community for the benefit of the community. Memorial trees, garden spaces, markers, and benches will be placed throughout the garden to create a vibrant, social space to enjoy and inspire.

More info here


Thank you to the following WGGA Members for your help on
the 2011 Freedom Island project!
McPlants, Douglasville Ace Hardware, Alternative Environments, Wynn's Intensive Lawn Care, Black Rock Landscaping, Keen Edge Lawn Care, Douglas County Extension Office, Accent Nursery & Landscaping, Chip's Lawn Care, Hydro Irrigation, John Deere Landscapes, NGTurf, Triple Creek Flower Farm, Well Done Lawn & Landscaping, Mood Swings


WGGA on YouTube!

Freedom Island Renovation
courtesy DouglasvilleCITITV

Get the landscape plan right here


Your donation of professional time, equipment, and material is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support!
Craig McManus-Chan Weeks-Kevin Livingston


Wanna be famous?

Write an article for the WGGA website!
Preferably something educational - how you solved a problem that might be seen by another member, or something unusual you tried and what happened (failures are as educational as successes!) - or hints for homeowners (how to prune, different turfgrasses, what's a weed) - or something interesting - or something intriguing - or funny - or -

You and your company will be given full credit and we'll show your logo and phone number very large.
Right here on the first page!

Please e-mail them here.
Photos are good.
(Please identify any people and give a date and city location.)

Please note all will be reviewed before publication and may be edited.


 

 
 
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