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.

 


 

 

 


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 2019, the insect had been reported in 14 states.

There is now a website with lots more info and a way to report sightings - https://stopcmbs.com/.

There are several videos here

informative article from Ball Publishing here


Check these out!

from
Center for Urban Agriculture
te

Getting the Best of Pests webinars
Schedule and archives
here

YouTube channel here


NEW UGA PUBLICATION
(June, 2021)


Pruning Trees: Anatomical, Biological & Structural Foundations -
Dr. Kim Coder, author
Newly Revised Manual from Warnell School at University of Georgia
free download
here
: https://www.warnell.uga.edu/outreach/publications/individual/pruning-trees-anatomical-biological-structural-foundations





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


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.

WGGA MEETING
TBA

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(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.)

All Georgians 6 months and older are now eligible for free vaccinations and boosters.

State vaccine/booster registration and info here

Vaccines should also be available at a variety of stores - Kroger, Publix, CVS, Walgreens, etc., so check with them as well.

CDC science-based Covid-19 and vaccine info here
Get the facts, not the nonsense!
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Need help finding a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you?
Need info about anything covid? Vaccines? Tests?
By county? By state?
Visit covid.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 for assistance.

Get the facts, not the nonsense!

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Know when you should take more precautions-
Covid levels (from CDC) down to county-level
here .
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Douglas County FREE Covid test site
at Deer Lick Park is open
more info https://douglasvillecovid.com/

(8 October - still available)

M-F 8 a.m. through around 4 p.m. most days.

All you need is an ID and insurance card if you have one.
Test results usually come back within 48 hours.
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MPOX INFO
from Georgia Dept. of Public Health here
from CDC here

GET THE FACTS, NOT THE NONSENSE!



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


GOT SPIDERS?
They're neither agressive nor poisonous.
(Still scary as heck!)
Read more from UGA about Joros 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!

2021 winners are here

2012 - 2016 Winners here
2017-19 winners here
2020 winners are 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


 

 

 

WINTER 2023 TRADE SHOWS


January 11-13, 2023
Baltimore, MD
info and registration here

 


January 16-20, 2023
Greensboro, NC
info and registration here

 


January 18-20, 2023
Mobile, AL
info and registration here

 


January 26-27, 2023
Columbia, SC
info and registration here

 

(GGIA will have a Summer show again in 2023)

 


BMPs for Non-Chemical Weed Control
free .pdf download from Cailfornia Invasive Plant Council

This manual provides comprehensive descriptions of 21 commonly used non-chemical weed control techniques and of biological control agents for 18 weed species/species groups that will help you as a practitioner treat weeds more effectively.

Authors of each chapter have compiled research and on-the-ground knowledge of subject experts on tools and methods of application, as well as on efficacy of techniques under various environmental conditions and across different classes of invasive plants. Environmental, cultural, and human safety risks are also highlighted to help support safe and effective use of techniques. This manual is designed to be a go-to resource for practitioners that are either complementing their weed control work with non-chemical techniques or are exclusively restricted to not using herbicides.

Download 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

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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.


 

 


SHADE
GUFC magazine

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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