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New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Potting Practices

August 18th, 2014 by

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to potting practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens, pests, and weed seeds that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants through potting substrate and containers, especially used containers. Funding for this video was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and the UT Department of Plant Sciences. Narrated by Ms. Haylee Jones, produced by Ms. Halee Jones and Dr. Diana Cochran with assistance from Dr. Amy Fulcher.

Link to video here.

New Video – Systems-based Pest Management: Pruning Practices

August 15th, 2014 by

This video demonstrates how nursery crop producers can apply a systems-based pest management approach to pruning practices. The video provides an overview of practical ways producers can stop the spread of pathogens that can otherwise be transferred to healthy plants during pruning. Funding for this video was provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, and the UT Department of Plant Sciences. Narrated by Ms. Haylee Jones, produced by Ms. Halee Jones and Dr. Diana Cochran with assistance from Dr. Amy Fulcher.

Link to video here.

New (GIANT) ambrosia beetle in nurseries

August 12th, 2014 by

Nursery growers have been struggling with ambrosia beetles for decades. In the southeast it is primarily the granulate

Camphor shot borer. Photo: Matt Bertone, NCSU

Camphor shot borer. Photo: Matt Bertone, NCSU

ambrosia beetle, Xylosandrus crassiusculus. In the Northeast and Midwest the predominate species is Xylosandrus germanus. These are tiny beetles that make tiny … Continue reading 

Potato leafhoppers crinkle maple leaves

July 23rd, 2014 by

This time of year the results of potato leafhopper feeding show up particularly in nurseries.Potato leafhoppers are a native insect but mimic retired folks because they spend winters in Florida and the Gulf coast. From there adult potato leafhoppers, Empoasca … Continue reading 

Urbanization is good for pests and bad for trees

July 23rd, 2014 by

My wife is from a neighborhood outside Baltimore called Lawyer’s Hill. This is where, in the 18th century, lawyers (and I assume doctors and other gentlemen) had country houses and could escape the summer heat. It is only 3 miles … Continue reading 

HIGHLIGHTS – Updates from the Trial Gardens at Mississippi State

July 21st, 2014 by

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HighLights 2014-07-21

GrowIt! Launch Event — Help create the newest plant app!

July 16th, 2014 by

GrowIt! Launch Event

Help create the newest plant app!

Thursday, July 17        6:00 – 7:30 pm

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia

GrowIt! is, a mobile app that is also social. It helps you find plants and ideas that work well in your area by connecting you to photos and comments of gardeners in the same area. It will be available in the App Store in July, but before it can be marketed on a large scale, folks around the country need to be entering data.

GrowIt! is an initiative of Ball Horticultural Company, but includes all plants, not just one brand. The goal is to engage the next generation of gardeners (Millennials mostly, ages 20-38).  This free mobile app is the first of its kind creating a social platform for users to promote plants they love and help others steer clear of plants that just don’t perform.  The app uses geo-locating technology in the phone to ensure that the users only see local information.  This will help ensure the next generation gardener knows what they should and should not buy so that their first gardening experience is a success.

To make this a successful tool for the next generation content needs to be built within the app.  An important aspect of GrowIt! is that it runs entirely on user submission with none of the digitally enhanced images that can come from big brands.  So….we need REAL images from REAL gardeners supporting a real social network.  So GrowIt! Is hosting a gathering at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Visitor Center (2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens), where garden enthusiasts from the community download the app, walk around the gardens, take photos, and rate plants.

Your comments and photos will help guide new gardeners on the best plants and the ones to avoid. Check it out at www.facebook.com/growitapp or www.twitter.com/growitmobile.

Contact Connie for more information at 706-542-6014 or sbgevent@uga.edu.

Tuliptree scales blacken tulip polars

July 16th, 2014 by

If you haven’t met tuliptree scale, Toumeyella liriodendri, its high time you did. I found dense

Tuliptree scale on tulip poplar. Photo: SD Frank

Tuliptree scale on tulip poplar. Photo: SD Frank

patches of it at a local playground the other day. I was tipped off by honeydew, which can mean tulip poplar aphids, but also … Continue reading 

Retailers to require neonic plant labels

July 15th, 2014 by

Scientific American is reporting from Reuters that Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale, and other smaller retailers will soon require vendors to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are among the most commonly used insecticides on ornamental crops and … Continue reading 

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale – A New Publication

July 15th, 2014 by

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Crape Myrtle Bark Scale