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

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 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 FOUND IN GA
(Cylindrocladium buxicola = Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum)

Read UGACES Disease Alert here
29 June 2014

Before you install boxwoods, check out the results of NCStateCES research (2012) on which varieties are least (B. microphylla var. japonica ‘Green Beauty’) and most (B. sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) susceptible.
More info here


Management of Insect Pests in and Around the Home

Tree Talks from GUFC

*Hot Off the Press*

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

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


See ya' in the Fall!


for work and home


Green Webinar Series
Getting the Best of Pests

Next Quarter Schedule

The UGA Center for Urban Ag has a great webinar schedule lined up for this year! You can see the topics and dates below and mark your calendar now. Pesticide CEUs are available for each webinar.
For full schedule and to register for webinars, visit the online registration site.

July 17
Dr. Rick Brandenburg, Dept. of Entomology, North Carolina State University; Topic: Dealing with Social Concerns in Urban Environments while Providing Excellent Insect Pest Management: It Is Possible and Dr. Jason Schmidt, Dept. of Entomology, University of Georgia; Topic: What's the Buzz About: Protecting Pollinators and Beneficial Enemies

More info here


July 25

The Center for Applied Nursery Research, in co-ordination with GGIA, is organizing a grower tour on July 25, 2019. This will be a full day tour with lunch provided. We are planning to travel via bus to 4 locations for a full day of tours, education, and networking. Several State Extension Specialists in multiple aspects of nursery production including disease, insects, and weed control have agreed to come along for the tour.
Cost of Tour: $35.00 per person (this includes lunch)
7:00 am-Meet and Greet, light refreshments
7:45 am-Walking tour of CANR facility
followed by bus tour of McCorkle Nurseries
Lunch at Costa Farms (Chick-Fil-a box lunch)
Presentation on New Plants by Dr. Chappell
Tour Costa Farms
Tour R.A. Dudley Nursery
5:30 pm-Return to CANR
More info and registration



Tuesday July 30th
8:00 am to 11:00 am

Cobb County Extension Office (678 S. Cobb Dr. Ste 200 Marietta, GA 30060
Host: UGA Extension Cobb County
UGA specialists Dr. Shimat Joseph and Dr. ALfredo Martinez will be speaking about Fall Turfgrass Insect and Disease Management. The cost is $10.00 per participant. Preregistration is required by July 26th.
2 CEU credits cat. 24, 1 CEU cat. 21, 27, 41
To register call (770) 528-4070 or email

Lawrenceville Irrigation Training
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
750 S. Perry Street, #400
Second Floor Conference Room
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
sponsors: Center for Urban Agriculture, GGIA, Hunter Irrigation
Cost: $45.00 per person
Click here for more information and registration

Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure,
August 8
Peachtree Corners

presented by Georgia Tree Council

(Formerly Georgia Urban Forest Council)

Join us at Pond & Company in Peachtree Corners for our metro Atlanta meeting this summer. We'll hear from Brenda Guglielmina of DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC on utilizing the urban forest for stormwater management. Karen Firehock, Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia will report on her work with Alpharetta and Norcross, helping these cities map and plan for their urban forest and recognize the benefits trees provide for stormwater management. Jason Gregory and Jerry Young will update us on green infrastructure projects at Georgia Tech, and we'll also hear from the City of Atlanta's Watershed Department.
Lunch is included and CEUs will be available

more info at


From UAC
presentations from November 5, 2018 dinner
Industry Disrupters: Technology, Automation, and What’s Next

see them here



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


Find a pro!
WGGA members are listed here

Proud sponsor of WGGA


free, detailed soil info
down to lot!
Updated-November 2017


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

Fire Ant Control

Recorded webinar (March, 2015) from (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

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

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
To access the modules for free, please visit
To access the modules for volunteer credit or a certificate of completion, visit 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


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
Douglas Co. Extension Office
6279 Fairburn Rd

GUFC magazine

*Hot Off the Press*

2018 issue here

2017 Issue here

2016 issue available here

2015 issue available here

Urban Forests
Improve the Quality of Life

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

Proud WGGA Sponsor

Community Supported Agriculture
fine one near you here!

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

Thank you everyone who participated in 2016!

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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