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.





Zika Update here

Info from RISE here

CANR issues 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


West Georgia Beekeepers meet
4th Monday of each month
Douglas Co. Extension Office
6279 Fairburn Rd

Tree Talks from GUFC

*Hot Off the Press*

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

Fall, 2014 issue here

Spring, 2014 issue here

GUFC magazine

2016 issue now available

2015 issue available here

2014 issue here

Urban Forests
Improve the Quality of Life

Plant Classic City Award Winners
and dazzle your clients this year!

just announced!

2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants
plant a winner!

free, detailed soil info
down to lot!

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

Proud WGGA Sponsor

WGGA on YouTube!

Freedom Island Renovation
courtesy DouglasvilleCITITV

Community Supported Agriculture
fine one near you here!

The Benefits of Human-Plant Interaction
written for AIB, Dr. Hall of Texas A&M discusses how plants benefit us emotionally and economically

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

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


GA Pesticide License Review

Tuesday, October 25, 9am-3pm
678 S Cobb Dr., #200, Marietta, GA 30060

For more information, please contact Beth Horne at 770.228.7214. $15

GA EPD Declares a Level 1 Drought Response
to Increase Awareness of Water Conservation

more info and latest updates at

***U.S. Dept. of Labor***
Wages & Hours Division
Final Rule May 2016 - Overtime

UAC Summery here
DoL release here

Informative (and timely) article about Politics in the Workplace from Greenhouse Management Magazine here

Got 45 minutes?
checkout UGA Urban Ag webinars
current schedule below, but there is a complete archive available
click the schedule for more info

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.

Stay DPS Compliant

How Turf and Ornamental Businesses Operating Commercial Trucks Can Comply with Georgia Department of Public Safety Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulations: a Q & A Approach
Dr. Mickey Taylor, Associate PSEP Coordinator, UGA Dept. of Entomology Extension

Summary available 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
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 at

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

Watch the vid!

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.



Find a pro!
WGGA members are listed here

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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)


Management of Insect Pests in and Around the Home


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

Recent UGA CES publications

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

offers 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.


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

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