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.

 


 


March 2, 2017
GA EPD continues Level 2 drought restrictions in Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Lumpkin, Paulding and White
Level 1 in all other counties.

Full info here



West Georgia Beekeepers meet
4th Monday of each month
6:30pm
Douglas Co. Extension Office
6279 Fairburn Rd


Community Supported Agriculture
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POLLINATORS
Wanna know all about the birds and the bees?

 


 

 

Recent resources:

Neonicotinoids may damage bee fertility, Study from University of Bern, here

Presentations from Cultivate16 by Daniel Potter, PhD University of Kentucky Dept of Entomology- here, here and here

Pollinator Protection Plan for Georgia

USDA NRCS - archived webinar - Landscapes for Butterfly Conservation 80 min. (March, 2016)

RHS - Plants for Bugs research project findings (August, 2015)

nature: international weekly journal of science - Nature Outlook-Bees (special free supplement)

TEDxRainer - Sarah Bergmann, Pollinator Pathways

Cornell University - Leap of faith proves pollination can be honeybee free (Native bees)

The Organic Center - Critical Issue Report: The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health, June, 2015

SARE - Enhancement of Native Bee Pollination Services in Apple Orchards in Georgia


from the Feds:

 

NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PROMOTE THE HEALTH OF HONEY BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS, released May 19, 2015

POLLINATOR RESEARCH ACTION PLAN, released May 19, 2015

Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands, draft released May 11, 2015


AmericanHort (the horticulture industry trade association formed by the merger of ANLA and OFA):

 

an eight-minute video - Protecting Bees and Pollinators is here.
more info on the hort industry's research in this area click here.

Sygenta, Bayer, Valent and Mitsui Chemicals Agro:

 

Growing Matters ("Growing Matters is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to scientific discourse on the stewardship, benefits and alternatives of neonicotinoid insecticides in North America. Bayer CropScience, Syngenta and Valent U.S.A. Corporation are leading this coalition with support from Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc." from http://growingmatters.org/why-growing-matters/ )


Some videos:

 

Bees' Needs: food and a home (From Defra, UK, but good info in general, 6:23)

 

Webinars from NRDC/USDA:

 

A list here (pollinators). And here (bees). Some of these are farming oriented - all have information that can be used in your backyard or community garden. There are new ones added all the time.


Some specific sources of information:

 

 

Recommended plants for specific pollinators:

Host Plants for Select Georgia Butterflies and Moths, from Georgia Wildlife Federation

Selecting Plants for Pollinators, from Pollinator Partnership (by zip code)

Plant Species Spotlight, from Greater Atlanta Polinator Partnership

Pollinator Plants: Southest Region, from Xerces Society

Pollinator Syndromes, from Pollinator.org (flower traits that may appeal to specific pollinators)

Tips for pollinator-friendly gardens:

Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Using Native Plants(Eastern), USDA, FS

Pollinators, FWS

 

 

Find a pro!
WGGA members are listed here


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


 

 
 
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