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2019 Winners Just Announced

**Classic City Awards 2019**
from UGA Trial Gardens
check 'em ou
t here
2018 winners here

**Best of the Best 2019**
from UGA Trial Gardens
check these out here
2018 winners here

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

And GTBOP webinar
July 16, 2020
info here

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


Management of Insect Pests in and Around the Home

Tree Talks from GUFC

no longer being published, but the archives are available

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 note things can change faster than this website can be updated. Always double-check and confirm.)

Current order and state info here

The National Association of Landscape Professionals offers Industry Guidance here.

AmericanHort offers a large number of resources here.

(Some of these are members only, most are freely available.)

lots of info available here


Find a pro!
WGGA members are listed here

Proud sponsor of WGGA


Updated-September 2019

free, detailed soil info
down to lot!


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



Be sane. Be smart. Be safe.

Need handouts or posters on COVID-19 to keep yourself, your family, and your crew safe?

The CDC has a full set in English and Spanish, free to download.


Emory Online Screening Tool

Emory doctors have helped to create a new online tool — — that allows people to screen themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus and to receive recommendations on what to do next.

The website is a way to self-triage and is designed to help prevent a surge of patients at hospitals and health-care facilities, according to Emory infectious disease expert Dr. Carlos del Rio. He also said this can help people get answers quickly rather than waiting on hold for hours on a helpline.

-from AJC

Daily stats from Georgia Dept. of Public Health here

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


Pesticide Applicator Recertification/expiration update
from the Georgia Department of Agriculture

For certified applicators with recertification/expiration dates between June 1, 2020, and December 21, 2020, you can request a 90-day training deadline extension.

Please direct all requests for extensions to Tim Taylor, Certification & Training Specialist, by tel: 404-656-3641 or email: (Email is the preferred method.)

CEUs can still be obtained through approved online providers:

Readiness, Response, Recovery:
Is Your Urban Forest Prepared for Upcoming Storms?
webinar August 12, 10am

Are your community trees ready for an active storm season?
" Before the Storm: Pruning Trees and Keeping Them Healthy to Better Weather Upcoming Storms
" Evaluating Tree and Site Conditions: A look at soil conditions, disease and tree structure that cause a higher risk of storm damage
" Standing Strong: Tree Species that Fare Best in Storms
" After the Storm: Resources, Assistance, and Safety
Speakers sharing their expertise will be Rob Swanson, Certified Arborist, Specimen Tree; Art Morris, Master Arborist, New Urban Forestry and Gunnison Tree Specialists; Mark McClellan, Stewardship & Legacy Cocordinator; and Seth Hawkins, Regional Specialist and Community Forester, Georgia Forestry Commission. There will be time allowed for questions from webinar attendees. CEUS available!

more info and registration

Category 41 Mosquito Control
Tuesday, August 25, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

University of Georgia Extension Gwinnett County is offering a webinar to help prepare those who are planning to take the Georgia Pesticide Applicator Licensing Exam in Category 41 Mosquito Control to pass it. The workshop will cover ONLY the Mosquito Control section and NOT the Core Manual (General Standards). The program will be held on via Zoom Conferencing. The instructors are Elmer Gray, Public Health Extension Specialist, Mickey Taylor, Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator, both of the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, and Timothy Daly, County Extension Agent, UGA Extension Gwinnett.

For those of you who already have the license, five pesticide applicator recertification credits will be offered in Category 41 Mosquito Control. The cost is $20.00 per participant.

To register, go to the following weblink:
or contact the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture at 770.228.7214.

Registration with payment must be received by Friday, August 21, 2020. There will be no onsite registrations

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)


next meeting in the Fall

Stay sane. Stay smart. Stay safe.


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


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*

no longer being published, but the archives are available
2018 issue

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


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!

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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