As we head into summer, we start to see problems with weeds, diseases and insects in the landscape and around vegetable gardens. Some of these pest problems can be solved without the use of chemicals, but if the pest population reaches damaging levels, using pesticides may be warranted. Remember that using pesticides is safe and legal but requires reading and following label directions in their entirety.
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ATHENS — As warm-season turfgrasses continue to green up, diseases are rearing their ugly heads. The main culprit this time of year is a fungus, Rhizoctonia solani, that causes large patch disease in lawns. Large patch can infect all warm-season turfgrasses, but centipede, St. Augustine, and zoysia are particularly susceptible.
Mosquito activity this spring has been nearly as erratic as Georgia’s recent weather.
Welded-wire fence enclosures are good at keeping wild pigs from devouring deer feed. (Special Photo)
Wildlife managers and hunters across the nation manage many properties for the betterment of deer herds, but pest species like wild pigs literally eat into their efforts.
Pesticides, which include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and more, can contain organic or conventional ingredients. People use them in homes and workplaces, on farms and in gardens, and in other places where they want to control pests like weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and plant viruses.
They are out there. We see them every day and may not give them a great deal of thought. However, when they disappear, it is then we reflect upon their great value to each and every one of us.