Extension Office Answers Lawn and Garden Questions
If you have a landscaping or gardening question, your local or state Cooperative Extension office is bound to have the answers. They offer an impressive range of services, from education to soil testing, year round.
Cooperative Extension services were first launched more than a century ago to help support rural farmers by disseminating information and training from research done at land-grant universities. Today they are also a user-friendly, reliable and authoritative resource for home owners, families, teachers and landscapers on every topic from basic lawn care to nutrition.
What’s eating my roses? When should I fertilize the lawn? Where should I place my backyard garden? Why won’t my Christmas cactus bloom? You can get answers to these and thousands of other questions on your state Cooperative Extension office website.
They offer blogs, newsletters, digital and print publications, and curricula and lesson plans that can easily be accessed with the click of a mouse. If you don’t find the info you seek online, they also respond to phone calls and emails, and in certain situations may even make house calls.
Want to dig deeper on a particular topic? Although most classes and workshops have been postponed due to the pandemic, many online tutorials and videos are available, whether you want to plant an organic garden or graft fruit trees.
Once it’s safe to gather again, you can sign up for classes to become a Master Gardener or a Master Beekeeper. Learn how to compost or control landscape pests. Send your child to 4-H camp or take a homebuyer education course. The opportunities are endless.
Soil and Water Testing
One major benefit of your state Extension office is access to testing. You can have drinking water tested for purity or creek water tested for contamination, for example. You can also send in soil samples to check for nutrient levels and acidity. The results will help you know what amendments to put on your garden or yard for happier vegetables and grass.
State and Local Offices
Each state has an Extension service associated with a land-grant college, like University of Georgia, Auburn University or University of Tennessee. Their websites will have the most thorough information when you’re looking for resources.
However, each county has an affiliated Extension office as well. This is where you will want to go for localized information or for classes and workshops. Find your county office through the following links: Alabama, Georgia, or Tennessee.
And if you have any questions about your lawn or grass varieties, our Certified Turfgrass Professionals are always happy to help. Give them a call at 770.832.8606 or email at info@NGTurf.com.