UGA Extension Office


Help for Homeowners

There are over 50,000 homeowners in Houston County and they all have different questions about their landscapes and home gardens.  Extension aims to bridge the gap between the research universities and the home gardener who can benefit from the results of that research.

Sometimes that means teaching classes. Other times it involves connecting the client with an appropriate publication.  Still other times, Extension personnel must conduct their own research into problems the gardener is facing.  The ultimate goal, however, is to teach the gardener how to find and use these resources himself, thus giving him access to a whole bank of reliable information.  Newsletters such as The Garden Bench aid in the fulfillment of this goal.

Using websites--and selecting the right ones like part of this educational process.  Reading and understanding research findings as presented in books such as the Georgia Pest Management Handbook is another integral part.  Extension strives to answer the needs of the home gardener in the most efficient and friendly way possible.

We now have a Horticulture Program Assistant

Our office now has a part time Horticulture P.A to answer any of your questions regarding lawn and garden issues. L.A Brandau is a Master Gardener and would love to hear from you! She is in the office Tuesday-Thursday from 9AM-3PM. Please feel free to call the office at 478-987-2028, or email her your questions and/or pictures at






Pest Management Resource

The Georgia Pest Management Handbook gives current information on selection, application, and safe use of pest control chemicals.

Recommendations are based on information on the manufacturer's label and on performance data from research and extension trials at the University of Georgia and sister institutions in surrounding states. Because environmental conditions, the severity of pest pressure, and methods of application vary widely, recommendations do not imply that performance of pesticides will always be acceptable.

This publication is intended to be used only as a guide. Specific rates and application methods are on the pesticide label. Always follow the use instructions and precautions on the pesticide label. Trade and brand names are used only for information. The University of Georgia does not guarantee nor warrant published standards on any product mentioned; neither does the use of a trade or brand name imply approval of any product to the exclusion of others which may also be suitable.

Additional information on control of insects, plant diseases, and weeds is available in bulletins and circulars published by UGA Extension.  Free publications are available at UGA Extension Publications.

Welcome to the Teaching Garden!

Visit Hafley Park Teaching Garden in Perry, GA.  Located on Swift Street in front of the vacant Perry Primary School, the garden is used to grow vegetables for the area EFNEP program as well as to serve as an idea generator for homeowners.  Containing a Children's Corner, a pollinator garden, a rock garden, a Gold Medal Plant garden, a native plant garden, and handicapped-accessible raised box beds, the park offers many opportunities for exploration and imagination.

The Garden Bench

The Garden Bench is a free bi-monthly newsletter from UGA Extension Houston County and local Master Gardener Extension Volunteers. It provides research-based information to help Middle Georgia gardeners. Access the latest issue or archived issues by clicking on the links below. To subscribe, email


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Popular Publications

Extension Publications
  • Your Household Water Quality: Odors in Your Water (C 1016) Homeowners sometimes experience unpleasant odors in their household water. In many cases, the exact cause of the odor is difficult to determine by water testing; however, this publication provides a few general recommendations for treating some common causes of household water odors.
  • Native Plants for Georgia Part I: Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines (B 987) This publication focuses on native trees, shrubs and woody vines for Georgia. It is not our intent to describe all native species — just those available in the nursery trade and those that the authors feel have potential for nursery production and landscape use. Rare or endangered species are not described. Information on each plant is provided according to the following categories: Common Name(s)/Botanical Name/Family, Characteristics, Landscape Uses, Size, Zones and Habitat.
  • Conversion Tables, Formulas and Suggested Guidelines for Horticultural Use (B 931) Pesticide and fertilizer recommendations are often made on a pounds per acre and tons per acre basis. While these may be applicable to field production of many crops, orchardists, nurserymen and greenhouse operators often must convert these recommendations to smaller areas, such as row feet, square feet, or even per tree or per pot. Thus pints, cups, ounces, tablespoons and teaspoons are the common units of measure. The conversion is frequently complicated by metric units of measure. This publication is designed to aid growers in making these calculations and conversions, and also provides other data useful in the management, planning and operation of horticultural enterprises.
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