Homeowners in Cheatham County can utilize Extension professionals for many different home horticulture needs.  Services provided include:

  • Insect Identification and Control
  • Weed Identification and Control
  • Disease Identification and Control
  • Plant Variety Recommendations
  • Plant Identification
  • Lawn Care and Management
  • Vegetable Garden Planning and Care
  • Soil Sampling

Whether you enjoy landscaping or gardening as a hobby or are serious about building a successful business, the University of Tennessee and Tennessee State University are dedicated to introducing the fundamentals of gardening through our Master Gardener classes.   Master Gardener classes are held each year starting in August, and cover a broad range of horticultural topics, including a core group of classes designed to teach gardeners important basics of gardening.  If you are a professional and need current information on pesticide changes, safety or need to keep your certification current through acquiring points, be sure to check out the Middle Tennessee Landscape Short Course held in Franklin in January each year.

Contact Information

Sierra Adriene Knaus
TSU-Extension Agent III (TSU)
Phone: 615-792-4420
Email: saknaus@tennessee.edu

Important Links

Tennessee Master Gardeners

Horticulture Programs 
and Information

Master Gardener Program

Vegetable Gardening



  • Cedar Apple Rust
  • Disease and Insect Control in the Home Fruit Plantings
  • Fruit Tree Management Timetable
  • Grape Growing in Tennessee
  • Home Fruit Tree Plan
  • Pruning Neglected Fruit Trees


  • Blossom End Rot
  • Care of the Vegetable Garden
  • Growing Vegetables in Home Gardens
  • Pizza Gardens
  • Salsa Garden
  • Tomatoes for the Home Garden
  • You Can Control Garden Insects
  • Weed Control in Home Gardens

Lawn and Landscape

  • 12 Common Landscape Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
  • Fertilization and Management of Home Lawns
  • Lawn Insects
  • Selecting Fescues
  • Tennessee Turfgrass