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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Holly – Yellow All Over

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Heuchera – Growing in Pots

Q: I love all the new varieties/colors of heuchera but have not had good luck at keeping them growing in my mostly shaded back yard. Any helpful tips? A: I love heuchera too but I’ve had the same experience…in my...

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Amaryllis – All Leaves, No Flowers

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Orchid – Blooming from Stem Roots

Q: My orchid is confused! All the things that were supposed to be in the bottom of the pot came out on the stem. I don’t know what to call the light colored things but they made a bloom stem!...

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Pachysandra – Scale Insects

Q: I just noticed my pachysandra plants have tiny white spots on the stem and leaves. Is this scale? A: It is euonymus scale. As you can see, this sucking insect increases numbers prolifically and can suck the life out...

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Dead Animal – Hiding Odor

Q: Our dogs recently killed an armadillo in the woods behind the house. Now the whole backyard stinks. Is there an easy way to kill the odor? A: I recently had a similar experience. A portly opossum gave up the...

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Holly Plant Allergy

Q: Do hollies cause skin irritation? My wife and I trimmed our hedge and afterwards our skin stung a little. Days later we developed welts and blisters on our arms that lasted for days. A: Hollies are not notorious for...

READ MORE

Yellowjackets in Palm Tree Roots

Q: I have several windmill palms around my pool. Last summer I saw yellowjackets coming from a hole at the palm tree roots. What can I do to prevent them this year? A: Yellowjackets rarely re-use a former nest. They...

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Ants-How to Get Rid of Without Harming Plants

Q: Ants have a mound directly under one of my blueberry bushes. How do I get rid of the ants without harming the blueberry bush? A: You could try flooding the mound with water every few days. Ants don’t like...

READ MORE

English Ivy Return

Q: I have a slight hill behind my deck. Long ago I planted English ivy, which has spread and covered the entire hill. I back up to a national park, and when I came back from out of town I...

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Transition to Summer Annuals

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Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

READ MORE

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One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain, or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

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Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

Brown patch is most prevalent on bermudagrass which has been heavily fertilized when night temperatures are above 68 degrees and day temperature are above 80 degrees. Dead patches of grass may start small but can grow and join together to...

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

READ MORE