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Walter’s Books Make Great Gifts!

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas coming up, a gardener in your life would surely appreciate a book that describes exactly how to be successful. Consider giving a signed copy of one of Walter’s books! Click here to go to book sales...

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How to Make a PVC Light Stand (condensed)

Most houseplants came from a tropical environment. Though they may have been an understory plant in the jungle, many houseplants need more light than we can easily give them in winter. This explains why they become so stretched, yellow and thinly-foliaged indoors. On a sunny lawn outdoors, the light level...

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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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Plants for Pollinators

Many landscape plants depend on bees and other insects to move pollen from flower to flower. The insects don’t realize they are pollinating the plants they visit – they’re just looking for nectar in the flowers. You can help the flowering plants in your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly flower...

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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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Hellebore Black Death – Diagnosis

Q: I took a sample of diseased Lenten rose to the DeKalb Extension office, where it was diagnosed with “hellebore black death”, a virus. I dug up the sick plant but have found more symptoms in other plants. If it...

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Lacewing Eggs – Identification

Q: I found these white things on a satsuma leaf. A: Lucky you! You’re seeing the eggs of a lacewing. You’re lucky because lacewing larvae are ferocious predators of sapsucking aphids, scale insects, spider mites and whiteflies. Look around on...

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Ninebark – Growing in Georgia

Q: My ninebark shrub is not doing well. When planted it was beautiful and really cool looking. It is supposed to be native to Georgia. Now it seems to be dying/struggling. Any advice? A: Ninebark, Physocarpus opulifolius, is indeed a...

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Live Oak – Growing in North Georgia

Q: My husband heard your caller from Athens about trying to grow a live oak there. You said it would probably not live. We have one in Braselton that is now 13+ years old and doing very well. It’s had...

READ MORE

Walter’s Books Make Great Gifts!

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas coming up, a gardener in your life would surely appreciate a book that describes exactly how to be successful. Consider giving a signed copy of one of Walter’s books! Click here to go...

READ MORE

Magnolia – False Oleander Scale

Q: Any idea what these are on my magnolia leaves and what to do about them? A: You have false oleander scale. False oleander scale is not a good name since this insect attacks over 100 plant species, including Southern...

READ MORE

Repairing Damaged Japanese Maple

Q: My Japanese maple was hit by a truck. It damaged one side and split the trunk. It’s alive but it looks bad. The black stuff at the bottom is tree wrap we purchased to protect the trunk. How can...

READ MORE

Cow Udder Plant – Identification

Q: I photographed this odd plant at the NC Charlotte Botanical Gardens recently. Notice the thorns on leaves as well as the odd fruit. A: According to Tammy Blume, Greenhouse Manager at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, you saw a...

READ MORE

Fire Ants – No Control With Cucumber Peels, Coffee, Cinnamon, Grits

Q: Do cucumber peels, coffee grounds, cinnamon, or grits control fire ants? A: In a word, no. The grits/fire ant control myth has been around for ages. Folks mistakenly think that fire ants will eat the dry grits, which will...

READ MORE

Plants Whose Leaves Resemble Marijuana

I am frequently asked if I get questions about growing marijuana. Oddly, I don’t get those type question but I DO get questions about plants that look like marijuana. Here are a few: Cops Confuse Okra for Pot Police Confuse...

READ MORE

A Banana Enthusiast’s Notes on Banana Feeding

Nick C. grows all sorts of bananas in Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta. see Banana Care He has specific tips on fertilizing bananas. “I like to start slow with the chemical fertilizer in the spring about 1-2 weeks after planting...

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Banana – An Enthusiast’s Notes on Care

Some people are into plants…but a select few are REALLY INTO PLANTS! In this case, it’s bananas. Nick C. grows all sorts of bananas in Gwinnett County, northwest of Atlanta.  I want to share with you his enthusiasm and growing...

READ MORE

Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

READ MORE

Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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

Bermuda – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

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...

READ MORE

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