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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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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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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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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...

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Q: I have five edgeworthia plants. The one that has been most beautiful suddenly began to show wilt and appears to be dying. It gets morning sun and is in shade in the afternoon. Can you tell me what is...

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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...

READ MORE

Murray Cypress – Identification

Q: I have seen online ads that claim Murray cypress is a type of Leyland cypress that is hardier and faster growing. Is this true? A:  There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the origin of “Murray cypress”,...

READ MORE

How Long Should I Wait To Spray Weed Killer After Seeding The Fescue Lawn? 

Q: I reseeded my fescue lawn and the new grass is coming up really good. There are a lot of weeds also coming up with the new grass. How long should I wait to spray weed killer after seeding the...

READ MORE

Old Water Oak In Decline – What Can Be Done?

Q: We have an old water oak in our front yard that the Extension service tells us is in decline. For the past 3 years, there has been a noticeable diminishment of leaves on the tree. What can be done? ...

READ MORE

Weak Gardenias – When Should I Prune And Fertilize?

Q: I have some gardenias that once had large flowers. They have declined in the past couple of years. Now they have small leaves, small flowers and lichens on the stems. Should I prune and fertilize them now to help...

READ MORE

Is ammonium sulfate and 21-0-0 the same thing?

Q: Is ammonium sulfate and 21-0-0 the same thing? A: Sure is! It’s always good to remember in the back of your mind that fertilizers, whether organic or synthetic, are basically chemicals. Organic fertilizers are complex organic compounds; synthetic fertilizers...

READ MORE

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Q: I have a peanut butter tree that I’ve been growing in a pot. It is now 18″ high and has a few smaller sprouts that have also come up. When can I plant them in the ground outside? A:...

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Where Are Angel Trumpet Seeds?

Q: Where are angel trumpet seeds? I see ads for the seeds but I can’t see any on my plant!  A: An angel trumpet (Brugmansia) seed pod looks like an okra pod hanging from a short stem where a flower...

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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,...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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