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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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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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    READ MORE

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Lawn Disease – Submitting a Sample for Diagnosis

First, call your local UGA Extension office (1-800-ASKUGA1) to get their submission criteria. If you suspect that you may have a turfgrass disease, your sampling procedure is critical in order to get an accurate diagnosis. Go to the suspected disease...

READ MORE

Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Monitored at Piedmont Park

Authored by: Chris Nelson Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Piedmont Park Conservancy P.O. Box 7795 Atlanta, GA 30357-0795 Arthur Morris Board Certified Master Arborist Bartlett Tree Experts 3524A Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084 Piedmont Park Piedmont Park was informally...

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Canna Leaf Roller (larger)

Q: What is biting my canna leaves? A: It’s a canna leaf roller, specifically the larger canna leaf roller, as opposed to the lesser canna leaf roller. A moth, called the Brazilian skipper, lays her eggs on the canna leaves. When...

READ MORE

Weeping Mulberry – Pruning

Q: On one of my weeping mulberries I have thinned out some dead bark and on a second I have not. They are both about 8 feet tall. How should I prune these? There is a lot a dead, “knotty...

READ MORE

Pine – Galls, Yellow Powder

Q: This morning we saw a pine tree with five of these knots on it. When I touched it with a twig, a powdery pollen-like substance puffed from it. A: The galls are caused by Eastern gall rust. This fungus...

READ MORE

Grass Spider – Identification

Q: I only see these webs in the early mornings. Once the sun shines on them they disappear. A: It’s the web of a grass spider. You can easily guess why it’s called that. The spiders roam through your lawn...

READ MORE

Asian Ambrosia Beetle – On Fig

Q: Earlier this spring I thought my fig tree was budding out. Now it looks dead and has those white things on it. Any idea what is the problem? A: You have an Asian ambrosia beetle infestation. Cut the limb and...

READ MORE

Cabbage Aphids – Control

Q: I picked cabbage from my garden this morning and the substance is on the underside of the outside leaves. Is it safe to eat? A: I think they’re cabbage aphids. Our winter cold wasn’t enough to kill them this...

READ MORE

Hibiscus – Killed by Cold

Q: I bought and planted a tree-form hibiscus last year. Its blooms did great. Dropped it leaves in fall. As spring has approached it looks dead. Does it take a bit longer to wake up? A: I’m sad to say...

READ MORE

Christmas Cactus – Droopy After Repotting

Q:About 6 weeks ago I repotted our old root-bound Christmas cactus. It remains droopy even though most of the buds have bloomed. It’s in a window that receives afternoon sunshine.  A: If the spot in front of the  window blinds...

READ MORE

Hickory – Trunk Damage Caused By Root Rot

Q: I have a hickory tree that has been attacked by a nasty bug. How can I save it? A: The splitting of the bark on the trunk makes me suspect this is not a bug infestation. It looks to...

READ MORE

Apple – Saving an Old One

Q: I bought an old farm that has two apple trees left on it from an old orchard. I’m trying to prune both back to health, but discovered a rotting wound at the base of one of them. I dug...

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

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

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

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...

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

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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...

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

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