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UGA Vegetable Gardening Publications

With food prices high, folks have been thinking about growing some of their own food. Food gardening is not hard and it doesn’t have to take much room in your landscape. You can even do it in containers! These gardening publications are available on the Internet or ask for a...

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Timing and Choosing Pre-emergent Weed Preventers, Spring and Fall

Pre-emergents (weed preventers) are applied to the landscape to prevent seeds from germinating. The key is the timing. Pre-emergent herbicides MUST be applied BEFORE summer weeds (crabgrass, etc) seed germinate. In general, to get good summer weed control in Atlanta you should apply a pre-emergent on March 1. For winter...

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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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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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    Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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  • How To Keep Neighbors Bermuda Grass From My Fescue?

    Q: How do I keep bermuda grass from my neighbor’s yard from spreading into my fecue?  A: If your neighbor has bermuda grass in their lawn, it is going to come into your lawn pretty quickly, particularly if they have...

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  • Restore Bare Places From Empty Ant Hills

    Q: How do you restore the bare places from fire ant hills that have been vacated with ant bait? A: Wait until early May when the soil is warm and drag a rake a couple times across each mound. Sprinkle...

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  • What Is A Good Fertilizer For Our Deodar Cedar Tree?

    Q: Can you recommend a good fertilizer for our lovely deodar cedar tree? A: If your tree is near another area that is regularly fertilized, such as the lawn or your flower beds, it doesn’t need fertilizing. It will get...

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  • Banana Magnolia – No Fragrant Flower, Sparse, And Yellow Leaves

    Q: We have a banana magnolia at the edge of our lot. For the last two years has been looking bad: no fragrant flowers, leaves are sparse, and some are yellow.  A: Banana magnolia, Magnolia figo, is one of the...

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  • What Is A Dogwoods Life Expectancy?

    Q: I have a dogwood tree that is about twenty years old. It did not bloom this year, but has green leaves. Has it reached its life expectancy? A: In perfect growing circumstances, a dogwood tree can last several decades....

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  • Making A Raised Bed – Should I Kill The Grass There First?

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  • Green Giant Arborvitae – How To Space Them?

    Q: I have a row of Green Giant arborvitae; two years old; four feet tall. Back then, I read they should be spaced five feet apart. This seemed close so I spaced them ten feet apart. Are my trees still...

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  • Why Should`nt I Use Dawn Dish Soap To Kill Bugs/Weeds?

    Q: Why don’t you recommend using Dawn dish soap to help kill bugs and weeds? A: The number one reason I don’t mention Dawn for garden use is that it doesn’t have a pesticide label that permits it. Strictly speaking,...

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  • Our Azaleas Look Healthy But With Few Blooms

    Q: This year our azaleas are green and healthy with beautiful foliage but few blooms. The blooms that do appear are in the middle of the plants. We pruned them severely after they bloomed last spring.  A: I think the...

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  • If I Raise My Soil Levels Around My Trees Will They Die?

    Q: If I raise the soil level around my trees about two feet, will they die?  A: If you cover your mouth and nose with a wet washcloth, will you find it hard to breathe? Tree roots require the ability...

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  • What Can We Plant To Repeal Mosquitoes?

    Q: What can we plant to repel mosquitos instead of using chemicals? A: I hate to burst a popular bubble but no landscape plant has been shown to repel mosquitoes. It is true that the sap of some plants is...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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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....

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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  • Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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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...

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

READ MORE

How To Keep Neighbors Bermuda Grass From My Fescue?

Q: How do I keep bermuda grass from my neighbor’s yard from spreading into my fecue?  A: If your neighbor has bermuda grass in their lawn, it is going to come into your lawn pretty quickly, particularly if they have...

READ MORE

Restore Bare Places From Empty Ant Hills

Q: How do you restore the bare places from fire ant hills that have been vacated with ant bait? A: Wait until early May when the soil is warm and drag a rake a couple times across each mound. Sprinkle...

READ MORE

What Is A Good Fertilizer For Our Deodar Cedar Tree?

Q: Can you recommend a good fertilizer for our lovely deodar cedar tree? A: If your tree is near another area that is regularly fertilized, such as the lawn or your flower beds, it doesn’t need fertilizing. It will get...

READ MORE

Banana Magnolia – No Fragrant Flower, Sparse, And Yellow Leaves

Q: We have a banana magnolia at the edge of our lot. For the last two years has been looking bad: no fragrant flowers, leaves are sparse, and some are yellow.  A: Banana magnolia, Magnolia figo, is one of the...

READ MORE

What Is A Dogwoods Life Expectancy?

Q: I have a dogwood tree that is about twenty years old. It did not bloom this year, but has green leaves. Has it reached its life expectancy? A: In perfect growing circumstances, a dogwood tree can last several decades....

READ MORE

Making A Raised Bed – Should I Kill The Grass There First?

Q: I would like to make a raised bed to plant perennials and annual flowers. The area has a lot of tree roots. My husband suggested using Roundup to kill the grass in the area before adding soil. A: You’ll...

READ MORE

Green Giant Arborvitae – How To Space Them?

Q: I have a row of Green Giant arborvitae; two years old; four feet tall. Back then, I read they should be spaced five feet apart. This seemed close so I spaced them ten feet apart. Are my trees still...

READ MORE

Why Should`nt I Use Dawn Dish Soap To Kill Bugs/Weeds?

Q: Why don’t you recommend using Dawn dish soap to help kill bugs and weeds? A: The number one reason I don’t mention Dawn for garden use is that it doesn’t have a pesticide label that permits it. Strictly speaking,...

READ MORE

Our Azaleas Look Healthy But With Few Blooms

Q: This year our azaleas are green and healthy with beautiful foliage but few blooms. The blooms that do appear are in the middle of the plants. We pruned them severely after they bloomed last spring.  A: I think the...

READ MORE

If I Raise My Soil Levels Around My Trees Will They Die?

Q: If I raise the soil level around my trees about two feet, will they die?  A: If you cover your mouth and nose with a wet washcloth, will you find it hard to breathe? Tree roots require the ability...

READ MORE

What Can We Plant To Repeal Mosquitoes?

Q: What can we plant to repel mosquitos instead of using chemicals? A: I hate to burst a popular bubble but no landscape plant has been shown to repel mosquitoes. It is true that the sap of some plants is...

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

Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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

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