How-To Archive

How Can I Make My Curly Sedge Curl Again?

Q: My curly sedge was curly for the first year but now the stems are straight as a stick! Anything I can do to make it curl up again?  A: My guess is that yours has reverted back to the...

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Good Method To Kill Privet Hedge?

Q: Is there a good method to kill privet hedge? It has taken over a portion of my backyard fence.  A: It’s a tough plant! I spent much of my childhood and young teen years trying to control privet on...

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How To Dispose Of Bad Milorganite?

Q: I had a bag of Milorganite that I stored in a plastic bucket. Somehow the lid was shifted and now I have a smelly, sticky mess. Any ideas how to dispose of it? We live near a lake.  A:...

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How Do I Harvest/Plant My Magnolias?

Q: I have three beautiful magnolias that are healthy and bloom beautifully. One has pods with red seeds. How do I harvest them and plant at my new home?  A: I’m sure yours is a beautiful tree but the tree...

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Thoughts On A Mosquito Control Service

Q: Several of my neighbors use a mosquito control service during the summer months. What are your thoughts on this control measure and the effects on nature as a whole.  A: This is tough for me to answer because every...

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Controlling Lespedeza

Q: How do I control lespedeza? A: I see two kinds of lespedeza that are problematic in lawns. Annual lespedeza, Lespedeza striata, is a low-growing annual plant; it sprouts from seed each year. Sericea lespedeza, Lespedeza cuneata, is an upright...

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How to Get Rid of Nostoc

Q: Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of the green jelly stuff in our lawn? A: You have nostoc. It’s a gelatinous colony of a type of bacteria that is usually found where grass is growing poorly due...

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Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam) – Trip Announcement

I have always been curious about Southeast Asia. My only exposure so far has been the disturbing nightly news on TV in the late ‘60’s and National Geographic magazine articles. I have wondered how Vietnam has changed from our national...

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Croatia Trip Announcement – 2018

One of my favorite travel memories is the fresh seafood dinner (including a huge platter of fried calamari) I was served in Dubrovnik thirty years ago. The cost? Only $5.00. While I think prices have gone up since then, the...

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners

For gardeners, every year opens the possibility of better success: fewer weeds, more tomatoes, prettier flowers, etc. Whatever your aim, the following resolutions will get you there faster. 1. If you’re not happy with your landscape or garden, you have...

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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...

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“Fescue” – Alternative Definition

Sharp-eyed reader Dan C. shares: I just finished the 1934 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lamb In His Bosom” by Caroline Miller – a fascinating, well-written, and insightful story of a pioneer family in SE GA in the early-to-mid 1800s. I...

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Trip to Italy – May, 2018 – Announcement

I’m hosting a trip to southern Italy on April 14 – 26, 2018! Whenever I’ve mentioned to seasoned travelers a trip to Italy, they get a dreamy look in their eyes and insist “You MUST go to southern Italy in the...

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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...

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Georgia Drought Level 1 – Rules

SUMMARY Level 1: Requires public water systems to educate customers about conditions and encourages conservation. Watering may be dode after 4:00 p.m. and before 10:00  a.m. SPECIFIC STATE RULES Drought Response Level 1. (a) Permittees that are public water systems...

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Georgia Drought Level 3 – Rules

SUMMARY Level 3: Prohibits all outdoor irrigation of landscapes. Food gardens may be watered between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. (Soaker hoses and drip irrigation may be used any time.) Hand watering allowed during designated hours. Golf course irrigation limited....

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Georgia Drought Level 2 – Rules

SUMMARY Level 2: Limits outdoor watering to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even-numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.); odd-numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.). No water...

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