Landscaping

History of TifBlair Certified Centipede Grass

Copied from http://www.tifblair.com/advantages-of-tifblair-centipede/history-tifblair-certified-centipedegrass Centipede is a popular turfgrass selection for southernmost coastal plains and Florida because of some appealing features. It’s more shade-tolerant than bermuda. It’s also easy to maintain because it grows an even three to six inches without...

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Holly – Bent Over from Snow

Q: As you can see, my Burford hollies are gone.  There were 2 groups on each side of the yard with 3 trees in each group that I think were original to the house, planted around 1976. I would like...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tree – Straightening When Blown Over

Summer or winter storms often blow over otherwise healthy trees. Here is a review of the basics of righting small trees that lean or have partially fallen. I would ONLY attempt this on trees less than 15 feet tall….nothing bigger....

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Boxwood – Alternative Shrubs

Boxwood blight has had devastating effects on several metro Atlanta landscapes. If yours has suffered, there are alternative shrubs to consider for replacement. Thinking Outside the...

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Fragrant Plants

I don’t think I appreciated the value of landscape fragrance until the last few years in my garden. I was delighted a few weeks ago when I discovered, by nose alone, a newly blooming shrub. Here is a list of...

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Bradford Pear – Substitutes and Alternatives

Homeowners often complain about their ‘Bradford’ pear problems. “The flowers stink!”, “The branches fall apart!”. If you have such a tree and want to replace it, there are lots of alternatives. My absolute top choice would be a tree-type crapemyrtle....

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Bradford Pear – Severely Pruned

When I spotted these poor ‘Bradford’ pears, I was horrified! Surely a knowledgeable arborist hadn’t done this! But I’m not a professional arborist so I asked someone who is: Art Morris, ISA certified arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts. My question...

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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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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan/Drought Damage

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at...

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Crapemyrtle – Fragrant

When Patricia C. saw my web page stating that crapemyrtles are not fragrant, she sent a note saying that her plant certainly does have a distinct perfume. I didn’t believe her…but she sent pictures. Now I’m going to have to...

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Purslane – Control

Common purslane, Portulaca oleracea, is a weedy summer annual, invading vegetable gardens, bare areas, low-maintenance lawns, and ornamental plantings. It is particularly well adapted to the warm, moist conditions found in Georgia. Common purslane is edible, with a sweet, yet...

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Rain Garden – Designing

Don’t beat your head against a wall! If your landscape has a wet area, stop trying to cultivate plants that dislike wet feet. Instead, install a rain garden, using plants that easily tolerate soggy soil. First, check my lists of...

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Carolina Jessamine – Identification

Note the way this plant’s name is spelled: it’s not “jasmine” but “jessamine”. It’s a terrific spring-flowering vine often seen on Southern arbors. It’s also spotted along highways, where its habit makes drivers think they’re seeing a yellow-flowering tree. An...

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