Landscaping

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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Wild Strawberry (Indian Mock Strawberry) – Identification

Indian mock strawberry, Potentilla indica, is a non-native weed only slightly related to “real” strawberry. It’s flowers are yellow while those of edible strawberry are white or pink. The fruit of mock strawberry is not poisonous but the taste is...

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Wild Lettuce (Prickly Lettuce) – Control

It looks like dandelion leaves at first…..but it makes a tall stem. What could this be? It’s wild lettuce…..and it’s edible! You can dig the long taproot with a dandelion fork (click for sources)  or uproot it with a Water...

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Sowthistle – Control

The spiny leaves make this weed easy to spot. Fortunately, spiny sowthistle is easy to control. You can dig the long taproot with a dandelion fork (click for sources)  or uproot it with a Water Weeder. A spot spray of...

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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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Fruit Trees – Sources

My friend Bill Ford, co-owner of Johnson Nursery in Ellijay, has toddled off into retirement! Now where will I send folks who want to buy the best selections of fruit and nut tree varieties? With Bill’s input, here are some good...

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Lawn Area – Measuring

I was speaking to a garden group recently and for a lark, pointed to an attendee and asked “How big is your lawn?” ————————————————————————– Him: “Ah….umm…..I think it’s around 4000 square feet…..but I’ve never measured it.” Me: “So when you...

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Agave – Growing Successfully in Atlanta

Not far from my home, an elementary school has built an impressive garden in the building’s courtyard. Throughout the school year, teachers take advantage of the flowers and vegetables growing there as they instruct about biology, history, math and English....

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Burford Holly – History

Burford holly, Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’, is a ubiquitous shrub in the Southeast. The red berries are striking in winter. It’s interesting to know that the Burford holly originated in Atlanta, at Westview Cemetery in the southwest quarter of the city....

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‘Chindo’ Viburnum – Cold Damage

From my friend Lyle Collins at Southern Trillium Landscape Design: A couple weeks ago, someone called your radio show asking about their ‘Chindo’ viburnums that he thought might be dead. We plant a lot of them for our clients and...

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Spring Bulbs – Fertilize in Late Winter

My rule of thumb for fertilizing any plant is to do it when it is actively growing. Spring-flowering bulbs, like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths fool us though. They seem to be “actively growing” in spring when flowers appear. But the...

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How to Grow Ferns from Spores

Have you ever wondered how to grow ferns from spores? This article has good DIY tips. How to Grow Ferns From...

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Assessing Tree Health – The Doctor is IN!

A neighbor had an old post oak in their back yard that was precipitously leaning toward the house. I asked Chris Hastings, owner of Arbormedics, to evaluate the tree’s health. Chris has an amazing computer-driven system that allows him to “see” inside...

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Leyland Cypress Diseases – Identification with Pictures

Sometimes I find a web page that does a lot of things well. In this case, I found a document put up by Colleen Warfield at NC State that nicely answers the question: “My Leyland cypress is sick. Can you...

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Hydroponic Gardening Handout

Hydroponic Gardening Handout Permatill Really Raised Bed Potatoes in Perlite Self-Watering Planter Self-watering Bucket Garden Earthbox GrowBox TeraHydroBox Tower Garden Verti Gro GardenSoxx Straw bale gardening Floating Garden AeroGarden PVC Light Stand Online Sources B G Hydro Eco Enterprises Green Coast...

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Non-flowering Plants for Sunny Spots

Here are plants that have only small flowers or flowers that are easy to remove. Email me if you have other candidates. euphorbia dwarf chamaecyparis yucca coleus carex dwarf ornamental grasses dwarf boxwood acorus blue...

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Flower, Shrub, Tree, Plant – Identification Resources with Pictures

It’s frustrating to have a plant in your landscape that you simply can’t identify. Besides my Name That Plant webpage, there are several other good ways to figure out what a plant is. Try these web links for more help:...

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