General Garden Info

Is dogfennel an ornamental or a weed?

Q: What is this. Should I cut the canes to get it to grow back this year? A: It is common dogfennel,Eupatorium capillifolium. I cannot decide whether it is a weed or an ornamental plant. I love the feathery stems...

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White roots in dead pine needles

Q: I’ve dug up some strange white organic material while planting a hedge row in my back yard. The ground was neglected for several years and is covered with a thick layer of pine needles and pine cones. Should I...

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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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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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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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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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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 – When to Fertilize

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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Hydroponic Gardening Handout

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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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FALL AROMAS BRING A WHIFF OF HOME

Fall was a fragrant time around the chicken farm where I grew up. Our hens worked hard all summer producing eggs. We sold them to family groceries and restaurants on Atlanta’s southside. Our chicken houses were pleasantly scented with fresh...

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ROOTING PASSALONG PLANTS IN FALL

I don’t think I had ever heard the term “Passalong Plants” until I read the book by that name written by my friend Felder Rushing. I immediately understood the term though. Gardeners have amazing generosity when it comes to their...

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Georgia Cities and Their Flower Festivals

Many Georgia communities are proud of the flowers that easily grow in their area. As a result, they celebrate their “city flowers” at festivals throughout the year. Here is a list I recently compiled. If you know of another, please...

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