Ornamental Trees

Tree Planting – Use Phosphorus Fertilizer

One of the great gifts of gardening in the South is the fact that our soil rarely freezes. That means we can plant shrubs and trees during months our Northern neighbors are shoveling their sidewalks. If you decide to plant...

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Tree Damage – Insurance Claims

You may be able to claim a storm loss or insurance benefit as a result of storm damage. Here are ways to assess the value of damaged trees and landscaping: • The decrease in the fair market value of the...

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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 trees that lean or have fallen. The first task is to shovel out a space under the root ball so it...

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Tree – Covering Exposed Roots

D.S. recently sent me a question I have heard over and over again after heavy, eroding rains. “I have a maple tree whose roots are showing through the soil around it.” he wrote. “How much new topsoil should I put...

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The Science Behind Fall Leaf Color

Pigments of Fall Color David C. Zlesak, Regional Extension Educator, Horticulture University of Minnesota Brilliantly colored leaves and fruit transform the fall landscape into enchanting scenes and is a hallmark of Minnesota and other Northern-tiered states. Heightened interest in plants...

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Sudden Oak Death (SOD)

Sudden Oak Death (SOD) fungus could be a serious threat to oak trees in the Southeast. It has caused great damage to oaks in California. Several commonly grown woody plants (camellia, rhododendron, viburnum, etc) can be carriers of the disease,...

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Stone Mulch – Bad for Trees

Norm Mittleider, owner of The Art of Pruning (770-407-1511) read my comments about using stone mulch in a landscape. He comments: “You could not have said it any better when addressing the question of using stone as mulch. I have...

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SOD Update from Dr. Woodward

from Dr Jean Williams-Woodward April 9, 2004 By now most of you may have already heard that Phytophthora ramorum, cause of Sudden Oak Death (SOD), has been positively identified on plants within five Georgia nurseries: John Deere #173, College Park;...

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Sassafras – Planting

I personally wish more gardeners would plant sassafras in their landscapes. I don’t think I have ever seen it offered at a nursery. If several were planted together, the fall color would be spectacular. The tree is touchy about being...

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Repairing a Broken Tree

When storms break tree limbs it can be heartbreaking to survey the damage. Trees, however, are remarkably able to recover from damage if given a little help. This article from Michigan State University gives some great hints: Repairing Storm Damage...

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Pine Needle Cast Disease

When pine needles turn reddish-brown in early summer, several things could be the cause. It could be beetles in the trunk, compaction damage to the roots or, occasionally, a needle disease. In the year after a wet summer, the disease...

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Pine Beetle Identification

Pine trees are always subject to insect attack and should be examined periodically to determine if insect problems are developing. Several species of small brown or black beetles are common pests of pine trees. They are often referred to as...

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Osage Orange – Uses

Garden friend D.G. has had much more experience with osage orange than most. His comments on the tree are below: “I grew up on a small general farm in west-central Illinois, where my father had about a quarter-mile row of...

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Osage Orange (Bodark) Tree

I was visiting with a group of Master Gardeners recently when I asked them: “Has anyone here ever heard of the bodark tree?” Wrinkled brows and perplexed looks spread across the room. Master Gardeners pride themselves on knowing obscure plants...

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Oak Scale – Eaten by Fungus

Sometimes I get to be in the audience when smart people really show their stuff. Recently Frank Hancock, the University of Georgia Extension agent in Henry County had a citizen visit his office with a perplexing problem on his pin...

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Oak – Slime Flux

“My oak tree is oozing beer!” Homeowners often follow their noses to the base of an oak tree to find a puddle of yeasty smelling liquid. The ooze is usually surrounded by insects, some of whom seem inebriated! The condition...

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Magnolia – Transplanting from the Woods

One plants magnolias grown from seed only after deciding if it is really worth the effort. It is possible that the seedling came from an “ugly” magnolia. You won’t realize this, of course, until a decade has passed and the...

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Magnolia – Care

Magnolias are fast growing trees and grow well in Georgia in full sun. They are also more tolerant of heavy shade than are most evergreen trees. If you expect maximum growth, prepare the soil well before planting. A hole approximately...

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