Landscaping

Wisteria – No Blooms

Q: I have a 3-5 year old wisteria that has never bloomed. What is wrong with it and what should I do? I thought that there was nothing you could do to make wisterias not bloom! It has flourished as...

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Allamanda

Q. I bought a vine with big, glossy leaves and yellow flowers last summer. The vine looks dead now. Is this normal? A. I think you purchased an allamanda vine. These are quite decorative in the summer, but they are...

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Gourds

Lagenaria, Curcurbita, or Luffa spp. Gourds are perhaps the first crop to be grown on both sides of the Atlantic ocean; originating in Africa, they most likely floated to South America and beyond, and were quickly pressed into gardener service...

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UGA Weed Control Publications

Dr. Mark Czarnota is the Weed Wizard for weeds in ornamentals. These publications may help in situations you are faced with: Weed Control in Greenhouses Weed Control: Control Crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) in Ornamentals Weed Control: Controlling Florida Betony in the Landscape Weed...

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Weather – Effect on Plants

Shannon Pable had a look of concern on her face when she described what happened to her Carolina jessamine vine. “It looked like the base of the vine exploded!” she confided. “Now all the leaves above that point are dead....

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UGA Plant Disease Publications

The following publications about diseases of plants are available online from the University of Georgia.   Blossom-End Rot  of Pepper and Tomato   Common Landscape Diseases in Georgia   Diseases of the Home Orchard    Diseases of Leyland Cypress in...

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UGA Flower, Tree and Shrub Publications

The following publications about ornamentals are available online from the University of Georgia Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators Plant Trees Right Growing Ferns Pampas Grass Junipers Landscape Plants for Georgia Liriope Culture in Georgia Selecting and Growing Azaleas Shade...

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Trees – Transplanting

A couple of weeks ago I detailed Dr. Tim Smalley’s techniques for moving shrubbery. His horticulture students also get plenty of practice transplanting trees when they tire of moving shrubs. With the soil as moist as it is, this is...

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Taming Landscape Erosion

For the first two weeks in June I felt like Sisyphus, the Greek legend who was condemned to push a boulder up a hill whereupon it fell back down the hill and he started rolling once again. I believe I...

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Rain Gardens

It seems impossible to “garden” rain but the practice is not so far-fetched. Rain gardening actually means planning your landscape so rain stays on your property to benefit your plants. If excess water occurs, rain is directed to an area...

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Pollination – Further Explorations

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the “Pollinator-Friendly” Plant Sale at the Dunwoody Nature Center (770-394 3322). A recent radio caller wanted even more information on pollination. He queried, “I understand perfect flowered plants (both sexes in one...

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Plants – Failure to Bloom

Few things are as frustrating as having a plant that is known for its beautiful flowers fail to bloom. Worse yet is when your neighbors’ plants are in full flower while identical ones in your landscape sullenly produce only foliage....

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Plant Societies – Locating

Lois M., who describes herself as “a seventy year old gardener who has been enjoying tomatoes, squash, beans and peppers from my garden since early June” directed a string of questions to me recently. “In your calendar, you said to...

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Non-Blooming Plants

Figuring out why a plant doesn’t bloom, or why one thrives and another doesn’t, is often a hopeless task. Sure, SOMETHING isn’t making the plant happy…. but you’ll have a dickens of a time deciding what it is specifically. The...

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Native Plants – Good or Bad?

Precious few opportunities for controversy arise in the gardening world but I seem to have struck a nerve with my answer to a question regarding a requirement for native plants in a community. The respondents raised such good points, I...

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Locating Buried Utility Lines

Whenever you dig in your yard you should be aware of the attendant hazards of buried utility lines. There is a free service for homeowners available. The Utilities Protection Center, funded by all the utilities such as gas, cable, telephone,...

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Landscaping Maintenance – Summer

FEED FLOWERS Summer annual flowers are go-for-broke types of plants. They have only a few months in which to grow, flower, form seed and die. Gardeners are usually more interested in the flowering part of their life cycle but not...

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Landscaping – Textbooks

If you are considering a career in Landscaping or Landscape Architecture, it might be well to read one of the introductory college textbooks. Dr. Richard Ludwig, Program Director of Environmental Horticulture at Gwinnett Tech, recommends Residential Landscape Architecture by Norman...

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