Landscaping

Horse Manure – In Dekalb County

Free Horse Manure! Little Creek Farm is a horse park off of Lawrenceville Highway which is owned by DeKalb county government as part of their GreenSpace initiative. With horses comes plenty of manure! The conservancy group is trying mightily to...

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Mysterious Clay Particles

This garden mystery started innocently enough. In July, I got an email from M. D. in Hall county: “We are totally stumped by something that’s happening at our house and hope you can help us understand what’s going on. “We...

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Pressure-treated Wood – Safety

Pressure-treated lumber (sold prior to 2004) has come under fire as dangerous to those who use it in the landscape. There are extremely intense arguments on both sides of the question. I can not judge which side is correct but...

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Lime – Different kinds

Quicklime (calcium oxide) is a white solid having a crystalline structure. Quicklime is highly reactive with water, generating considerable heat in the hydration process. It can be bought at masonry supply stores. CAUTION: HIGHLY CAUSTIC Hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) is...

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Holiday Gifts

My family has a terrible time giving me gifts. I have a mental condition called “See – Want – Buy” which strikes me every time I go into a garden center or hardware store. So I give myself gifts of...

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Fall Planting – When is Too Late

It has long been known that it is beneficial to plant trees and shrubs in fall. Warm soil stimulates roots to grow but cool above-ground temperatures mean the leaves are not demanding much moisture. That said, when is it too...

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Water Drops Do Not Burn Foliage

I have been asked many times if it is true that water drops on plant leaves can lead to burning of the leaf tissue in strong sunshine. It is true that a water drop can act as a lens…… but...

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Pollination – In Your Garden

One of the most delightfully informative garden books I’ve ever read is “Sex in Your Garden” by Angela Overy . Ms. Overy (yup, that’s her real name!) describes how plants use false advertisements, bribes, perfume and sometimes pseudo-copulation to accomplish...

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Sinkholes in the Landscape

Sinkholes in the yard are an unfortunate but common problem that may arise five to ten years after a home is constructed. These holes, or underground cavities, form gradually but can appear in your lawn overnight. In Florida, where some...

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Gardening – Yields Unexpected Results

My friend Vickey C. once gave me a few plants of Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) for my shady back yard. I planted it and didn’t notice it again until months later – when I found it had already engulfed six...

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John Travolta – Gardener??

“Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah….Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive….” The disco beat propelled John Travolta (as Tony Manero) across the dance floor. Fingers popping, head snapping, his fluid moves propelled the disco craze of the Seventies. As you watched, Did you realize...

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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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Pike’s Pick (Cool Plant)

Each weekend, longtime Pike Nursery garden expert Mickey Gazaway describes a particularly noteworthy plant which Pike Nursery has chosen to stock and to offer at a 20% discount. Click here for the current Pike’s Pick. In addition, we feature a...

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Storing Pesticides and Tools

Walter’s Garden Joke of the Day: How are my garden tools and my dirty clothes alike? Answer: They both have compost clinging to them and both never seem to make it to their proper storage site. Last year I replaced...

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DeKalb County Free Compost Sites

DeKalb County composts yard waste and makes it available to citizens at four sites. The county gives instructions and hours at this website: Despite the words on the website, only the Central transfer station is closed to the public. DeKalb...

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Starting Plants from Seed

Starting seed indoors is a great way to save money when you need lots of plants for your landscape. With a sunny window, a sunroom or an artificial light set-up you can raise hundreds of dollars worth of plants for...

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Plants Called Grasses That Are Not Grasses

When I mow my lawn, I say that I am cutting my grass. But many plants are called “grass” without really being a grass. The website www.wikipedia.com has some enlightening details. “In popular language grass means a short, green, ground...

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Soil – Percolation Rate

Throughout my childhood, I was awakened each morning by the sound and smell of percolating coffee. After a hearty cup of Maxwell House, my father was off to feed the chickens, milk the cows or tend to the innumerable chores...

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