Pest Plants

English Ivy – Control

I accompanied my son’s class on an overnight Environmental Education trip to Rock Eagle one year. One of his classmates was a great source of fascination to me. Whenever I stood next to him he was a model of decorum:...

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Good Method To Kill Privet Hedge?

Q: Is there a good method to kill privet hedge? It has taken over a portion of my backyard fence.  A: It’s a tough plant! I spent much of my childhood and young teen years trying to control privet on...

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Where To Begin – Landscaping

Q: We’ve lived in our house for 11 years and done no landscaping. Now we have lots of low spots and weeds. I’d like to start doing some landscaping, but I’m not sure what to do first.  A: Landscaping a...

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Weeds in New Fescue – Controlling

Q: I have new fescue seeds growing along with small weeds. I planted the fescue seeds in early Oct. Is there anything that I can treat the lawn with that will kill the weed and not the grass at this...

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Mexican Petunia-invasive?

Q: I see clumps of tall blue flowers called Mexican petunia in my neighborhood. Everyone tells me that they are very invasive and spread rapidly. Are they really that invasive? A: Tall Mexican petunia, Ruellia brittoniana, isn’t invasive like bamboo...

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Kudzu Covering Things

I’m not ashamed to admit that I sometimes find kudzu attractive. Like snow, the vine covers everything in a monochromatic moonscape. Below are some of my favorites. Also see: Kudzu Control Email me your interesting kudzu...

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Butterfly Bush – Invasive or Not

Q: On your website you write that butterfly bush is a good plant to attract butterflies. While that is true, the Georgia Department of Agriculture says butterfly bush is showing signs of becoming invasive. A: I know that other states...

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If Goats Eat Poison Ivy Is The Milk Safe? 

Q: If goats eat poison ivy is the milk safe to drink?  A: Goats enjoy poison ivy foliage very much. As with dogs and cats, if the goats brush against a vine you can get a rash after petting them....

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How To Control Weeds That Are Growing In Liriope? 

Q: How do you control weeds that are growing in liriope?  A: For a small area, hand weeding is your best option. There will be a few holes where you remove weeds but the liriope will quickly fill in. If...

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Buffalo Grass (Buffalograss) – Growing

Q: What do you think about using buffalo grass in a front lawn? A: You can try buffalo grass in a small area but I think you’ll be disappointed. This native grass doesn’t compete very well with weeds and the...

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Hogweed vs Queen Anne’s Lace

Q: My sister-in-law from Virginia is telling me that the plant I call Queen Anne’s Lace is a poisonous noxious weed called giant hogweed. How do you tell them apart? A: The plants’ flowers are similar: both have white lacecaps...

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Queen Anne’s Lace vs Hogweed – Identification

Q: My sister-in-law from Virginia is telling me that the plant I call Queen Anne’s Lace is a poisonous noxious weed called giant hogweed. How do you tell them apart? A: The plants’ flowers are similar; both have white lacecaps...

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Doveweed – Identification and Control

Q: What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass. I have sprayed it with Weed-B-Gone and I can not kill the weed that has made its way into my new sod. A: This looks...

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Liriope – Control of Weeds

Q: How do you control weeds that are growing in liriope? A: For a small area, hand weeding is your best option. There will be a few holes where you remove weeds but the liriope will quickly fill in. If...

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Where Is All This White Clover Coming From?

Q: Where in the world is all the white clover coming from this year? My seven acre plot is solid white. What’s happening? A: I drive past a lawn near my Decatur home that is just as you describe. Seed...

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Putting A Garden In – Can I Spray Weed Killer In The Area?

Q: Is it okay to spray weed killer on a area where I’m putting a garden or will the grass killer leach into the ground and affect the plants ? A: There are several types of weedkiller, so you’ll have...

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Daffodil Bulbs Are Mushy

Q: I had several clumps of daffodils that did not bloom this year. When I dug some of them to inspect, I found the bulbs very soft and mushy.  A: You were smart to dig them up to see what’s...

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Looking For Liner To Keep Weeds Out Of Shrub Beds

Q: I am looking for a liner that will keep weeds from growing up in my shrub beds that are mulched with wood shavings. I had someone line them last year but weeds were back before summer barely started.  A:...

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