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Spring Fertilizer and Pre-emergent Application – This Year It’s Different

The cold weather of January 2014 may have made significant damage on bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass lawns. Though these grasses usually tolerate winter cold in the metro Atlanta area, all can suffer if temperatures drop low enough for long...

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Spiders – Some Useful Info

Q: I recently found a black widow spider in my bathroom. Where did it come from? Do they nest in the attic or basement? A: Poisonous spiders populate the nightmares of many people. The combination of eight legs, venomous jaws...

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DeKalb County Compost – Safe?

Q: I frequently visit the free DeKalb county compost/mulch pile on Memorial Drive. After spreading two truck loads on my dormant vegetable garden, I‘m worried that the compost might have high levels of herbicides or pesticides. A: I took a...

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Squirrel-proof Birdfeeders

Squirrels are the bane of bird feeders. I went though a half-dozen plastic and wooden feeders before I bought an Eliminator from Wild Birds Unlimited. It has a weighted, adjustable perch which allows lightweight birds to feed but slams a...

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I Need Your Advice

As many of you know, I write a weekly column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering topical garden questions and answers. As many of you also know, the newspaper is not distributed outside the metro Atlanta area. I’m considering doing a...

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Tree Roots – Exposed

Q: Could you please tell me what is going on with my oak tree? The roots are next to a driveway. It’s very interesting looking into all the little cubby holes. Is this normal? A: This looks completely normal to...

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Lithia Springs – History

I recently visited the grand old Mohonk Mountain House resort in the Hudson River valley of upstate New York. It reminded me of another grand resort in Georgia that was built around the “lithium springs” near Douglasville. The town of...

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Green Stinkbug Nymph – Identification

Q: I planted some fruit bushes this year at my home in upstate New York. I found a handful of the attached beetles on my Blackberry plant. Any idea of what this beetle is? A: It’s a green stinkbug nymph....

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Cherokee Rose – Identification

Q: About ten years ago I planted what I thought was a Cherokee rose from an old grave yard. I have had a very had time controlling this running rose. It will almost double its size every year and the...

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UGA Wildlife Management and Identification Publications

NHS-01-01 Copperhead NHS-02-02 Mammal ID Key Skins & skulls NHS-05-04 Armadillo NHS-06-05 Brown Water Snake NHS-06-06 Brown Anole NHS-06-07 American Toad NHS-09-08 Rusty Blackbird NHS-09-09 Altamaha Spinymussel NHS-10-11 Cougar NHS-10-12 Eastern Indigo Snake NHS-11-10 Key to Mammals Skulls of Georgia & the Southeast NHS-11-13 Red Wolf WFS-05-01 Black Bear WFS-05-02 Ruffed Grouse WMS-02-01 Food Plots-...

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Plants for Low Light

It’s nice to have plants in every room of your house….but not every room has the light levels necessary for houseplants to be happy. Here are some that survive in even the gloomiest rooms when you put them near a...

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Stinkweed – Identification

Q: This plant came up in a crack in our brick patio. We just let it grow to see what it was. The leaves have a very pungent odor. We have no idea, so can you identify it for us?...

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Animal, Reptile, Bird and Insect – Books for Identification

I love getting emailed photos of plants and creatures that need identifying. Although I may not be able to ID them at first glance, I can usually find something interesting in one of my reference books. One of my favorite...

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Ferns – Deer-resistant

Q: I am looking for ferns that are full sun tolerant and deer resistant. A: Deer don’t much care for ferns in general. I find Southern shield fern, Thelypteris kunthii, easy to grow in full sun if I water when...

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Planting Perfectly for Spring

In March, I presented a free hour-long webinar “Planting Perfectly for Spring”. It’s a “live” presentation on how to plant shrubs, trees, flowers and lawns the right way. You watch it on your computer after completing a short registration. The...

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Holiday Book Sale – 2011!

If you’re looking for a great gift for a gardener, why not a book that will help them achieve success?! I have authored or co-authored several books that are specific for Georgia….perfect for the first time gardener or someone who...

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