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Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below, then choose your method of weed control. Remember: healthy, vigorous...

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“English Ivy Kills Trees” Sign – Who Places Them?

OK – my curiosity is killing me! Who puts up these signs at random spots around Atlanta? I’ve asked a number of arborists: No knowledge. I’ve posted it on Facebook; 21,000 people saw the post: lots of comments, but no answer. If you know, please email...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2014

I get real pleasure from travelling with folks who like to see the world. Going to Callaway Gardens was a real trip when I was a kid! Now I get to see the corners of the globe with gardeners (and spouses!) on trips I plan and host each year. In...

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UGA Vegetable Gardening Publications

With food prices high, folks have been thinking about growing some of their own food. Food gardening is not hard and it doesn’t have to take much room in your landscape. You can even do it in containers! These gardening publications are available on the Internet or ask for a...

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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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How to Get Your Gardening Questions Answered

My website contains just about EVERYTHING I have ever written. Try to find your answer here first, using one or two words in the SITE SEARCH line above. Sign up here for my Georgia Gardener e-mail newsletter For quick garden...

READ MORE

How to Build a Rain Barrel

Walter’s Rain Barrel Instructions Cobb County Rain Barrel Instructions I got my barrel from a roadside vendor in Loganville: 770 466 4284 Large plastic garbage cans make fine rain collectors as well. Many local hardware stores offer assembled rain barrels...

READ MORE

A Man and His Manure

I have had much experience with manure. Too much, in fact. Our small farm, in then-rural Fayette County, housed cows, chickens and the occasional mule. All of these animals produced incredible amounts of manure, both individually and as a group....

READ MORE

Changing Names – Just Call Me Frank

I have a friend whose middle name, given at birth, is Elizabeth. In the usual Southern tradition, she was immediately called “Betsy” by her family. She was “Betsy” throughout kindergarten, elementary school and high school. Hundreds of friends and family...

READ MORE

How to Find Special Plants

Sometimes a particular plant simply knocks your socks off. Maybe you see a picture in a magazine or hear it described on television. But when you go to your local nursery, they tell you that the plant is so new...

READ MORE

You Know You’re a Georgian If….

1. You can properly pronounce Chickamauga, DeKalb, Dahlonega, Senoia, Buena Vista, Valdosta, Okefenokee, and La Fayette. P.S. Atlanta = ADD-LANNA not AT-LANT-A.P.S.S. Fayetteville = FET-VUL (the county seat of FET COUNNY)P.S.S.S. and don’t even THINK that Houston county has anything...

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There is Power in the Mud!

My garden friend Ed emailed me with what he thought was a terrible mistake (“an unpardonable sin” in his words) that he’d made in his garden, having mis-heard something I’d said on radio. Fortunately it was only a miscommunication, probably...

READ MORE

Walter Cowart – Campbell County Chamber of Commerce

I’m always proud to find bits and pieces of the life of my grandfather, a progressive leader in Union City, East Point and other points south of Atlanta. I recently came upon this short announcement in Georgia magazine, dated October,...

READ MORE

Pepper

Capsicum annuum, Capsicum chinense, Capsicum frutescens Peppers are available in so many types and varieties that most gardeners stick to a few types that they will use in their recipes. The most familiar peppers are the bells: green-red, yellow, purple-lilac,...

READ MORE

How to Choose an Arborist

After hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms, tree care professionals do an excellent job clearing downed trees and repairing damage. On the other hand, some “tree experts” are expert only at taking money and chopping a tree into pieces. How does...

READ MORE

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When the kids are out of school you may be tempted to build a treehouse for them to play in during the summer. Before you head off with hammer, nails and planks in hand, plan your design to minimize damage...

READ MORE

How to Make Cheese Muffins

Molly Wilson’s cheese muffin recipe 2 sticks of very soft (almost melted) butter 1 cup of sour cream 2 cups of self-rising flour 2 cups of sharp cheese Add ingredients in order, hand-stirring after each one, in a big bowl....

READ MORE

How to Make Colored Flames for Fireplace

A reader recently asked me. “Do you know where I may obtain the formulae for the chemicals in which to soak pine cones that will cause them to produce colored flames when burned?” My answer took me back to my...

READ MORE

How to Make Ambrosia

Kathy Henderson hosted “The Lawn and Garden Show” on WSB for many years. One bit of information she featured each holiday season is still in demand: her ambrosia recipe. Kathy got the recipe from a friend. So that you can...

READ MORE

How to Choose a Landscape Maintenance Company

The slips of paper with scribbled phone numbers are passed from hand to hand surreptitiously at neighborhood gatherings. Phrases like “He’s fast and he’s good.“, “She really knows what she’s doing.” and “I trust them explicitly.” are whispered into attentive...

READ MORE

How To Use 1-800-ASKUGA-1

As far as I’m concerned, it’s magic. For years, I struggled with telling radio listeners how to telephone their local University of Georgia Extension office. With 159 counties in Georgia, each one having an Extension office and each one having...

READ MORE

How to Mulch Correctly

Though occasional rain is reassuring, the hot weather always reminds us that drought is persistent. I’ve gotten many questions recently about drought-proofing plants for the summer but one of the common themes has been inquiries about mulch A DeKalb gardener,...

READ MORE

Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

READ MORE

Diagnosing Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Pre-emergent Herbicide

One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

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Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

Brown patch is most prevalent on bermudagrass which has been heavily fertilized when night temperatures are above 68 degrees and day temperature are above 80 degrees. Dead patches of grass may start small but can grow and join together to...

READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

READ MORE