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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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  • Fruiting Plants – Propagation

    When you enjoy a juicy peach or crisp apple, it is tempting to try to propagate the plant for your own garden. This publication from the University of Georgia gives all of the options you might consider. Propagating Fruit...

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  • Ecinacea – No Remedy for Colds

    Study: Echinacea no cold remedy Alicia Chang – Associated Press Thursday, July 28, 2005 Being sick with a cold is nothing to sneeze at, but new research finds that taking the popular herbal remedy echinacea does nothing to treat or...

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  • Vegetables – Pollination

    One of the most delightfully informative garden books I’ve ever read is “Sex in Your Garden” by Angela Overy (Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95). Ms. Overy (yup, that’s her real name!) describes how plants use false advertisements, bribes, perfume and sometimes pseudo-copulation...

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  • Growing Seedless Watermelons

    If you’ve enjoyed a delicious seedless watermelon, you might wonder how they are grown. It starts by treating watermelon seedlings with a chemical that makes the plant have 4 times (4X) the normal number of chromosomes. After planting, when this...

    READ MORE

  • Vegetables – When to Harvest

    For a blueberry, it’s easy to tell when it’s ripe: deep blue means it’s time to harvest. But for corn or Irish potatoes or watermelons, it’s not that easy. Fortunately, horticulturists Willie Chance and Darbie Granberry have authored a very...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – January

    FIRST WEEK: • Prepare beds for bare-root roses that will soon arrive in nurseries. Dig an area four feet wide and twelve inches deep for each plant, adding plenty of soil conditioner to the soil. see Rose Buying and Planting...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – February

    FIRST WEEK: • Prune apple and pear trees now – but postpone peach pruning until mid-March. see Home Garden Apples • It’s dangerous to spray glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on bermudagrass, even if you think it is completely dormant. Make sure no...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – March

    FIRST WEEK: Fertilize pansies. Since the soil is warming, use any water soluble houseplant fertilizer, one half pint to one pint of solution per plant. see Success With Pansies Cut most of the green foliage off of tattered liriope. A...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – May

    FIRST WEEK: • No matter which grass, your turf will look its best if you follow a calendar of maintenance tasks. Download your lawn calendar at Lawn Care Calendars. • Treat for azalea lace bugs if you’ve had problems in...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – June

    FIRST WEEK: • How much water should you apply? Each week a shrub needs one gallon per foot of height. Visit Shrub Watering • Low limbs in the way when you mow? You can safely remove one fourth of the...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – July

    FIRST WEEK: Choosing a watermelon for the Fourth? Slap it to determine ripeness. Good ones sound hollow; unripe ones sound like you’re hitting solid wood. Regularly remove faded flowers from salvia, zinnia, coneflower and especially petunia. This will encourage bushiness...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – August

    FIRST WEEK: Water figs deeply now as they begin to ripen. Harvest every morning, before the birds can do their damage. More details: Growing Figs in Georgia The soil in outdoor clay pots dries out quickly. Poke holes in it...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – September

    FIRST WEEK: Fertilize salvia and chrysanthemums with liquid plant food. They will reward you with lots of blooms later this fall. see Fertilizing Annuals Examine your flower beds for tired out perennials like Shasta daisy, black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower....

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – October

    FIRST WEEK: Fall fescue planting season officially begins! Watering restrictions are still in force in many places so make SURE you have good soil-seed contact. Aerate before seeding, roll afterwards, water when you can.  see Fescue Planting 1-2-3 Last chance...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – November

    FIRST WEEK: Blow or rake fallen leaves regularly from newly planted fescue lawns. Remove as many acorns as possible from all lawns. see Removing Leaves from New Lawn This is the best time to plant spring-flowering bulbs now that the...

    READ MORE

  • Seasonal Calendar – December

    FIRST WEEK: Continue to spot-spray or dig out chickweed, violets and wild onions you find in your lawn.  see Chickweed Control Rake the last of the fall leaves from your lawn. If you leave a pile of wet, matted leaves now...

    READ MORE

  • Ficus

    Q: I just moved my ficus to a bigger pot and all the leaves have fallen off except four. Is there anything I should do? I have not applied any fertilizer to the tree in a while. A: Weeping ficus...

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  • Geraniums – Bringing Indoors

    Those fiery red blooms look pretty ragged in late fall so this is a fine time to think about keeping them for the winter. There are three methods: keep them potted indoors in a sunny window, store them “roots, soil...

    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...

    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 – 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

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Fruiting Plants – Propagation

When you enjoy a juicy peach or crisp apple, it is tempting to try to propagate the plant for your own garden. This publication from the University of Georgia gives all of the options you might consider. Propagating Fruit...

READ MORE

Ecinacea – No Remedy for Colds

Study: Echinacea no cold remedy Alicia Chang – Associated Press Thursday, July 28, 2005 Being sick with a cold is nothing to sneeze at, but new research finds that taking the popular herbal remedy echinacea does nothing to treat or...

READ MORE

Vegetables – Pollination

One of the most delightfully informative garden books I’ve ever read is “Sex in Your Garden” by Angela Overy (Fulcrum Publishing, $19.95). Ms. Overy (yup, that’s her real name!) describes how plants use false advertisements, bribes, perfume and sometimes pseudo-copulation...

READ MORE

Growing Seedless Watermelons

If you’ve enjoyed a delicious seedless watermelon, you might wonder how they are grown. It starts by treating watermelon seedlings with a chemical that makes the plant have 4 times (4X) the normal number of chromosomes. After planting, when this...

READ MORE

Vegetables – When to Harvest

For a blueberry, it’s easy to tell when it’s ripe: deep blue means it’s time to harvest. But for corn or Irish potatoes or watermelons, it’s not that easy. Fortunately, horticulturists Willie Chance and Darbie Granberry have authored a very...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – January

FIRST WEEK: • Prepare beds for bare-root roses that will soon arrive in nurseries. Dig an area four feet wide and twelve inches deep for each plant, adding plenty of soil conditioner to the soil. see Rose Buying and Planting...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – February

FIRST WEEK: • Prune apple and pear trees now – but postpone peach pruning until mid-March. see Home Garden Apples • It’s dangerous to spray glyphosate (Roundup, etc) on bermudagrass, even if you think it is completely dormant. Make sure no...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – March

FIRST WEEK: Fertilize pansies. Since the soil is warming, use any water soluble houseplant fertilizer, one half pint to one pint of solution per plant. see Success With Pansies Cut most of the green foliage off of tattered liriope. A...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – May

FIRST WEEK: • No matter which grass, your turf will look its best if you follow a calendar of maintenance tasks. Download your lawn calendar at Lawn Care Calendars. • Treat for azalea lace bugs if you’ve had problems in...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – June

FIRST WEEK: • How much water should you apply? Each week a shrub needs one gallon per foot of height. Visit Shrub Watering • Low limbs in the way when you mow? You can safely remove one fourth of the...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – July

FIRST WEEK: Choosing a watermelon for the Fourth? Slap it to determine ripeness. Good ones sound hollow; unripe ones sound like you’re hitting solid wood. Regularly remove faded flowers from salvia, zinnia, coneflower and especially petunia. This will encourage bushiness...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – August

FIRST WEEK: Water figs deeply now as they begin to ripen. Harvest every morning, before the birds can do their damage. More details: Growing Figs in Georgia The soil in outdoor clay pots dries out quickly. Poke holes in it...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – September

FIRST WEEK: Fertilize salvia and chrysanthemums with liquid plant food. They will reward you with lots of blooms later this fall. see Fertilizing Annuals Examine your flower beds for tired out perennials like Shasta daisy, black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower....

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – October

FIRST WEEK: Fall fescue planting season officially begins! Watering restrictions are still in force in many places so make SURE you have good soil-seed contact. Aerate before seeding, roll afterwards, water when you can.  see Fescue Planting 1-2-3 Last chance...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – November

FIRST WEEK: Blow or rake fallen leaves regularly from newly planted fescue lawns. Remove as many acorns as possible from all lawns. see Removing Leaves from New Lawn This is the best time to plant spring-flowering bulbs now that the...

READ MORE

Seasonal Calendar – December

FIRST WEEK: Continue to spot-spray or dig out chickweed, violets and wild onions you find in your lawn.  see Chickweed Control Rake the last of the fall leaves from your lawn. If you leave a pile of wet, matted leaves now...

READ MORE

Ficus

Q: I just moved my ficus to a bigger pot and all the leaves have fallen off except four. Is there anything I should do? I have not applied any fertilizer to the tree in a while. A: Weeping ficus...

READ MORE

Geraniums – Bringing Indoors

Those fiery red blooms look pretty ragged in late fall so this is a fine time to think about keeping them for the winter. There are three methods: keep them potted indoors in a sunny window, store them “roots, soil...

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...

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 – 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

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