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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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  • Petunia – Growing From Seed

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  • History of Walter Reeves’ Radio Career

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  • Bruised Tree Trunk – Interior Damage

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  • Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry – Droopy

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  • St Ausustine Grass – Brown Patch Disease

    Q: What is wrong with our St Augustine grass? Noticed it on this hill after several days of rain this week with a fairly sudden onset. A: It looks very much like brown patch disease, Rhizoctonia solani, to me. The...

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  • Amaryllis – Care after Bloom

    Q: How do I care for an amaryllis after it blooms for Christmas? A: Once all of the flowers have opened and faded, cut the stiff bloom stalk at its base and remove it. Keep the pot, with its green...

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  • Bees Bite Mites!

    My beekeeping father would be tickled to learn that there is a new technique to fight Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. You’ve heard that beekeepers are losing their colonies at unexpected rates. Some blame insecticides, some blame weather, but all agree...

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  • France and Italy Trip – 2016

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  • Hydrangeas – Protect from Cold

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  • Tomato Leaves – Soaking to Make Insecticide

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  • Paperwhite Narcissus – Timed Planting

    Q: What is the timetable for starting paperwhites so that they will be at their peak before Christmas and during Christmas week? A: Paperwhite narcissus bulbs will bloom four to six weeks after they are planted. That puts the planting...

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  • Fruit Orchard – South Georgia

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  • Hollies – No Berries

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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  • 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...

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  • Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • 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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  • 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...

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  • 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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Cedar Sawdust – On Garden

Q:I do a lot of woodworking and have lots of sawdust. Last spring I put a layer of cedar sawdust on my vegetable garden. I was not happy with the plant growth I got from beans, eggplant, radishes, etc. Is...

READ MORE

Petunia – Growing From Seed

Q: I have a front yard flower bed. Can I successfully plant petunias by broadcasting the seed there? When is the best time to do it? A: Petunias can certainly be grown from seed but it’s usually done indoors or...

READ MORE

History of Walter Reeves’ Radio Career

1980 – 1991 Special guest on “Metro Extension 103”, forty 30-minute shows on V-103 FM. 1984 – 1986 Hosted 15 two-hour call-in gardening shows on WGST-AM, in rotation with other Extension service agents 1989 – 1994 Wrote and voiced 50...

READ MORE

Testing Potting Soil Quality

There are no hard and fast rules about how fast good quality potting soil should drain or how much water it should retain. Here is one way to compare the difference between two products you are considering. For each one:...

READ MORE

Mulch – Way Too Deep

Local landscape designer Lyle Collins noticed some  really deep mulch installed by a professional company around crapemyrtles. I see it too. It’s called “volcano mulching” and it is never good for trees. Moisture held around the trunk leads  to rot...

READ MORE

Bruised Tree Trunk – Interior Damage

Q: A few years ago this totally healthy oak was struck very hard by another falling tree. Eventually a wound developed. I decided to cut it down for safety of my home. However as you can see in the pictures,...

READ MORE

Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry – Droopy

Q: I have some Vanilla Strawberry hydrangeas that look beautiful in June/July but when they have lots of blooms and we get a heavy rain they droop over and can’t hold the weight. My local nursery expert told me to...

READ MORE

St Ausustine Grass – Brown Patch Disease

Q: What is wrong with our St Augustine grass? Noticed it on this hill after several days of rain this week with a fairly sudden onset. A: It looks very much like brown patch disease, Rhizoctonia solani, to me. The...

READ MORE

Lawn and Garden Radio Show – Why so Many Ads?

Q: I have really enjoyed your Sat. radioshow over the years, but, why, why, why do you have so many commercial breaks ???? This really cuts down on the time for Q and A. A: This is a frequent question I get...

READ MORE

Amaryllis – Care after Bloom

Q: How do I care for an amaryllis after it blooms for Christmas? A: Once all of the flowers have opened and faded, cut the stiff bloom stalk at its base and remove it. Keep the pot, with its green...

READ MORE

Bees Bite Mites!

My beekeeping father would be tickled to learn that there is a new technique to fight Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. You’ve heard that beekeepers are losing their colonies at unexpected rates. Some blame insecticides, some blame weather, but all agree...

READ MORE

France and Italy Trip – 2016

In response to several requests, I’m hosting a trip to southern France and Italy on May 29 – June 9, 2016! Northern Italy, Southern France and Provence seem to make seasoned travelers swoon. “It is just so beautiful… and the...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Protect from Cold

Hydrangeas are beautiful in summer but flowering can be damaged by cold winters. Particularly damaging is a winter warm spell followed by a hard freeze. I’ve seen bushes wrapped like lollipops with white sheets and I have seen quilts flung...

READ MORE

Tomato Leaves – Soaking to Make Insecticide

Q: Does the organic pest control method of steeping cut tomato leaves in water overnight and then spraying on plants work? A: I’ve heard of gardeners doing this but no one has yet reported their results. Scientists have experimented with...

READ MORE

Paperwhite Narcissus – Timed Planting

Q: What is the timetable for starting paperwhites so that they will be at their peak before Christmas and during Christmas week? A: Paperwhite narcissus bulbs will bloom four to six weeks after they are planted. That puts the planting...

READ MORE

Fruit Orchard – South Georgia

Q: We are moving to Bacon County, in southeast Georgia, and I have five acres to play with. I have visions of a backyard fruit orchard dancing in my head! Where do I go for information on the what and...

READ MORE

Pecan Leaves – Not For Mulch

Q: Are pecan leaves good to mulch a garden? The local Cub Scout pack will be raking leaves at church and I’m planning to put them on our community garden there. A: It’s well-known that juglone, a chemical in walnut...

READ MORE

Hollies – No Berries

Q: All the hollies I see have no berries this year. What event occurred to cause this phenomenon? A: I went out back and spoke to my holly friends Nellie, Savannah, Foster, and Burford. They all reported copious berries this...

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 (Identifying) 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 Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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

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

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

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

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