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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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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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New varieties of turfgrass come along every year, promising that they are markedly superior to existing grasses. Such is the case with ‘Thermal Blue’ bluegrass. Since I have had no experience with it, I asked Dr. David Han, Extension Turfgrass...

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When a radio listener asked me about a new bluegrass for Georgia, I had to admit I’d never heard of it. Fortunately, I rely on scientists, not marketers, to help me make judgements on whether a grass will grow in...

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Take-all patch has become a problem for St. Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass and bermudagrass lawns. It seems to be related to soil pH (acidity) problems as well as manganese deficiency. I asked Alfredo Martinez, PhD, Extension Plant Pathologist to comment on an...

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Dr. Mark Czarnota is the Weed Wizard for weeds in ornamentals. These publications may help in situations you are faced with: Weed Control in Greenhouses Weed Control: Control Crabgrass (Digitaria spp.) in Ornamentals Weed Control: Controlling Florida Betony in the Landscape Weed...

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Weather – Effect on Plants

Shannon Pable had a look of concern on her face when she described what happened to her Carolina jessamine vine. “It looked like the base of the vine exploded!” she confided. “Now all the leaves above that point are dead....

READ MORE

UGA Plant Disease Publications

The following publications about diseases of plants are available online from the University of Georgia.   Blossom-End Rot  of Pepper and Tomato   Common Landscape Diseases in Georgia   Diseases of the Home Orchard    Diseases of Leyland Cypress in...

READ MORE

UGA Flower, Tree and Shrub Publications

The following publications about ornamentals are available online from the University of Georgia Beyond Butterflies: Gardening for Native Pollinators Plant Trees Right Growing Ferns Pampas Grass Junipers Landscape Plants for Georgia Liriope Culture in Georgia Selecting and Growing Azaleas Shade...

READ MORE

Trees – Transplanting

A couple of weeks ago I detailed Dr. Tim Smalley’s techniques for moving shrubbery. His horticulture students also get plenty of practice transplanting trees when they tire of moving shrubs. With the soil as moist as it is, this is...

READ MORE

Taming Landscape Erosion

For the first two weeks in June I felt like Sisyphus, the Greek legend who was condemned to push a boulder up a hill whereupon it fell back down the hill and he started rolling once again. I believe I...

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

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READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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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

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

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