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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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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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READ MORE

Penoies – Planting Temperature

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READ MORE

Hummingbirds – Spiderwebs

Q: Back in late spring I noticed my first hummer of the year. It seemed to be concerned about a spider web near my feeder. I removed that web but saw it closely examining another spider web nearby. Why? A:...

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Q: My wife and I are having a discussion about our Meyer zoysia. I have always mowed it one inch high. My wife believes that I should mow it at two to three inches high. A: Mowing at one inch...

READ MORE

Bermuda Sod – November Planting

Q: Our new home will be finished by December 1. This means the builder will be laying bermuda sod in November! Is this a problem? A: If the lawn area is thoroughly tilled and is limed and fertilized beforehand in...

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Crapemyrtle – Unpruned

Q: Everywhere I look there are crape myrtles that are regularly trimmed back in various manners. What would happen if one is just allowed to grow? How tall would it get? A: It’s fine to leave crapemyrtles unpruned. As long...

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READ MORE

Armadillos – Yellowjacket Nests

Q: A neighbor has a theory that armadillos in our area eat yellowjacket nests. He said he always gets stung in summer but for the last few years he has not been stung and he attributes it to the arrival...

READ MORE

Yellowjackets – Nesting

Q: Every year I have a nest of yellowjackets in my yard. Last Sunday I found the newest nest (i.e. I got stung three times).Is there anything I can do so that yellowjackets will not be attracted to my yard?...

READ MORE

Bonsai – Soil Care

Q: Do you have any advice on the best soil composition for a bonsai tree indoors? A: Several “tree-like” indoor plants can be trained to have the classic bonsai look. Jade plant, ficus and Norfolk Island pine are prime candidates....

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Persistent Saplings

Q: I have a fescue lawn that constantly yields small sweetgum saplings from a tree that was cut down five years ago. What is the best method to insure that I kill each sapling? A: Honestly, the best way is...

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

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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...

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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

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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...

READ MORE