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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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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

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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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 unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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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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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Planting – Perennials In Summer

Q: In spring, I planted some arborvitae and other shrubs but stopped for the summer months. I have noticed nurseries having great sales on perennials, shrubs, trees, etc. Can I buy plants now, keep them in the containers in my...

READ MORE

Redbuds – Ambrosia Beetles

Q: We have two large redbuds. One is in serious trouble due to ambrosia beetles; I sprayed it in late April with insecticide. Now I notice the other has “sawdust toothpicks”. Would a systemic treatment help? A: Sad to say,...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Origins and Purchase

Q: Do you know where I can buy an evergreen crepe myrtle in the Atlanta area? A: The crapemyrtles we grow in the upper South are deciduous: they lose their leaves every year. Southern crapemyrtles are typically Lagerstromea indica and...

READ MORE

Cinnamon Persimmon ( Hyakume) – Description and Recipe

Q: What can you tell me about cinnamon persimmons? A: The ‘Hyakume’ Asian persimmon is sometimes called Cinnamon Persimmon or Brown Sugar Persimmon. It is said to be one of the sweetest persimmons. It sometimes has flecks of brown in...

READ MORE

Staghorn Fern – Scale Insects

Q: I have a staghorn fern that has developed a bug on it. I have lost several leaves. Can you advise what this is and what I need to do to get rid of it. A: Probably brown soft scale...

READ MORE

Pine – Damaged by Termites and Rodents

Q: This tall pine has termite damage at the base that we just discovered last week. I’m worried that the tree could become weak and fall down and hit our house. A: Tree health specialist Chris Hastings www.arbormedics.com says that...

READ MORE

Tree Planting – Remove Wire Cage?

Q: I just had a local nursery plant Trident maples in my landscape. They planted them with the heavy wire cages around the root ball. Is that OK? A: I think it’s more important to remove the burlap when planting...

READ MORE

Tall Screen Tree – Savannah Holly

Q: I could use some quick advice. I’m about to plant some mature trees on my property line to provide a buffer from my neighbors. We need the trees to be about fifteen feet tall so I’ve decided to invest...

READ MORE

Water Oak – Welts and Blisters

Q: My water oak has welts and blisters on the front and back of leaves and new foliage that appears shriveled. What is it? A: Your tree has oak leaf blister. Most of the infected leaves will fall from the...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Homemade Weed Killer

Q: I saw online a recipe for homemade weed killer made from vinegar, salt and dishwashing liquid. I sprayed this on weeds in my bermuda lawn. Have I killed the bermuda grass too? A: You probably haven’t killed the grass....

READ MORE

Horsehair Worm – Identification

Q: I have a plastic half-barrel with water lilies growing in it. On one of the floating leaves I found a skinny black worm, thin as a hair. What is it? A: It’s probably a harmless horsehair worm. Despite their...

READ MORE

Basil – Stems Turning Brown

Q: I’m growing sweet basil indoors in a pot and I noticed that the stem was turning brown. Is there anything else I can do? A: It’s very difficult to be successful raising basil indoors. The plant needs full sunshine...

READ MORE

Blackberries – Trimming The Cane

Q: The six thornless blackberries I planted last year are yielding beautiful big blackberries but they also each put out a huge cane. Do I just let those go and train them on the wire or should they be cut...

READ MORE

Cats – Problems For Raised Beds

Q: Is there anything that will keep the neighborhood cats out of my raised beds? A: I think a well-aimed motion-activated sprinkler would send the cats skedaddling. Look online for the ConTech Scarecrow or the Havahart Spray Away. The cats...

READ MORE

Pumpkins – Planting In A Pot

Q: Can I plant pumpkin seeds in a pot and then let them spread and grow for Halloween? A: It will have to be a BIG pot! Pumpkins have a big root system, needed to supply water to their numerous...

READ MORE

Lemon Tree – Losing Leaves and Flowers

Q: I have a Meyer Lemon tree in a whiskey barrel planter. Every year when I bring it outdoors it drops its leaves and loses its flowers. A: I think it’s possible the lemon leaves are getting sunburned. Light levels...

READ MORE

Raspberries – Dark Purple Berries

Q: I planted raspberry canes a few years ago. The berries turn dark purple when they ripen. Are they black raspberries? A: There are several varieties of deep purple/black raspberry. They are best suited for gardens in the West and...

READ MORE

Peaches – Picking Your Own

Q: My family and I will be in Georgia at the end of June. Are there any farms where were can pick peaches? A: There are several pick-your-own farms within the greater metro Atlanta area. Most offer bathrooms, containers, and...

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

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

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

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 – 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