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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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  • 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

  • Science vs Pseudo-science

    One of the most ill-informed decisions of my life was to major in chemistry in college. Sure, I had excelled in the subject in high school. I could make my own gunpowder from ingredients bought at the pharmacy in town....

    READ MORE

  • Paperwhite Narcissus – Keeping Short – Science Project

    Tired of floppy paperwhites?? Acording to Beth Jarvis from the University of Minnesota, if you’re bummed because your paperwhite nasrcissus always flop over, help is at hand. No, you don’t need to stake or tie them, just keep them mildly...

    READ MORE

  • Ficus – Bringing Indoors

    The Ficus benjamina is famous for making tremendous growth while outdoors in the heat of a Georgia summer. But it is equally famous for dropping copious quantities of leaves when brought indoors for the winter. The plant is just trying...

    READ MORE

  • Ferns – Bringing Indoors

    Most fern baskets must be divided each year. Otherwise, the root mass simply holds too much water and root rot begins. It is difficult for homeowners to duplicate greenhouse conditions during cold weather but try these tips: 1. Cut the...

    READ MORE

  • Christmas cactus – Good Description

    This excellent article tells all you need to know about these holliday favorites. Holiday Cacti Chris Currey, University of Minnesota Graduate Student (this article is no longer online, so the images are gone) Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus, Easter cactus…what about...

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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,...

    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

  • 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

    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

  • 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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  • 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

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

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

Science vs Pseudo-science

One of the most ill-informed decisions of my life was to major in chemistry in college. Sure, I had excelled in the subject in high school. I could make my own gunpowder from ingredients bought at the pharmacy in town....

READ MORE

Paperwhite Narcissus – Keeping Short – Science Project

Tired of floppy paperwhites?? Acording to Beth Jarvis from the University of Minnesota, if you’re bummed because your paperwhite nasrcissus always flop over, help is at hand. No, you don’t need to stake or tie them, just keep them mildly...

READ MORE

Ficus – Bringing Indoors

The Ficus benjamina is famous for making tremendous growth while outdoors in the heat of a Georgia summer. But it is equally famous for dropping copious quantities of leaves when brought indoors for the winter. The plant is just trying...

READ MORE

Ferns – Bringing Indoors

Most fern baskets must be divided each year. Otherwise, the root mass simply holds too much water and root rot begins. It is difficult for homeowners to duplicate greenhouse conditions during cold weather but try these tips: 1. Cut the...

READ MORE

Christmas cactus – Good Description

This excellent article tells all you need to know about these holliday favorites. Holiday Cacti Chris Currey, University of Minnesota Graduate Student (this article is no longer online, so the images are gone) Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus, Easter cactus…what about...

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

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

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

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 – 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