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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...

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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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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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  • Japanese Beetles – Employment for Son

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  • Termites -Control, Contracts

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  • Insects – On Patio Plants

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  • Lady Beetle (Ladybug) – Traps

    One ladybug is a curiosity. Four ladybugs are beneficial insects. But hundreds of ladybugs are a downright nuisance! They march across the dining room table, they crawl up the living room drapes. They make a crackly mess when stepped on...

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  • Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Scientific Research (easy to understand)

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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,...

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  • 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...

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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 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...

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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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  • 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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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Messenger (harpin protein) – For Plant Protection

When scientists at Cornell University investigated the response plants have to disease, they discovered an interesting fact: if a plant “thinks” it is about to be attacked, it can thicken its cell walls and concentrate its defensive reserves… and thus...

READ MORE

Pesticide Misuse – “People Dumber Than Us”

In a great example of public service, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation collects and releases example of people mis-using pesticides. Some typical cases: In Los Angeles, a woman borrowed a half-cup of pine oil disinfectant from a neighbor and...

READ MORE

Digger Wasps

October, 1995Digger wasps are insect inhabitants which usually do not damage the turf grass. They can be present in all turf grasses however. This wasp is about l 1/2 inches long and has bright yellow markings on its body. The...

READ MORE

Basic Tools for Beginning Gardeners

Here is my list of basic tools for beginning gardeners. Give it the once-over and email me if you think I’ve left something out. DIGGING TOOLS Round point shovel – I like a long handle more than a short handle....

READ MORE

Japanese Beetles – Employment for Son

Few things are more disheartening than finding three little Japanese beetle bottoms sticking merrily in the air as they munch the center of a perfect rose bloom. I have ‘em and they are very well fed. Fortunately, I also have...

READ MORE

Pesticides – Disposing

When my father died a few years ago our family faced a situation familiar to many: disposing of his pesticides. In his sixty-five years of small-time farming he had accumulated multiple sprays for his orchard, dusts for the cows and...

READ MORE

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – Donate

The State of Georgia desperately needs your help. As you have probably heard, the hemlock trees in North Georgia are now under attack by a tiny insect called the hemlock woolly adelgid. At present it is devastating hemlocks in Rabun...

READ MORE

Pesticides – Dissipation Rate

If you’re concerned about how long various pesticides stay in your lawn, this excerpt from HORTIDEAS gives a good, scientifically-based comparison. Only the active ingredient chemicals are listed…you’ll have to do a bit of research to figure out which brand...

READ MORE

Tadpole Identification, Frog Calls

My Rockdale county Extension friend Jule-Lynn Macie says “In 19 years I’ve never been asked to identify a tadpole, but just in case – try this website: The Southeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative of the UnitedStates Geological Survey announces...

READ MORE

Spinosad – New Insecticide

Gardeners are always on the lookout for insecticides that are made from natural sources. Spinosad is a nerve toxin derived from a naturally-occurring bacterium, Saccropolyspora spinosa. It is available as a general-purpose insecticide in Green Light Lawn and Garden Spray....

READ MORE

Termites -Control, Contracts

Dr. Beverly Sparks, Extension Service entomologist, has compiled a list of the most frequently-asked questions about termite control. Here are her thoughts: Q: How soon after I discover termites should I have the infested structure treated? A: In most cases,...

READ MORE

Chlordane – Gardening Nearby

For many years, homes were treated with chlordane to kill termites. In 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use due to health concerns. If you grow edible plants near your home’s foundation, you might be concerned about the possibility...

READ MORE

Insects – On Patio Plants

Porch and patio plants can carry aphids and spider mites when you bring them inside each fall. First, examine the underside of their leaves, looking for live insects, their cast off skins or their brown fecal drops. If you find...

READ MORE

Bird Mites – Pesticide Mis-use

Beware of free pest control advice; it can be very expensive. A client called Dr. Paul Guillebeau with a serious problem. Upon the advice of a sincere retail clerk, they applied so much pesticide that their house was uninhabitable. When...

READ MORE

Lady Beetle (Ladybug) – Traps

One ladybug is a curiosity. Four ladybugs are beneficial insects. But hundreds of ladybugs are a downright nuisance! They march across the dining room table, they crawl up the living room drapes. They make a crackly mess when stepped on...

READ MORE

Image Herbicide Products – Labels

It is difficult to keep up with all of the situations in which herbicides can and cannot be used. Here are the labels for all of the Image brand...

READ MORE

Vantage Herbicide – Label

It is difficult to keep up with all of the situations in which herbicides can and cannot be used. Sethoxydim (Vantage, Poast, etc) is irregularly available but can be a useful herbicide. Here is its label. Vantage...

READ MORE

Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Scientific Research (easy to understand)

Scientific papers are usually mind-numbing. However, we have to know LOTS more about the Asian mbrosia beetle (AAB) before we can find an effective way to control it. These two Extension reports give a good overview. Mississippi Extension Fact SheetArkansas...

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

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 – 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

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