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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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Cuba Trip 2013 – Gardens and Farms

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip 2013 – Cuban People

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip 2013 – Our Tour Group

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip 2013 – Pictures

I recently returned from my second trip to a country that fascinates me: Cuba. This was a legal “people to people” trip, permitted and sanctioned by the U.S. State Department. Accompanied by 30 equally fascinating travelers, we were able to visit organic...

READ MORE

Banana – Insulating With Leaves

Q: I have had a banana tree for five years. I was told that bananas will not grow on the tree. For four years there was nothing but this year I noticed a growth on one of the trees. A:...

READ MORE

Fig Sap – Poisonous?

Q: I’ve never heard a caution about how toxic the sap from a fig bush can be. In my case, I pruned a bush without a shirt on and got the sap all over me. When the sap gets on...

READ MORE

The Old Cow’s Tail Hangs Down Behind

Q: My wife and I saw you at the Home & Garden Show and loved the song you sang while waiting for the Noon start time. It concerned a cow. Please post the lyrics and associated melody on your website....

READ MORE

Pecan – Dropping Big Limbs

Q: We have a 60+ year old pecan tree that is dropping limbs. We’ve been told that pecan trees are self pruning. Is there a way to stop the limbs from dropping? The tree appears healthy with no visible damage...

READ MORE

Kousa Dogwood – Wolf Eye

Q: This was planted in late June for our new home landscape. Is this a dogwood? Is it normal for the leaves to curl? A: It’s a ‘Wolf Eye’ kousa dogwood, one of my favorites. I think the curled leaves...

READ MORE

Mandevilla – Seed Pods

Q: There are some strange-looking “sticks” growing from my mandevilla. A: Break out the cigars….you have seed pods! If you let them dry until brown they will split and show a bunch of seeds that have fluffy white tails, like...

READ MORE

Apple – Sooty Blotch on Skin

Q: I planted couple of apple trees and this year I have a number of fruits. But I see black spots on them. I am wondering if this is some kind of disease and how I can prevent it. Are...

READ MORE

Groundhog (Woodchuck) – Control

Q: I have a problem with a groundhog that is eating the leaves off my hot pepper plants in Gordon County The only solution I can come up with is to put chicken coop wire around the plants. A: If...

READ MORE

Spider Webs – In Shrubbery

Q: We have a ton of spider webs in our shrubbery. My neighbor and I were concerned if this is an aggressive spider that is very busy or is it something else? A: Fall is a great time of year...

READ MORE

Windmill Palm – Bud Rot

Q: I am worried about our windmill palm. All the new leaves at the top are dead. We have not had a live new leaf this year. We have had the palm since it was two feet high and it...

READ MORE

Tree Hole (Cavity) – Filling?

Q: I have a river birch tree from which I had to cut a large section near the base. I covered it with pruning sealer but after a year I noticed decay has left a big hole. I cleaned it...

READ MORE

Black Twig Borer – Sweet Bay Magnolia

Q: My 5+ year old sweet bay has some dead branches. When I cut open the branch there were small black beetles inside. Do you have an idea what is going on? A: I’m seeing more and more example of...

READ MORE

Why Are Jerusalem Artichoke and Jerusalem Cherry So Named?

Q: Why are Jerusalem cherry and Jerusalem artichoke so-named? What do they have to do with the Holy Land? A: Email me if you have better answers than these: Dr. Douglas A. Bailey, UGA Department of Horticulture: To my knowledge...

READ MORE

Lady Banks Rose – Too Big for Arbor

Q: In 2001 my husband built a beautiful arbor for my Lady Banks rose . In April 2005 she was beautiful on the arbor, bloomed profusely, everything was lovely. Now, for the past several years she has totally covered the...

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