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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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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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READ MORE

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Q: There is a big hackberry tree in my back yard that provides welcome shade to our deck; we tolerate the leaves it also drops. This fall the deck was covered with a sticky, saplike substance that turned a bright...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Scalping

Q: I’m planning on scalping my newly installed bermuda lawn next spring. I’ve let it grow four inches tall. Is it okay to cut two to three inches off the grass then? A: It’s fine to remove the dead grass...

READ MORE

Farm – Proper Zoning

Q: We are under contract to buy a seven acre property just outside the Perimeter. It has a nice house and a horse barn with different sections of fencing for livestock. We want to make this an after school/camp/birthday party/farm-styled...

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Lantana – Pruning

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Mushrooms – Removal

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READ MORE

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Q: I planted wildflower seed a couple of years ago and they look great but the weeds almost overpower them. I mow the area in the fall but the weeds and thick grasses all come back. A: The name wildflower...

READ MORE

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Q: I need something to keep a very steep hillside from eroding and I thought of the grass that GDOT plants along the roadsides. It seems to be drought tolerant and low maintenance. Any idea what it might be? A:...

READ MORE

Porcupine Grass – Pruning

Q: I planted some porcupine grass this spring. Now the clumps are sending out long plumes that I don’t like. Can I cut off the plumes now so the whole plant will be the same height? A: Porcupine grass, Miscanthus...

READ MORE

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Q: We have a variegated corn plant which we put outside in warm weather and bring back in for winter. It has grown too tall to bring in the house. Is there a proper way to prune it? A: You...

READ MORE

Chameleon Plant – Removal

Q: Several years ago you warned me that hottuynia (chameleon plant, Hot Tuna plant, etc) was invasive. I planted it anyway. Now it has smothered my liriope and continues its onward march. I have to confess I was wrong! A:...

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

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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

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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...

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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...

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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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