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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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    Q: When I asked subscribers to my “Georgia Gardener” e-mail newsletter for their experiences with propane-powered mosquito I expected a wide range of comments. Here’s one I didn’t expect: Does a propane powered mosquito get better gas mileage than a...

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  • Florida Betony – Control

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    Q: I have a tree in my backyard that must have been planted by the previous owners. I’ve tried to identify it through The National Arbor Day Foundation but I can’t figure it out. Can you look at these photographs...

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  • Tomatoes – Too much white meat

    Q: My husband, who is a retired Delta grain farmer, is trying his hand at growing tomatoes. We have tons of the tiny ones, which are very good. Our large tomatoes, are prolific enough, but most of them have a...

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  • Pre-emergents – information

    Q: I’ve heard you talk about pre-emergents on your show and I was wondering if I could use one on the plot of ground where I will be planting my fall patch of turnip greens and spinach. Every year, the...

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  • Concrete Dust – on plants

    Q: SOS!!! My husband had concrete driveway pad replaced; dust from concrete saw (used to break up old pad) covers my liriope, hosta, azaleas, impatiens, some iris. what is best way to remove it? I’m concerned it will change PH...

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  • Daylily – Reblooming

    Q: My Stella d’Oro daylilies bloom great at the first of summer and almost never after that. They are three years old and appear to be well established. I fertilize in early spring but I’m not sure how much and...

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  • Carrots – Growing

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  • Flowers – Moving and replanting

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  • Mulching – Correct Procedure

    Q: I’m confused about “proper mulching”. I see references everywhere that I’m supposed to mulch but no information on how to do it correctly. I’ve been told by a fellow gardener that I’m mulching too close to my plants. Could...

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Diagnosing Holes in the Yard

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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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  • 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...

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  • Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • 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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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Swimming Pool – Converting to Pond

Q: I have a swimming pool that is partially restored and have decided to fill it in and create a garden spot with possibly a small pond for wildlife to enjoy. It is a Gunite pool and it is currently...

READ MORE

Mosquito – Propane-powered

Q: When I asked subscribers to my “Georgia Gardener” e-mail newsletter for their experiences with propane-powered mosquito I expected a wide range of comments. Here’s one I didn’t expect: Does a propane powered mosquito get better gas mileage than a...

READ MORE

Windmill Palm – Planting Seeds

Q: I live in Lavonia, Ga. (Franklin County). have three Windmill Palms. They are in the 10 – 12 foot range..They are full of seeds this year and I would like to know when to collect and how/when to plant....

READ MORE

Florida Betony – Control

Q: I have Florida betony in my perennial beds and it is slowly taking over my entire garden. Nothing seems to control it. A: Florida betony is also called “rattlesnake weed” because its roots look like the end of a...

READ MORE

Coastal Bermuda Grass – Pros and Cons

Q: What are your thoughts on coastal bermuda as a lawn grass? Pros and cons please! A: The first con I can think of is that you’ll have to plant Coastal from sprigs. There is no seed or sod. A...

READ MORE

Dwarf Mondo Grass – Planting

Q: What can you tell me about dwarf mondo grass? Can you split the containers of plants or do they have to be planted as a unit? Doe it spread and can you dig up and transplant the grass? When...

READ MORE

Mockernut Hickory – Identification

Q: I have a tree in my backyard that must have been planted by the previous owners. I’ve tried to identify it through The National Arbor Day Foundation but I can’t figure it out. Can you look at these photographs...

READ MORE

Vegetable Garden – ‘Sterilizing’ soil

Q: My father has two vegetable gardens (totalling 800 sq ft) that he wants to “sterilize” dirt. He is concerned that due to size “rotation” of crops are not very effective. He is looking for dazomet(?) or basamid (?). He...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Too much white meat

Q: My husband, who is a retired Delta grain farmer, is trying his hand at growing tomatoes. We have tons of the tiny ones, which are very good. Our large tomatoes, are prolific enough, but most of them have a...

READ MORE

Pre-emergents – information

Q: I’ve heard you talk about pre-emergents on your show and I was wondering if I could use one on the plot of ground where I will be planting my fall patch of turnip greens and spinach. Every year, the...

READ MORE

Concrete Dust – on plants

Q: SOS!!! My husband had concrete driveway pad replaced; dust from concrete saw (used to break up old pad) covers my liriope, hosta, azaleas, impatiens, some iris. what is best way to remove it? I’m concerned it will change PH...

READ MORE

Daylily – Reblooming

Q: My Stella d’Oro daylilies bloom great at the first of summer and almost never after that. They are three years old and appear to be well established. I fertilize in early spring but I’m not sure how much and...

READ MORE

Carrots – Growing

Q: We are trying to grow carrots in our garden. I prepare the soil well and the other vegetables do great except the carrots. The carrots are very short and many have 2 or 3 short roots. What am I...

READ MORE

Composting – In Plastic Bags

Q: If I leave my shredded leaves in a plastic bag outdoors and punch small holes in the bag so rain water will wet them, will they compost by spring? A: The leaves will eventually decompose into compost but I...

READ MORE

Lawn – Aerator Sandals

Q: I recently bought aerator sandals with two inch spikes on the bottom. After I purchased them, my brother-in-law told me I wasted my money because aerator sandals do not really work. Are they really harmful to the grass or...

READ MORE

Wooly Hackberry Aphid – Control

Q: My sister lives in Montgomery, AL and her spring garden is infested with the “White Wooly Hackberry Flies”. Do you have any recommendations on how to get rid of these little guys, without spending a fortune? A: I think...

READ MORE

Flowers – Moving and replanting

Q: We sold our home very quickly. I had roses given as gifts from family and friends, daylilies and irises from my home where I grew up, some inherited from my greatgrandmother’s garden. We dug them up today! Please help...

READ MORE

Mulching – Correct Procedure

Q: I’m confused about “proper mulching”. I see references everywhere that I’m supposed to mulch but no information on how to do it correctly. I’ve been told by a fellow gardener that I’m mulching too close to my plants. Could...

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

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