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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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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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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 unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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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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  • Hellebores – Frozen

    Q: The extreme cold seemingly froze the blooms on my hellebores. Is it possible they’ll recover and make seeds this year? A: My hellebore plants were severely wilted after each of the severe cold snaps we’ve had this winter. Even...

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Fig Tree – New Growth

Q: My eight-year old fig tree was damaged by cold last winter. In years before it made tons of figs. We cut back the dead parts but from those big branches grew many shoots growing straight up. Last summer there...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Transplanting

Q: I need to transplant a mature hydrangea from my son’s present yard to his new home. I need to dig it up now but cannot replant it for a couple of weeks. A: This should be easy. Soak the...

READ MORE

Dogwoods – Planting Close Together

Q: I would like to plant dogwoods in memory of a loved one. I would like to plant a white, a pink and a red dogwood together so they fuse into one mass with three colors. Will that work? A:...

READ MORE

Newspaper – Attracting Termites

Q: What item can be used to block weeds in a flower bed? I have been using newspaper, which works great but I’ve been told it can attract termites. A: The newspaper can attract termites, but so does every limb...

READ MORE

Begonia – Overwintering

Q: I have overwintered some angel wing begonias. When I move them back outside, do I cut all the old growth off? A: If the existing leaves are not brown, you can leave them on the plant until night temperatures...

READ MORE

Slugs – Eating Leaves

Q: I have several clay pots that I buried in my flower beds to plant annuals in every year. I have a problem with slugs eating the leaves. If I paint my clay pots with copper spray paint would that...

READ MORE

Ivy – Rooting

Q: I have a small decorative area of English ivy. A couple of years back I expanded the area and purchased several ivy plants at a big box store. The label said “English ivy” but I noticed the leaves were...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Planting Beside

Q: I just planted a four-foot tall kousa dogwood in a slightly raised bed. Do you have any plant suggestions I can put in around it that will not hurt the roots? A: I can think of several shallow-rooted plants...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Dead Foliage

Q: I have several Encore azaleas that have been hit hard by cold weather. Last year pruned them back drastically late March. They regrew and bloomed in October. This year it is worse! All foliage has died and most has...

READ MORE

Sod – Weed Protection

Q: I planted zoysia sod in November. Now I see weeds coming up between the sections of sod. Is it time for a weed killer? A: I don’t recommend applying herbicide to grass that isn’t fully rooted. Zoysia planted in...

READ MORE

Hellebores – Frozen

Q: The extreme cold seemingly froze the blooms on my hellebores. Is it possible they’ll recover and make seeds this year? A: My hellebore plants were severely wilted after each of the severe cold snaps we’ve had this winter. Even...

READ MORE

Finding An Arborist

Q: Can you recommend an arborist that covers Rockdale County? A: There are so many good arborists in the metro area that I can’t recommend just one. Your best bet is to go to the website of the Georgia Arborist...

READ MORE

Fescue – Planting Mid-March

Q: I have lots of leaves falling on my lawn when I plant fescue seed in the fall. They either smother the new grass or the seeds don’t take root fast enough to prevent them from coming up during gentle...

READ MORE

Butterfly Bush – Termites

Q: I had to remove a beautiful Davidii butterfly bush. One of the branches broke off near the root and I found borers. Is there a way to prevent borers in the replacement bush? A: My bet is that the...

READ MORE

Cypress – Topping

Q: We recently hired a landscape architect to plan our landscape. He recommended topping our big Leyland cypresses to make a tall hedge. Is that OK? A: The only reason I’m not a fan of topping Leyland cypress is that...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Moving Time

Q: When is the best time to move established hydrangeas? I have two that are being smothered by other larger hydrangeas. A: I think any time between December and mid-March is good for moving hydrangeas. If the soil is soft,...

READ MORE

Sod – Bare Spots

Q: I believe my current grass is centipede sod. Can I fill in bare spots with centipede seed? A: Sure, overseeding is a fine way to thicken centipedegrass sod growing in full sun. The best time to scatter seed is...

READ MORE

Compost – Grass Clippings

Q: I save my bermuda clippings by piling them up at the back of my lot. At the end of the season I use the clippings for mulch and then top dress with pine straw. Am I helping my plants...

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 (Identifying) 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

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 – 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

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

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