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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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  • Muscadine – Pruning

    Q: I have inherited the care of some unpruned muscadines. How do I re-train these vines for optimal production? A: Go to your muscadine vines and hold one of the long, whip-like, sprangly branches that grew last year. Follow it...

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  • Compost Pile – White Roots

    Q: We have a large compost pile and every time we dig in it the soil is full of what we call angel hair roots. Tiny and white, they grow in it even if we keep pile covered. A:The tiny...

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  • Huckleberry – What Is It

    Q: We are taking care of my elderly parents’ home in a subdivision named Huckleberry Ridge. What are huckleberries? Will they grow here? A: “Huckleberry” is a name given to several plants. True huckleberry is Gaylussacia baccata. It grows mostly...

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  • Allergies – Mid Winter

    Q: In mid-January, my eyes became really itchy, puffy, and swollen. This happened to me last year as well. Allergists say I am likely allergic to some sort of pollen. What is making pollen this time of year? A: I...

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  • Wild Onions – Edible

    Q: At a neighborhood dinner a guest said he planned to pick the wild onions in his yard and use them in recipes. Are they edible? A: The “wild onions” we notice in lawns now are probably wild garlic, Allium...

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  • Oak – Planting Beneath

    Q: I have a huge oak that has a lot of moss growing under it. We can’t get anything to grow under this tree. A: A healthy oak has lots of leaves which catch almost all of the sunshine streaming...

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  • Vegetable Garden – Stink Bugs

    Q: I have a small vegetable garden where I grow tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant. It has been infested by stink bugs for three years running. What can I use to control them that won’t hurt my honeybees? A: Brown...

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  • Alumroot – Potted and Pretty

    Q: On a recent radio show you mentioned a plant that goes well with autumn fern. It sounded like yureka or alaroot. Please clarify. A: I was bragging on my heuchera plants, also known as alumroot. The leaves are very...

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  • Vetch – Removal

    Q: I’m using glyphosate on my prolific purple vetch weed, which grows rapidly and pops up everywhere in spring! What eradicates it permanently? A: Nothing eradicates vetch permanently. You’ll have to deal with it occasionally if there are any uncontrolled...

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  • Loropetalums – Winter Pruning

    Q: I have some large, ten-year old loropetalums that are seven feet tall. Can I prune them down to three feet tall right now? A: You’ll be pruning away the flower buds for spring bloom if you do it now...

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  • Snakes – Hibernation Habits

    Q: Will poisonous snakes hibernate in a compost pile? I’m concerned about turning it and finding one. A: Yes, snakes of all kinds can hibernate in compost piles, leaf piles, rock piles and firewood piles. Even so, the chance of...

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  • Sod – Sandy Soil

    Q: I just moved to southeast Georgia and the soil in my backyard is pretty much the consistency of beach sand. Should I apply some type of top soil before planting sod? A: I think that any soil conditioner you...

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  • Earthstar – Lawn Mushroom

    Q: My granddaughter came across an odd looking, dark brown “bowl” of loose “dust” in my dormant bermuda lawn. I found online that it’s a mushroom labeled Scleroderma geaster. Is this something that will eventually eat up the grass? A:...

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  • Roundup – Use In Cold

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  • Horticultural Oil – Usage

    Q: Could you advise me where I can purchase horticultural oil? Or is this something I can make myself? A: Horticultural oil is a specially refined oil that suffocates insects without hurting your plants. I discourage you from making it...

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  • Hawthorn – Cold Weather

    Q: I lost four Indian hawthorns last year to cold weather. I liked them and would like to replace. Any advice? A: Different varieties of Indian hawthorn seem to have different reactions to cold and different susceptibility to leaf spot....

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  • Greenhouse – Lighting

    Q: For Christmas I received a new portable greenhouse. How critical is the placement? A: Generally speaking, more sun is better. You can control how much sunshine and heat gets inside the greenhouse by using shade cloth on top. But...

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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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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  • 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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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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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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  • 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

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Canning – Vegetables

Q: If I boil collards in salted water for three hours, can I reduce the pressure canning time to forty minutes? A: I’m not a food preservation expert but I spent many childhood hours helping my mother can hundreds of...

READ MORE

Muscadine – Pruning

Q: I have inherited the care of some unpruned muscadines. How do I re-train these vines for optimal production? A: Go to your muscadine vines and hold one of the long, whip-like, sprangly branches that grew last year. Follow it...

READ MORE

Compost Pile – White Roots

Q: We have a large compost pile and every time we dig in it the soil is full of what we call angel hair roots. Tiny and white, they grow in it even if we keep pile covered. A:The tiny...

READ MORE

Huckleberry – What Is It

Q: We are taking care of my elderly parents’ home in a subdivision named Huckleberry Ridge. What are huckleberries? Will they grow here? A: “Huckleberry” is a name given to several plants. True huckleberry is Gaylussacia baccata. It grows mostly...

READ MORE

Allergies – Mid Winter

Q: In mid-January, my eyes became really itchy, puffy, and swollen. This happened to me last year as well. Allergists say I am likely allergic to some sort of pollen. What is making pollen this time of year? A: I...

READ MORE

Wild Onions – Edible

Q: At a neighborhood dinner a guest said he planned to pick the wild onions in his yard and use them in recipes. Are they edible? A: The “wild onions” we notice in lawns now are probably wild garlic, Allium...

READ MORE

Oak – Planting Beneath

Q: I have a huge oak that has a lot of moss growing under it. We can’t get anything to grow under this tree. A: A healthy oak has lots of leaves which catch almost all of the sunshine streaming...

READ MORE

Vegetable Garden – Stink Bugs

Q: I have a small vegetable garden where I grow tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant. It has been infested by stink bugs for three years running. What can I use to control them that won’t hurt my honeybees? A: Brown...

READ MORE

Alumroot – Potted and Pretty

Q: On a recent radio show you mentioned a plant that goes well with autumn fern. It sounded like yureka or alaroot. Please clarify. A: I was bragging on my heuchera plants, also known as alumroot. The leaves are very...

READ MORE

Vetch – Removal

Q: I’m using glyphosate on my prolific purple vetch weed, which grows rapidly and pops up everywhere in spring! What eradicates it permanently? A: Nothing eradicates vetch permanently. You’ll have to deal with it occasionally if there are any uncontrolled...

READ MORE

Loropetalums – Winter Pruning

Q: I have some large, ten-year old loropetalums that are seven feet tall. Can I prune them down to three feet tall right now? A: You’ll be pruning away the flower buds for spring bloom if you do it now...

READ MORE

Snakes – Hibernation Habits

Q: Will poisonous snakes hibernate in a compost pile? I’m concerned about turning it and finding one. A: Yes, snakes of all kinds can hibernate in compost piles, leaf piles, rock piles and firewood piles. Even so, the chance of...

READ MORE

Sod – Sandy Soil

Q: I just moved to southeast Georgia and the soil in my backyard is pretty much the consistency of beach sand. Should I apply some type of top soil before planting sod? A: I think that any soil conditioner you...

READ MORE

Earthstar – Lawn Mushroom

Q: My granddaughter came across an odd looking, dark brown “bowl” of loose “dust” in my dormant bermuda lawn. I found online that it’s a mushroom labeled Scleroderma geaster. Is this something that will eventually eat up the grass? A:...

READ MORE

Roundup – Use In Cold

Q: Is it too cold for Roundup to kill the weeds now growing in my flower beds? A: The leaves on the weeds you aim to control should be actively photosynthesizing when glyphosate (Roundup, etc) is applied. That means the...

READ MORE

Horticultural Oil – Usage

Q: Could you advise me where I can purchase horticultural oil? Or is this something I can make myself? A: Horticultural oil is a specially refined oil that suffocates insects without hurting your plants. I discourage you from making it...

READ MORE

Hawthorn – Cold Weather

Q: I lost four Indian hawthorns last year to cold weather. I liked them and would like to replace. Any advice? A: Different varieties of Indian hawthorn seem to have different reactions to cold and different susceptibility to leaf spot....

READ MORE

Greenhouse – Lighting

Q: For Christmas I received a new portable greenhouse. How critical is the placement? A: Generally speaking, more sun is better. You can control how much sunshine and heat gets inside the greenhouse by using shade cloth on top. But...

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