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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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Elderberry – Finding One For Sale

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Sprouts – Removing With Patience

Q: I had a paulownia tree in my front yard. I cut the tree down but the trunk remains. Now I am getting hundreds of sprouts throughout my lawn. Some are thirty feet from the trunk! How can I kill...

READ MORE

Red Oaks – Mulching and Planting Underneath?

Q: Our yard has a couple of beautiful red oaks. An arborist recommended mulching around the tree. I am curious if it would hurt the tree to plant under hostas or azaleas under it. A: Mulching is a great idea....

READ MORE

Peppers – Peak Picking Stage

Q: I grew cherry bomb peppers for the first time this year. Should they be picked while green or do you have to wait until they turn red? A: Peppers are edible at any stage of color but the mix...

READ MORE

Ray’s Givan’s Fig Page – Dark Fig Varieties

Several years ago I met fig expert Ray Givan and featured him on the “The Georgia Gardener” TV show. At that time he had a small website describing the figs he had grown. It was an invaluable resource to me....

READ MORE

Cherry – Leaf Spot Disease

Q: My wife and I have a cherry tree in our yard that is not doing well. About this time every year the leaves of the cherry begin to show spots, turn yellow, and fall off. The process is gradual...

READ MORE

Bees – Attracted To Pools

Q: Our neighbors recently planted a beautiful garden and set up two bee hives. Unfortunately the bees are attracted to our salt water swimming pool. We see groups at the top rung of the ladder and also on the waterfall,...

READ MORE

Dodder – Preventing Parasites

Q: My beautiful flowering thrift suddenly has lots of very thin yellow strings on it. I pull them off as they do not seem to be rooted, just attached to the stems. A: It’s the parasitic plant named dodder, also...

READ MORE

Violets – Out Of Control

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READ MORE

Potatoes – Planting In Fall?

Q: We would like to grow potatoes in the fall as well as spring, but we can never find seed potatoes in the fall. A: Fall potato planting isn’t nearly as successful as planting in early spring. The soil is...

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Moisture – Preventing Waterlogged Plants

Q: Do you have any advice for how to lessen moisture and prevent waterlogged plants during this super rainy summer? A: The first job is to remove mulch, except for a thin layer. The second task is to correct any...

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Q: I have tiny brown ants everywhere: deck, garage, stoop, etc. I’ve used bait products plus I can spray an area and it may kill some but within an hour they are back. A: You might not be waiting long...

READ MORE

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READ MORE

Bermuda – Least Maintenance?

Q: Which of the hybrid bermudagrasses requires the least maintenance? A: TifWay (Tifton 419) and TifGreen (Tifton 328) are excellent hybrid bermudagrasses developed by Dr. Wayne Hanna in Tifton. Both require regular fertilization and frequent mowing to look their best....

READ MORE

Edibles – Identifying Edible Plants

Q: Where do I go for a good book describing edible outdoor plants? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) suggests taking some wild edible classes first. That way you’ll have an experienced professional identify plants for you and point...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Drawing Up Plans

Q: I’m looking for someone to draw up landscape plans. We’ll probably do the work ourselves, but we really need some professional help. A: Strictly speaking, if you want a “plan only ” service, it’s illegal for someone other than...

READ MORE

Society Garlic – Identification

Q: Can the seeds collected from society garlic be planted and, if so, when? A: As its name implies, society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea, is a member of the onion family. Scott Ogden, author of “Garden Bulbs for the South” considers...

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

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READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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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