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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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Timing and Choosing Pre-emergent Weed Preventers, Spring and Fall

Pre-emergents (weed preventers) are applied to the landscape to prevent seeds from germinating. The key is the timing. Pre-emergent herbicides MUST be applied BEFORE summer weeds (crabgrass, etc) seed germinate. In general, to get good summer weed control in Atlanta you should apply a pre-emergent on March 1. For winter...

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Walter’s Books Make Great Gifts!

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas coming up, a gardener in your life would surely appreciate a book that describes exactly how to be successful. Consider giving a signed copy of one of Walter’s books! Click here to go to book sales...

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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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Plants for Pollinators

Many landscape plants depend on bees and other insects to move pollen from flower to flower. The insects don’t realize they are pollinating the plants they visit – they’re just looking for nectar in the flowers. You can help the flowering plants in your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly flower...

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Dogwood – Herbicide Damage

Q: Ever seen this? My young dogwood leaves were very delayed and deformed. Strange gnarled masses forming. No blooms. Our lawn service sprayed it in mid-March with horticultural oil for scale. Also treated the surrounding lawn in May with broadleaf...

READ MORE

Arborvitae – Bagworms

Q: We have two large arborvitae’s at our home’s front entrance. Last night I was standing near one of them and heard a noise. When I looked at the bush, it was moving! Upon closer inspection my husband found the...

READ MORE

Tomato – How to Know if It is Determinate or Indeterminate

Q: I planted a ‘Celebrity’ tomato. The label says it is a determinate type. But mine already has six vigorous stems and doesn’t look determinate to me. I thought I’d have more of a bushy type plant. A: I once...

READ MORE

Liriope – Control of Weeds

Q: How do you control weeds that are growing in liriope? A: For a small area, hand weeding is your best option. There will be a few holes where you remove weeds but the liriope will quickly fill in. If...

READ MORE

Dolomitic Lime Dated 2009 – Is It Still Useful?

Q: For tomatoes. I found a box of agricultural dolomitic lime in our dry basement dated 2009. It is still powdery, no clumps. Is it still useful?  A: Lime deteriorates slowly, even when it gets wet. Since your lime is...

READ MORE

Are Mahonia Berries Edible By Human?

Q: In late April I saw ten birds attack my mahonia shrub. I watched bird after bird swallow those beautiful blue berries down their throats like a snake does his dinner. Are mahonia berries edible by humans?  A: I’m not...

READ MORE

Crabapple Tree That Has Green Fruit?

Q: My elderly mother has decided that she really wants a crabapple tree that has green fruit when ripe, like she remembers from growing up. What do you suggest?  A: Almost all crabapples bear fruit in some shade of red....

READ MORE

TifBlair Centipede VS Old Centipede Grass

Q: I want to replace my front lawn. I have heard TifBlair centipede grass is better than the old centipede grass. Is this true? A: TifBlair centipede grass is an excellent turfgrass, available in both sod and seed forms. It...

READ MORE

Squirrels Nesting In My Old Oak Tree- Can They Hurt It?

Q: Squirrels appear to be nesting in a knot hole in my ancient oak tree. Will they hurt it? A: I can’t think of any damage the squirrels might do. They don’t gnaw oak bark nor do they enlarge a...

READ MORE

Transplanting Iris – When And Where

Q: When can I transplant iris? How much sun should they have in their new home? A: You can move them almost any time. Early summer, after they finish blooming, is fine but I usually wait until fall because there...

READ MORE

Where Is All This White Clover Coming From?

Q: Where in the world is all the white clover coming from this year? My seven acre plot is solid white. What’s happening? A: I drive past a lawn near my Decatur home that is just as you describe. Seed...

READ MORE

Recommended 0-70-120 Fertilizer – What Does This Mean?

Q: We are planting soybeans in a food plot for deer. The seed company recommends 0-70-120 for fertilizer. What does this mean and can we mix it ourselves?  A: Since fertilizer dealers in different parts of the country sell different...

READ MORE

Purchasing Beneficial Insects For My Yard – Ladybugs

Q: I’ve wondered about purchasing beneficial insects for my yard. I’m particularly interested in ladybugs to combat aphids on milkweed that I plant for butterflies.  A: Lady beetles certainly do eat aphids. The problem is keeping enough lady beetles around...

READ MORE

Professional Referrals For Landscape Services

Q: Is there a good source for professional referrals for landscape service? I need a high quality comprehensive turf and tree/shrub maintenance company but I don’t trust online referral lists. A: The Georgia Urban Ag Council has a searchable list...

READ MORE

How Can I Control The Height Of Tomatoes Without Hurting Them?

Q: Last year I planted tomatoes but they grew to fifteen feet long. Can I cut them back to control height without hurting the tomatoes?  A: It would be better to plant tomatoes that limit their height naturally. Look on...

READ MORE

Is Soil Sold For Gardening Tested For Lead Or Arsenic?

Q: Is soil sold for gardening routinely tested for lead or arsenic? Should I be concerned?  A: My bet is that all of the commercial or bagged soils are tested for lead. I doubt that bulk soil, delivered by the...

READ MORE

Moss Growing On My Asphalt Driveway

Q: What can I do about moss growing on my asphalt driveway? Grass killer didn’t work.  A: On one hand, I am glad the herbicide didn’t work. It confirms my observation that weed killer hurts weeds much more than moss....

READ MORE

Can We Move Daffodils While Their Leaves Are Still Green?

Q: My husband’s family farm was just sold. Can we save the daffodils growing there even though the leaves are still green.  A: Go ahead with moving and planting them now. It would be better to put them in bright...

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

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

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

Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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

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 – 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

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