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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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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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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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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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  • 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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Shrub Pruning

Q: How do you prune shrubs correctly that have been pruned into green meatballs? I would love for them to look more natural. A: You can do it one of two ways: the first way is to simply leave the...

READ MORE

Zoysia Grass – Scalp and Image Herbicide

Q: I was wondering in what order and when should I apply Image herbicide and scalp my zoysia grass. A: I believe the label for Image herbicide says that it should not be used when grass is greening up, which...

READ MORE

Moving Daffodils

Q: Long ago, I transplanted many clumps of old daffodils to our new house. They bloomed well for years. They are next to a walking path where the soil is very compacted and they don’t bloom much. Can I move...

READ MORE

Oak Fertilizing/Mulch Schedule

Q: In January I transplanted eight oaks from the woods to my yard. They are 4 – 9 feet tall. I applied a liquid 3-10-3 fertilizer to the surface of the backfill. What should my fertilizing schedule be now? A:...

READ MORE

Bermuda Dormancy – Scalp/Pre-emergent

Q: Coming out of bermuda dormancy, should I scalp or put down pre-emergent first? A: Because scalping kickstarts the grass growth process too early you don’t want to do that now. Cold-weather could damage unprotected grass plants. I recommend you...

READ MORE

Rose Plant Fertilizing Instructions

Q: I just received six bare root roses. Instructions for planting are confusing; they say for bare root trees and shrubs not to fertilize the first year, yet for roses they say to fertilize at time of planting. A: I...

READ MORE

Poinsettia Tree – Overwatering

Q: How do I care for a poinsettia tree? Mine has dropped almost all its leaves but I continue to water it every other day. A: I think you’ve overwatered. If it has lost all of its leaves, it’s probably...

READ MORE

Tomato – Milk Jug

Q: How do I start tomato plants in a milk jug? A: Use heavy scissors to make a cut two inches above the bottom of a milk jug, cutting around the jug on three sides (the fourth side will be...

READ MORE

Geranium Rooting – Winter Light

Q: I’ve overwintered a geranium for five years under lights. This year, it has started to blossom! If it is growing and blossoming under lights, will my cuttings root under the same lights? A: Get a plant propagation heating mat...

READ MORE

Fescue Plastic Covering

Q: I planted fescue recently for erosion control and covered it with clear plastic. It’s four inches tall. When should I uncover it? A: I think it is more likely to become too hot under the plastic than it is...

READ MORE

Cold Dracaena

Q: I am in a big pickle with my wife. I moved furniture out of the house so I could redo our hardwood floors. I put her eight-foot tall dracaena plant on the back porch all night when it was...

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Propagating Magnolia Trees

Q: What is the best month to plant the smaller varieties of magnolia trees? A: Here’s my advice, going from “Best” to “Okay” to “Don’t Waste Your Time”: October, February, July. Planting trees later than February is problematic because the...

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New Pear Trees

Q: I have been trying for several years to start new pear trees from old ones. What’s the best way? A: I think your best bet is grafting twigs from an old tree onto a small young tree. This is...

READ MORE

Saving a Scuppernong Vine

Q: I have a scuppernong vine that I got from my Grandad. I noticed when pruning that some of the vines were half black, half green, on the inside and others weren’t bright green like they should be. A: Since...

READ MORE

Safety of Herbicide

Q: I have fought annual bluegrass in my lawn for years but never got total control. A neighbor told me his lawn care guy uses ABCDEF and gets very good results. Why don’t you recommend it? A: I don’t recommend...

READ MORE

Mondo Grass Take Over

Q: I have an abundance of mondo grass in my lawn. The rest of the yard is a combination of various weeds and fescue. What’s the best way to get mondo to take over? A: I have a very similar...

READ MORE

Huge Grub!

Q: Have found lots of large grubs this year. One was 2″ long and as big around as my index finger! A: The most common large grub of spring is that of the Hercules beetle. I find them often in...

READ MORE

Dragon/Kiwi Fruit in Augusta

Q:I live near Augusta and am growing several different fruit plants. I’m looking to plant a fruit you don’t normally see in this area. I was thinking of Dragon Fruit plant or perhaps kiwi. A: Dragon fruit is a type...

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

Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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

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

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