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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn but March -April is also a possibility.  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...

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Shrub – Transplanting 1-2-3

Most shrubs and trees should be transplanted when the demand for water is least, in late fall or winter. Since many roots will inevitably be lost, they need many weeks to regenerate themselves before the hot, dry blasts of summer arrive. If you are contemplating moving a plant that would...

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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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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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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to yellow jacket stings. These insects are actually beneficial because they...

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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....

    READ MORE

  • Yellowjackets – Control

    Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

    READ MORE

  • Cover crops for a garden

    Q: What would be a good soil-improving cover crop? How do I plant it? A: Cover crops prevent erosion and enrich the soil when you have nothing growing in your vegetable garden. Cool-season cover crops can be planted from early...

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  • Squirrel Damage to Tomato

    Q: Do you know what would cause this damage to tomato plants? A: It could be either a squirrel or a chipmunk. In my experience, squirrel damage is usually higher on the plant than chipmunk damage. The chipmunks usually chew...

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  • Squirrel Damage to Pepper Plant

    Q: I planted peppers six weeks ago. One morning they were completely gone! So I planted a couple more plants two weeks ago and this time we put chicken wire around them. This morning this is all that is left!...

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  • Dogwood Planted Too Deep

    Q: Just noticed today the debarking occurring on my 2-1/2 year old dogwood. What should I do? A: When I first received this question, photos of only the branches and upper trunk were included. I had a guess of what...

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  • Rat Hole Near Bird Feeder

    Q: This hole appeared under the edge of my screened porch. There was a VERY large amount of dirt displaced from the dig. Any thoughts as to what it might be and how to deal with it? If it is...

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  • Varieties Of Lilacs Similar To Southern Lilacs

    Q: I planted lilac cuttings I got from my mother’s yard in Rhode Island but they did not bloom. Are there Southern lilacs that look and smell like the ones of my childhood?  A: Different lilac varieties are adapted to...

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  • Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

    Q: My fiddle leaf fig started out really small and now it’s hitting the ceiling! Where will it go from here?  A: If you give your fiddle leaf fig enough space and light, it will grow 40 feet tall! My...

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  • Getting Rid Of Oak Saplings

    Q: I have a beautiful live oak in my yard. For five years I have been battling oak saplings popping up in the landscape bed around it and in my grass as well. My landscaper has used Roundup in an...

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  • Black Spot Disease On Roses – Rotating Chemicals

    Q: I believe my unhappy roses have black spot disease. What should I do? A: Black spot disease can rapidly make a rose raggedy. You can prevent the disease from affecting new leaves by spraying with a rose fungicide. The...

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  • Cardinal Climber Vines Are Not Blooming

    Q: My three sunny cardinal climber vines are not blooming. They’re pretty big and green but no blooms.  A: Cardinal climber, and its parents, cypress vine and red morning glory, are vigorous annual vines. Given a good site in which...

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  • When To Fertilize My New Zoysia Sod

    Q: I am a new homeowner. My zoysia sod has been down since late May. Does it need fertilizer?  A: If the sod seems to be strongly rooted down then it’s time to fertilize. You can buy any thing that...

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  • Noise Reduction Using Trees and Shrubs

    Q: There is a rezoning proposal for land behind our neighborhood. It will likely be used for parking tractor trailers. The county recommends a 100’ deep buffer with a berm and the planting of Leyland cypress trees fifteen feet on...

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  • Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

    Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

    READ MORE

  • How To Get Rid Of Millipedes?

    Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of millipedes? A: The first step is to change the environment in which they thrive. Try to eliminate the moist areas where their eggs overwinter to reduce their initial...

    READ MORE

  • Can I Prune Okra?

    Q: In last year’s garden the okra did well but grew way too tall. Can it be pruned to keep it lower and still produce well? A: You sure can! As our common okra varieties age, the top of the...

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  • When Will Lone Filbert Nut Tree Mature?

    Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more?  A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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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...

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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...

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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

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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....

READ MORE

Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

READ MORE

Cover crops for a garden

Q: What would be a good soil-improving cover crop? How do I plant it? A: Cover crops prevent erosion and enrich the soil when you have nothing growing in your vegetable garden. Cool-season cover crops can be planted from early...

READ MORE

Squirrel Damage to Tomato

Q: Do you know what would cause this damage to tomato plants? A: It could be either a squirrel or a chipmunk. In my experience, squirrel damage is usually higher on the plant than chipmunk damage. The chipmunks usually chew...

READ MORE

Squirrel Damage to Pepper Plant

Q: I planted peppers six weeks ago. One morning they were completely gone! So I planted a couple more plants two weeks ago and this time we put chicken wire around them. This morning this is all that is left!...

READ MORE

Dogwood Planted Too Deep

Q: Just noticed today the debarking occurring on my 2-1/2 year old dogwood. What should I do? A: When I first received this question, photos of only the branches and upper trunk were included. I had a guess of what...

READ MORE

Rat Hole Near Bird Feeder

Q: This hole appeared under the edge of my screened porch. There was a VERY large amount of dirt displaced from the dig. Any thoughts as to what it might be and how to deal with it? If it is...

READ MORE

Varieties Of Lilacs Similar To Southern Lilacs

Q: I planted lilac cuttings I got from my mother’s yard in Rhode Island but they did not bloom. Are there Southern lilacs that look and smell like the ones of my childhood?  A: Different lilac varieties are adapted to...

READ MORE

Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Q: My fiddle leaf fig started out really small and now it’s hitting the ceiling! Where will it go from here?  A: If you give your fiddle leaf fig enough space and light, it will grow 40 feet tall! My...

READ MORE

Getting Rid Of Oak Saplings

Q: I have a beautiful live oak in my yard. For five years I have been battling oak saplings popping up in the landscape bed around it and in my grass as well. My landscaper has used Roundup in an...

READ MORE

Black Spot Disease On Roses – Rotating Chemicals

Q: I believe my unhappy roses have black spot disease. What should I do? A: Black spot disease can rapidly make a rose raggedy. You can prevent the disease from affecting new leaves by spraying with a rose fungicide. The...

READ MORE

Cardinal Climber Vines Are Not Blooming

Q: My three sunny cardinal climber vines are not blooming. They’re pretty big and green but no blooms.  A: Cardinal climber, and its parents, cypress vine and red morning glory, are vigorous annual vines. Given a good site in which...

READ MORE

When To Fertilize My New Zoysia Sod

Q: I am a new homeowner. My zoysia sod has been down since late May. Does it need fertilizer?  A: If the sod seems to be strongly rooted down then it’s time to fertilize. You can buy any thing that...

READ MORE

Noise Reduction Using Trees and Shrubs

Q: There is a rezoning proposal for land behind our neighborhood. It will likely be used for parking tractor trailers. The county recommends a 100’ deep buffer with a berm and the planting of Leyland cypress trees fifteen feet on...

READ MORE

Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

READ MORE

How To Get Rid Of Millipedes?

Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of millipedes? A: The first step is to change the environment in which they thrive. Try to eliminate the moist areas where their eggs overwinter to reduce their initial...

READ MORE

Can I Prune Okra?

Q: In last year’s garden the okra did well but grew way too tall. Can it be pruned to keep it lower and still produce well? A: You sure can! As our common okra varieties age, the top of the...

READ MORE

When Will Lone Filbert Nut Tree Mature?

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more?  A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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