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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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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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Tree – Tangerines and Limes?

Q: A lady told me about being at her mother’s home in south Georgia and seeing tangerines on a tree. Her mother claims that it had previously yielded 250 limes. Can you explain? A: I can think of two (no,...

READ MORE

Kissing Bug – No Danger to Georgians

Kissing bug has been in the news recently but the insect poses no threat to infect Georgians with Chagas disease. Dr. Nancy Hinkle, UGA insect expert, says Georgia has had kissing bugs since before humans got here. Georgians have not...

READ MORE

Raccoon – Rolling Up Sod

Q: I live in a rural subdivision in Rockdale County. We back up to the Yellow River, so we see a lot of deer. I had ten pallets of zoysia sod installed in early October. Every day for the last...

READ MORE

Fruit Trees – Sources

My friend Bill Ford, co-owner of Johnson Nursery in Ellijay, has toddled off into retirement! Now where will I send folks who want to buy the best selections of fruit and nut tree varieties? With Bill’s input, here are some good...

READ MORE

Anole (Lizard) – In the House

Q: I recently moved back here from Tampa. There, small lizards are found everywhere – they’re as common as squirrels and mosquitos. Here in Atlanta, in all of my life, I have never once seen a lizard inside or outside...

READ MORE

Oak – Losing Bark, Trunk Rotting

Q: I have a white oak which is losing bark and there’s a white chalky residue present where the bark is falling off. Can you identify the problem and advise a remedy? A: My bet is that water is getting...

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Pecan Leaves – Using in a Vegetable Garden

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Thorny Tree – Decorate with Gumdrops

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Chia – Growing in Georgia

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READ MORE

Cryptomeria – Two Trunks

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READ MORE

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Pine Tree – Brown Needles in Fall

Q: I’m seeing a lot of brown needles on my pine trees this fall. Is this normal? A: It’s perfectly normal. Although we think of pine trees as evergreen, a better description would be “semi-evergreen”. An individual needle stays on...

READ MORE

Ringnecked Snake – Identification

Q: This little fellow showed up on my patio today. Can you identify what kind of a snake this is? A: It’s a lovely little ringnecked snake. It is completely harmless. It could even be considered a garden helper since...

READ MORE

Rugosa Rose – Growing

Q: While on vacation in Maine we loved seeing the beach roses in the sandy soil! They smelled beautifully. Would these roses make it here? A: I’ll bet you were seeing rugosa roses. The leaves have a characteristic corrugated surface....

READ MORE

Horse Pasture – Resources

Q: My daughters want to have horses on our property. Does UGA have resources for them? A: The University of Georgia has excellent resources for you. Read these then call your local Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1. Fences for Horses Horse...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Leaf Spot in Fall

Q: What are these spots on my dogwood leaves? How do I control them? A: Elizabeth Little, a plant disease expert at UGA says it is likely Pseudocercospora cornicola. Leaf spots are more prevalent during wet weather and are nothing...

READ MORE

Cryptomeria – Difference Between ‘Yoshino’ and ‘Radicans’

Q: What is the difference between cryptomeria Yoshino and cryptomeria Radicans? A: I haven’t grown either personally but my landscaper friends say this: Danna Cain “The radicans are smaller, a darker green and I’m told have better resistance to tip...

READ MORE

Magnolia Scale – Controlling

Q: What is the best treatment for the bugs causing this mold. I am afraid it is killing my magnolias. A: Your magnolia has a severe infestation of one of the several species of scale insects. The motionless insects feed...

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