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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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“English Ivy Kills Trees” Sign – Who Places Them?

OK – my curiosity is killing me! Who puts up these signs at random spots around Atlanta? I’ve asked a number of arborists: No knowledge. I’ve posted it on Facebook; 21,000 people saw the post: lots of comments, but no answer. If you know, please email...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 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. In...

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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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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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  • Fruit Trees – What Should Be Sprayed When?

    Q: When and with what should I spray my apple, peach and fig trees to improve their fruit production? I don’t think they are bug infested, but I’m not sure. A: You have already missed one of the important sprays...

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  • Caterpillars – Determining Sex, Poisonous?

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  • Tomatoes – Growing Indoors and Pollinating

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  • Dogwood – Beautiful And Huge!

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    Q: I have been pruning ornamentals professionally for over twenty years. This time of the year the plants, especially the holly’s, are alive with bees. Over the past few years, I’ve seen fewer and fewer honey bees. The past two...

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  • Aphids – Whats The Deal Here?

    Q: I have bugs on my chrysanthemums. We think these are aphids…tiny sesame seed shaped black insects stuck all over the upper stems of the plants. How can they eat a plant from which the insecticide pyrethrin is made? A:...

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  • Azaleas – Pruning and Growth Tips

    Q: Some of my azaleas have become rather leggy (spindley). They are blooming right up at the top but that’s about it. When they finish blooming is there any way to trim/prune them to make them bush out? Also, some...

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  • Ephedra – Substitute For Ma Huang

    Q: Can we grow ephedra here in Atlanta? A: You wouldn’t be looking for a homegrown substitute for ma huang (CQ) would you? Herbal weight loss products have included extracts of the ephedra plant, called ^ma huang^, for the past...

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  • Ladybugs – Exterminating Them

    Q: I read your article regarding ladybugs and have a similar problem in a building I maintain. You suggest that Dursban or Sevin can be sprayed around door openings for control. I am curious why our exterminator contractor has told...

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  • Aeration – Should You Do It and When

    Q: When should I aerate my zoysia lawn? A: The right time to aerate zoysia, Bermuda and centipede lawns is in early summer, after they have greened up but before the heat stresses them too much. A further question, though,...

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  • Chameleon Plant – Fighting The Monster!

    Q: HELP!! I thought the chameleon plant was so pretty when I bought it. For several years it was OK in the bed where it was planted. However, it has now taken over the bed and I want to get...

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  • Sap – Leaking From Birch Tree

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  • Gardening – Comprehensive Societies List

    Q: I am looking for the names of plant societies and information on how to contact them. Is there one central source? A: I think the most comprehensive list of plant societies and related organizations is maintained on the Internet...

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  • Fish Oil – Capturing Moths?

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  • Amazon – And Other Winners

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    Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Compost – Disappearing Over Time

Q: About three years ago we tilled up our hard clay front yard and added close to a half-ton of compost and soil amendments. The soil looked really good when we finished. This year, when I dug around some shrubs,...

READ MORE

Fruit Trees – What Should Be Sprayed When?

Q: When and with what should I spray my apple, peach and fig trees to improve their fruit production? I don’t think they are bug infested, but I’m not sure. A: You have already missed one of the important sprays...

READ MORE

Centipede – Good Grass To Plant?

Q: We built a house last summer and finally moved in last November. We were told we needed to plant winter ryegrass as it was the only thing that would grow enough to prevent erosion on our new soil. Well,...

READ MORE

Caterpillars – Determining Sex, Poisonous?

Q: My friends and I have found dozens of caterpillars under the trees in our school playground. How can you tell if a caterpillar is poisonous? Are there girl and boy caterpillars? I am nine years old. A: Knowing how...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Growing Indoors and Pollinating

Q: Do I need any kind of insects to pollinate tomato plants when I grow them indoors. A: Pollen has to travel somehow from one flower to the next but you don’t need insects do accomplish this. When your tomatoes...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Beautiful And Huge!

Q: We recently moved into our home in Walton County, with a 2.4 acre wooded lot. In the middle of these woods we have discovered a beautiful dogwood tree that is now in bloom. As best we can estimate this...

READ MORE

Honey Bees – Fewer and Fewer Every Year

Q: I have been pruning ornamentals professionally for over twenty years. This time of the year the plants, especially the holly’s, are alive with bees. Over the past few years, I’ve seen fewer and fewer honey bees. The past two...

READ MORE

Aphids – Whats The Deal Here?

Q: I have bugs on my chrysanthemums. We think these are aphids…tiny sesame seed shaped black insects stuck all over the upper stems of the plants. How can they eat a plant from which the insecticide pyrethrin is made? A:...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Pruning and Growth Tips

Q: Some of my azaleas have become rather leggy (spindley). They are blooming right up at the top but that’s about it. When they finish blooming is there any way to trim/prune them to make them bush out? Also, some...

READ MORE

Ephedra – Substitute For Ma Huang

Q: Can we grow ephedra here in Atlanta? A: You wouldn’t be looking for a homegrown substitute for ma huang (CQ) would you? Herbal weight loss products have included extracts of the ephedra plant, called ^ma huang^, for the past...

READ MORE

Ladybugs – Exterminating Them

Q: I read your article regarding ladybugs and have a similar problem in a building I maintain. You suggest that Dursban or Sevin can be sprayed around door openings for control. I am curious why our exterminator contractor has told...

READ MORE

Aeration – Should You Do It and When

Q: When should I aerate my zoysia lawn? A: The right time to aerate zoysia, Bermuda and centipede lawns is in early summer, after they have greened up but before the heat stresses them too much. A further question, though,...

READ MORE

Chameleon Plant – Fighting The Monster!

Q: HELP!! I thought the chameleon plant was so pretty when I bought it. For several years it was OK in the bed where it was planted. However, it has now taken over the bed and I want to get...

READ MORE

Sap – Leaking From Birch Tree

Q: I have a ten year old river birch which has been steadily dripping a clear, odorless, tasteless (yes, I did) liquid from two branches for several weeks. Do you know what this is? What can I do about it?...

READ MORE

Gardening – Comprehensive Societies List

Q: I am looking for the names of plant societies and information on how to contact them. Is there one central source? A: I think the most comprehensive list of plant societies and related organizations is maintained on the Internet...

READ MORE

Fish Oil – Capturing Moths?

Q: A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the paper about using fish oil and flypaper in your closet to capture clothes moths. Can you give more details? A: I was intrigued by the same article but...

READ MORE

Amazon – And Other Winners

Q: We just moved here after eight years Germany and are getting used to all the wonderful plants in the South. Recently I received a plant called “Amazon” and was told it was a Georgia Gold Medal winner. It is...

READ MORE

Cast Iron – Plants From A Bulb?

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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

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