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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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Pine Seedlings – Numerous in 2015

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READ MORE

Rose Rosette Disease – Plant Roses Afterwards?

Q: Rose rosette disease has infected all my Knock Out roses. Now I have to dig them up and replace them. I would not recommend these roses unless until the rosette disease has a cure. A: All roses are susceptible...

READ MORE

English Ivy – Adult Form

Q: I was told this is poison sumac. It is growing up two of my trees to the point they are almost covered. Looks to be some type of ivy. A: It’s not poison sumac…it’s mature (“adult”) English ivy. Gardeners...

READ MORE

Muscadine, Scuppernong – Flowers

Q: For the past seven years I have been unsuccessful at growing muscadines. I am not sure why the vines are not allowing the berries to mature, but each year I have blooms and small berries but by mid-June they...

READ MORE

Cucumbers – Orange

Q: My daughter has her first garden this year and she has gotten orange cucumbers. She says they never turned green. What could be wrong? A: There are actually cucumber varieties that are yellow when mature. ‘Sunsweet’, ‘Chinese Yellow’ and...

READ MORE

Small Plant in Big Container

Q: It did not take long to figure out why a Leyland that I planted last year died so quickly this year. I sure did not see this below the surface container that evidently prevented proper root propagation. A: Wow,...

READ MORE

Cucumber – Twin Fruit

Q: I have never had twin cucumbers in my garden before! How common is this? All the others in my planter are singles. A: It’s not terribly common…but it’s not everyday either. Many years ago you could submit pictures of...

READ MORE

Tree Limb – Bent to the Ground

Q: My little tree suddenly had one of its trunks bend over to the ground after a heavy rain. It’s about thirty feet tall and has three small trunks. Can it be fixed or do I need to cut it...

READ MORE

Compost Volunteer

Q: I have this plant growing in my compost pile. It has large leaves and a very prickly stem. It is growing very rapidly. A: It’s a squash of some sort. It resulted from seeds that you threw out from...

READ MORE

Fig Leaf – No Lobes

Q: I would love to know what is going on here. These three cuttings came from a fig tree but one has no lobes like a normal fig. A: Very interesting! I think the non-lobed leaves are just a normal...

READ MORE

Bumblebee – Nest

Q: I took this photo of a squirrel nest that was blown out of a tree. As I investigated it, there were carpenter bees all over it. Once they cleared out I opened the nest to find the bees had...

READ MORE

Allegheny Mound Ants – Control

Q: This ant mound is three feet wide around the tree base. I’ve heard them called Allegheny Mound Ants. I have been fighting them in my yard for three years now. What to do!? A: Dr. Dan Suiter is my...

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

Burford Holly – History

Burford holly, Ilex cornuta ‘Burfordii’, is a ubiquitous shrub in the Southeast. The red berries are striking in winter. It’s interesting to know that the Burford holly originated in Atlanta, at Westview Cemetery in the southwest quarter of the city....

READ MORE

Oak Leaf Blister – Identification

Q: There is something weird on my oak leaves. A: This is a fine example of oak leaf blister. The disease is favored by cool, moist conditions during budbreak and in the early stages of leaf development. It doesn’t seem...

READ MORE

Millipedes – On Tree Bark

Q: I have an infestation of millipedes on all of my trees: flowering cherry, dogwood, Japanese maple, camellia and silver maple. I am new to the state of Georgia, originally from New Jersey. A: Wow – I wouldn’t have believed...

READ MORE

Leaf Gall – On Leucothoe

Q: I live in Rabun County and I have this weird fungus on my leucothoe. Is it exobasidium leaf gall? A: You get the diagnostic prize: it’s Exobasidium vaccinnii! There are several members of this fungal clan. They cause leaf...

READ MORE

Dog Urine – Damaging Liriope

Q: A neighbor’s dog has made repeated visits to my lawn and has killed the border of liriope. How can that soil be reconditioned so that I can replant with grass or replace the liriope? A: There’s nothing particularly dangerous...

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