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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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    Q: I have been growing for several years the “air potato” plant you wrote about recently. I grow mine on a fence so the bulblets don’t spread throughout the neighborhood. The tiny “potatoes” are edible and quite good if put...

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  • Plums – Finding The Wild One

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  • Magazines – Two More!

    Q: I would like to add to your recent list of magazines for Southern gardeners. Carolina Gardener and Southern Living are two that apply to our zone 7 and are well worth mentioning. They can be reached at www.carolinagardener.com (800-245-0142)...

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    Q: We are growing acorn squash on a trellis to keep it from taking over the entire garden. The fruit are already large and we are concerned about them breaking the stems. How should we support them? A: I recommend...

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  • Conks – Used For Artwork

    Q: I recently had two large black locust trees cut down. They had shelf fungi (conks) growing on the trunks. A friend of the ax man wanted the conks. Do you have any idea what uses one would have for...

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  • Corn – Keeping Out Earworms

    Q: Our corn will soon be silking. How do I keep keep earworms out? A: Earworm caterpillars come from eggs laid by a moth soon after the first appearance of corn silks. Some gardeners try to physically exclude them by...

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  • Pomegranate – Blooms Keep Falling Off

    Q: I have a pomegranate bush. Each year the bush is loaded with blooms but soon they all fall off. What could help this situation? A: It sounds like the blooms are not getting pollinated. Pomegranate flowers are pollinated by...

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  • Grass – Getting Some From Clay

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  • Tumeric – Growing and Harvesting In Georgia

    Q: Can we grow tumeric in Georgia? A: Tumeric is a tropical herb that’s kin to ginger root. You can buy fresh roots at health food stores and plant them in a large container outdoors. Just before the first frost...

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  • Hollies – Which Male To Red Robin?

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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,...

    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...

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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...

    READ MORE

  • Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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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

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Bromeliad – Leaves Beginning To Shrivel

Q: Several weeks ago a friend gave me a big bromeliad from her greenhouse. Its leaves are beginning to shrivel. I watered the soil when I potted it and I have been pouring water into the throat of the plant....

READ MORE

Roundup – Sprayed On Bermuda?

Q: Can I spray the green weeds in my Bermuda lawn with Roundup? A: Yes, you can, but you have to promise to be careful. Get down on your hands and knees and examine your Bermuda at the soil level....

READ MORE

Rasberries – Specifics Of Care

Q: My raspberries are begging for some kind of attention. I have read too many articles and I’m really confused. Should I cut them back to the ground for the Winter? Should I tie them up on my trellis? Should...

READ MORE

Christmas Tree – Finding The Concolor Fir

Q: When I went to buy my cut Christmas tree several weeks ago, the guys at the lot described it as a “Cuculla” fir. It was very attractive throughout the holidays – especially since it smelled so nicely of tangerines...

READ MORE

Rhododendrons – Don’t Pinch Off The Bulbs!!

Q: I have noticed that my rhododendrons have large bulbs at the ends of the branches, not ready for bloom. Since winter is around the corner, should I pinch them off? A: Don’t, don’t, don’t!! Those swollen things at the...

READ MORE

Air Potato – A Delicious Dish!

Q: I have been growing for several years the “air potato” plant you wrote about recently. I grow mine on a fence so the bulblets don’t spread throughout the neighborhood. The tiny “potatoes” are edible and quite good if put...

READ MORE

Plums – Finding The Wild One

Q: When I was a child, we had a plum tree in our yard. My father would make a wonderful sweet-tart jam from the plums. He said it was a “hog” or wild plum tree. Do you know of this...

READ MORE

Magazines – Two More!

Q: I would like to add to your recent list of magazines for Southern gardeners. Carolina Gardener and Southern Living are two that apply to our zone 7 and are well worth mentioning. They can be reached at www.carolinagardener.com (800-245-0142)...

READ MORE

Squash – Growing On A Trellis

Q: We are growing acorn squash on a trellis to keep it from taking over the entire garden. The fruit are already large and we are concerned about them breaking the stems. How should we support them? A: I recommend...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Lots Of Foliage, But No Flowers

Q: I have seven Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea shrubs. All have a great abundance of green foliage, but they have no flowers. One is in 60% sun, three are in 30% sun, and three are in 20% sun.. A: Unlike common...

READ MORE

Conks – Used For Artwork

Q: I recently had two large black locust trees cut down. They had shelf fungi (conks) growing on the trunks. A friend of the ax man wanted the conks. Do you have any idea what uses one would have for...

READ MORE

Corn – Keeping Out Earworms

Q: Our corn will soon be silking. How do I keep keep earworms out? A: Earworm caterpillars come from eggs laid by a moth soon after the first appearance of corn silks. Some gardeners try to physically exclude them by...

READ MORE

Pomegranate – Blooms Keep Falling Off

Q: I have a pomegranate bush. Each year the bush is loaded with blooms but soon they all fall off. What could help this situation? A: It sounds like the blooms are not getting pollinated. Pomegranate flowers are pollinated by...

READ MORE

Grass – Getting Some From Clay

Q: Most of our back yard is dry red clay with very little grass. It’s in heavy shade in spring and summer and then covered in leaves in the fall and winter. We would really like to have grass. Can...

READ MORE

Vegetables – Is Depth Important?

Q: Is there a guide about the depth of planting vegetable seeds? I need to know how deep to plant different vegetables. A: A general rule of thumb is to plant seeds an inch deep. The soil is warm at...

READ MORE

Ticks – Prevention and Eradication

Q: I’m getting ticks on me and my dogs almost every day. What can I do to control them? A: This looks to be a big year for ticks. I’ve seen three on my body already! Ticks climb to the...

READ MORE

Tumeric – Growing and Harvesting In Georgia

Q: Can we grow tumeric in Georgia? A: Tumeric is a tropical herb that’s kin to ginger root. You can buy fresh roots at health food stores and plant them in a large container outdoors. Just before the first frost...

READ MORE

Hollies – Which Male To Red Robin?

Q: I planted four Red Robin hollies behind our pool. I am trying to determine the right male to go with these female shrubs. A: Red Robin(tm) is a selection of ‘Mary Nell’ holly that has a distinct red tinge...

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