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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. 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 as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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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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Meyer Lemon – Sucking Insects

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Bermudagrass – Common Type Invading Sodded Type

Q: Ten years ago bermuda sod was laid in our yard. As time has gone by our grass is showing a stronger two-tone effect in its color. I assume we have a mix of different bermuda grasses.If we replace the...

READ MORE

Growing Fruit – Spray Guide

Q: Can you tell me what type and when to use fungicide on apple and peach trees? I didn’t get any fruit last year. A: If you hope to get consistent harvest from a fruit tree, spraying for disease and...

READ MORE

Canada Geese – Control Options

Q: Is there a way to control Canadian geese that won’t leave our pond? A: Extension agent Jule-Lynne Macie says Mike Mengak, UGA Extension Wildlife Specialist, always reminds people that, “A Canadian is a human being from the country of...

READ MORE

Eggplant Leaf – No Flea Beetles

While visiting a cooperative farm in Cuba, I noticed a guy spraying something on vegetables. It was a hot day, but he wore a ball cap, long pants and rubber boots. When I asked our guide why he was so...

READ MORE

Agave – Growing Successfully in Atlanta

Not far from my home, an elementary school has built an impressive garden in the building’s courtyard. Throughout the school year, teachers take advantage of the flowers and vegetables growing there as they instruct about biology, history, math and English....

READ MORE

Storing Seeds for Long Periods

Q: What is the best way to keep seeds for the longest shelf life? A: Successful seed storage depends on many factors. Some seeds (bean, pepper, onion, etc.) are hard to keep viable for more than a couple of years....

READ MORE

Canna – Dermatitis

Q: A few years ago at a job site, I was treating canna lilies for leaf roller. It was a large group of plants so at times I was in a thicket of cannas. I started itching so badly I...

READ MORE

Pine Seedlings – Numerous in 2015

Q: I see pine seedlings all over. How do I get rid of them? A: Pine seedlings usually die before growing much larger. Arborist Chris Hastings (www.arbormedics.com) says he believes pines can have cyclical seed production just like oaks, sometimes...

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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...

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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...

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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

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 Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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