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Join Me for a Pacific Northwest Trip – July, 2016

Looking for a quick garden get-away to one of the garden beauty spots of the world? Join me this summer in the beautiful and exotic Pacific Northwest! Home to lovely gardens, rain forests, and stunning scenery. You’ll see Butchart Gardens in Canada, meet international plant explorer Dan Hinkley, walk through...

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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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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 unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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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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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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Fox Squirrel – Identification

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Meyer Lemon – Rat Damage

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READ MORE

Asparagus Beetle – Identification

Q: Q: We had beautiful asparagus for 15 years. Then 3 years ago we started to have a small insect, 1/4-3/8 inch long beetle, attack the new shoots. They appear to suck out the juice and shrivel the spears while...

READ MORE

Shadow Turf (Turffalo) – Identification

Q: Do you know anything about Turffalo Shadow Grass? We have a lot of shade trees and limited success with centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass. What is your opinion of this grass? A: Shadow Turf is a named variety of one...

READ MORE

Planting Trees – Good Technique

Q: What is the best way to plant a tree? My landscaper says that mixing organic matter in a tree planting hole ends up wasting time and money because the roots of the tree will eventually grow out of the...

READ MORE

Dog Poop – Don’t Compost

Q: Is there anything I can do with dog poop? My Dad told me NOT to put it in my compost, but I have heard other opinions. A: Your Dad was right. Because dogs have lived with humans for thousands...

READ MORE

Cutting Grass – Wet

Q: I cut my lawn with a push mower equipped with a bagger. My wife insists that I should not cut the grass when it is wet after a rain. Is this correct or will the moisture add viability to...

READ MORE

Soaker Hose – Using on a Slope

Q: Can I use a soaker hose in a sloped shrub and flower bed that is about 100 feet long or should I use another type of irrigation? A: You can use soaker hoses on a slope as long as...

READ MORE

Orchids – Pruning

Q: We purchased two beautiful orchids at the Southeastern Flower Show and they have done well. The blooms are now faded or gone. I find no mention on the website of pruning the stem. Should the stem be cut back?...

READ MORE

Cherry Tree – Rotten Trunk

Q: We just bought a nice house in Marietta. This little tree is right out front and will offer great shade if its not too late to save it from whatever is eating it to death. I don’t know what...

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Cotton Cushion Scale – Identification

Q: I have moved my dwarf orange tree into the garage for the winter. However, this year I have gotten many of these weird insects. I have been using a fruit & vegetable insect killer, and it seems to work...

READ MORE

Willow – For Sukkot

Q: Jews use willow branches each fall in our Sukkot celebrations. We import them each year but it’s very annoying that the leaves never last the whole week. Can I grow the proper willows in Athens GA? A: There are...

READ MORE

Small Animal – Euthanasia

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Q: The watering recommendation for most vegetables is 1 to 2 inches per week. If we don’t get rain, how do I determine how much watering will produce 1 to 2 inches? A: The best answer is the obvious one:...

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Cats – Repellent

Q: I can find no reliable repellent for cats. Other than building a greenhouse, how can I keep cats from using my garden as a litter box? A: I’ve had a lot of fun with a gizmo called The Scarecrow...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Nitrogen Content

Q: Now that I own a business and have a three-year old daughter, it is tough for me to remember when to fertilize what. What are your views on the slow release fertilizers applied every 3-4 months? Most have a...

READ MORE

Sod – Fertilized Too Early

Q: I am new to Georgia, from northern Illinois, so I need to relearn lawns and gardening. Our homebuilder put in bermudagrass sod in early February. I fertilized at the end of March. What do you recommend for a new...

READ MORE

Date Palm – Growing

Q: I am trying to find out which date palm will grow here and maybe produce dates. How many would I need for pollination? A: Date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, is not winter-hardy in Georgia. Other palms do well here, particularly...

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

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

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

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

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

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