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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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“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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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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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  • 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

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  • Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Tomatoes – Ripening in Fall/Winter

Q: We have some green tomatoes that we want to ripen. We took some that were still on the vine and put them in a cardboard box with newspaper. Should we store them indoors or outdoors? A: If they have...

READ MORE

Dehumidifier – Graywater

Q: I have a dehumidifier in my damp basement. I get 1.5 gallons of water a day from it normally. Is this considered graywater? A: Technically it is not graywater; it is condensed water. As such, it is exempt from...

READ MORE

Confederate Roses – Cutting

Q: We have a Confederate rose that dies back in the winter but I am not sure how far back I should cut the dead canes. Should I cut them back to the ground level or not? A: I admired...

READ MORE

Rain Barrel – Siting

Q: Where should I site my rain barrel? The best place at my house is on the south side. But the water coming out of my normal water hose is scalding hot all summer. Will I experience this problem with...

READ MORE

Apple tree – Maintenance

Q: I have an apple tree that I have never thinned or pruned aside from shaping it. It’s getting really thick inside and I have no idea what to do. A: Prune the apple tree in three steps. First, remove...

READ MORE

Fig Plants – Inedible

Q: I’ve become interested in figs. I seem to recall hearing that there are both edible and inedible figs. Is there any way to tell if a fig plant is inedible? Are the inedible ones poisonous? A: Among the hundreds...

READ MORE

Plant Watering – Pool water

Q: Can I water plants in the garden with water from my swimming pool? A: Yes, pool water is safe to use to irrigate plants but don’t use too much. If the current severe restrictions persist until next summer, as...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass Sod – Overseed Bare Spots with Bermudagrass Seed

Q: I have just moved here from Philadelphia. My new lawn is bermudagrass sod and there are bare patches in it. Can I overseed with bermudagrass seed? A: It’s not a good idea to overseed sodded bermudagrass with bermudagrass seed....

READ MORE

Forsythia Bush – Blooms

Q: Is it normal for a forsythia bush to have blooms in November in north Georgia? I saw a bush producing flowers outside of Cleveland, GA. A: It may not be normal for us but it is completely normal for...

READ MORE

Fatshedera – Savannah

Q: I need information on fatshedera. Would it be hardy in Savannah? A: Fatshedera is a fascinating plant. It is a cross between fatsia, a big-leafed tropical, and a form of English ivy called Irish ivy. The original plant was...

READ MORE

Liquid Fertilizer – Time of year

Q: My lawn company wants to do deep liquid fertilization on trees and shrubs. Is this a good time of year for this? A: I am not a fan of deep root feeding if the injection is more than a...

READ MORE

Japanese Maple – Moving

Q: We have a sparse, six-foot tall Japanese maple tree that is only a foot or so from the side of our house in a shaded area. Can we move it? When would be the best time? A: Your instincts...

READ MORE

Nandinas – Branching out

Q: I have several nandinas that have become spindly. I would like them to branch out beneath where I trim them, but they just seem to grow taller. If I cut them drastically they will have no foliage. What do...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Drought

Q: I usually fertilize all my shrubs in April and October using 10-10-10 fertilizer. Because of the drought, I’m concerned that this may not be a good idea for this season. Can you give me some guidance? A: Your instincts...

READ MORE

Transplanting – Restrictions

Q: We want to transplant shrubs and small trees around Thanksgiving. With the current water restrictions, should we do this in November or wait until March? A: I much prefer getting transplanting done sooner rather than later. The plants will...

READ MORE

Weed Killer – Vinegar Instead of Roundup

Q: You always recommend the popular brand name weed killers but these are expensive to use. Vinegar will kill weeds and is only $2.00 a gallon. Is there some reason it should not be used? A: I sometimes recommend brand...

READ MORE

Blue Junipers – Pruning

Q: Please tell me when and how to prune blue junipers. We have some that are getting too big. Debra Staples, email A: The best time to prune junipers is right after new growth begins, probably in mid- to late...

READ MORE

Compost Tumbler – How to use

Q: I bought a compost tumbler last summer. I balanced the amount of green and brown matter I put in and I turn the tumbler a couple times a week. Now it is three-quarters full but nothing seems to be...

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

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

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

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 – 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