Featured Article

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...

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, then choose your method of weed control. Remember: healthy, vigorous...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

“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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES
  • Blue Daze – Winter Survival

    Q: I planted quite a bit of Blue Daze at my house this year because it really attracts hummingbirds. Also, the plant seems to really like hot Georgia summers. As the weather is now getting cooler, I am not sure...

    READ MORE

  • Gardening- Clubs

    Q: I love to garden and will be making a huge garden this spring. I want to grow mango, pomegranate and other exotic fruit trees. I might be getting a greenhouse this fall to care for the heat loving plants....

    READ MORE

  • Burford Hollies- Pot Bound

    Q: I believe you said on television that a plant that has been pot bound for some time is no longer any good. I have some dwarf ‘Burford’ hollies that have been in one gallon pots for two years. I...

    READ MORE

  • Gardenia- Growing

    Q: I recently planted a gardenia bush for my wife but I ran into a problem. About three feet deep was a large rock that I couldn’t break up. I found where the rock ended and planted the bush out...

    READ MORE

  • Crape Myrtles- Trimming

    Q: My recently purchased home has a number of 15 – 20 feet high crape myrtles. They appear to have been improperly trimmed since the limbs have round “knobs” with sucker-like shoots coming from them. Can I trim the limbs...

    READ MORE

  • Native Plants – Ordering

    Q: Could you provide me with some reputable native plant sources from which I could order? I will be gardening in zone 6 in a woodland setting. I am looking for Piedmont azalea as well as a wild yellow azalea....

    READ MORE

  • Groundcover Beds- Sprouting

    Q: I have a problem with acorns dropping in my groundcover beds. Would a pre-emergent inhibit their sprouting in spring? We spend soooo much time on our hands and knees pulling oak “babies”. A: Weed expert Dr. Mark Czarnota says...

    READ MORE

  • Sprinkler System- Seasonal Adjustment

    Q: I just moved here from New York and I have a question about our sprinkler system. Most of the zones are set to irrigate for forty minutes twice a week. As winter approaches, how should I adjust? A: The...

    READ MORE

  • Pansies- Pest Control

    Q: Either rabbits or squirrels are uprooting my recently planted pansies. Is there anything I can do? A: Try removing mulch around the plants and laying four-inch wide, two-foot long strips of chicken wire between your plants. Anchor the wire...

    READ MORE

  • Fertilizer- Beer

    Q: I’m curious about your webpage denouncing beer, soda and ammonia as fertilizer. I don’t disagree with your soda and ammonia thoughts but the carbohydrates in beer might be useful. I am into bonsai and my well-learned sensei says that...

    READ MORE

  • Compost- Plotting

    Q: I’m planning my vegetable garden for next year and I heard that Cobb County gives away free compost. How much do I need for a fifteen by eight foot plot? A: Both DeKalb and Cobb counties offer free compost...

    READ MORE

  • Farmers Almanac- Rain Prediction

    Q: Did the Farmers Almanac predict all this summer rain? A: I don’t think this will go down as their finest summer for prognostication. Their predictions were for April and May rainfall to be below normal. Despite a promised tropical...

    READ MORE

  • Pine Straw- Removal

    Q: I have removed all pine straw from around my house and plan to replace it. How much of a gap should I leave between the house and the straw? A: All mulch should be kept twelve inches away from...

    READ MORE

  • Bermudagrass- Lawn Mower

    Q: I would like to know if there is a specific type of lawn mower that should be used to cut bermudagrass sod. A: If you mow at a normal height of 1.5 inches, any rotary mower with a sharp...

    READ MORE

  • Topiaries- Frames/Care

    Q: I am interested in topiaries. Where do I buy the frames? How do I care for them? I would like a pair on either side of my front porch. A: There are two kinds of topiary: those stuffed with...

    READ MORE

  • Worms – Control

    Q: My daughter just bought a house in Charleston and said that she has mounds of worms in her back yard. Your website says to only use water. Is that all we can do? A: Because worms are so beneficial...

    READ MORE

  • Panicle Hydrangeas- Blooming

    Q: I have a heavily wooded lot. I planted ‘Pink Diamond’ panicle hydrangeas where they get two hours of morning sun, but they have not bloomed in two years. Do you think they will bloom where they are? A: Unlike...

    READ MORE

  • Green Roof- Creation

    Q: My leaky flat-roofed front porch is quite irritating. I remember there was a push in Chicago to put plant-covered roofs on some of their buildings. I thought maybe you would know how to create a green roof. A: I’m...

    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

  • 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

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Blue Daze – Winter Survival

Q: I planted quite a bit of Blue Daze at my house this year because it really attracts hummingbirds. Also, the plant seems to really like hot Georgia summers. As the weather is now getting cooler, I am not sure...

READ MORE

Gardening- Clubs

Q: I love to garden and will be making a huge garden this spring. I want to grow mango, pomegranate and other exotic fruit trees. I might be getting a greenhouse this fall to care for the heat loving plants....

READ MORE

Burford Hollies- Pot Bound

Q: I believe you said on television that a plant that has been pot bound for some time is no longer any good. I have some dwarf ‘Burford’ hollies that have been in one gallon pots for two years. I...

READ MORE

Gardenia- Growing

Q: I recently planted a gardenia bush for my wife but I ran into a problem. About three feet deep was a large rock that I couldn’t break up. I found where the rock ended and planted the bush out...

READ MORE

Crape Myrtles- Trimming

Q: My recently purchased home has a number of 15 – 20 feet high crape myrtles. They appear to have been improperly trimmed since the limbs have round “knobs” with sucker-like shoots coming from them. Can I trim the limbs...

READ MORE

Native Plants – Ordering

Q: Could you provide me with some reputable native plant sources from which I could order? I will be gardening in zone 6 in a woodland setting. I am looking for Piedmont azalea as well as a wild yellow azalea....

READ MORE

Groundcover Beds- Sprouting

Q: I have a problem with acorns dropping in my groundcover beds. Would a pre-emergent inhibit their sprouting in spring? We spend soooo much time on our hands and knees pulling oak “babies”. A: Weed expert Dr. Mark Czarnota says...

READ MORE

Sprinkler System- Seasonal Adjustment

Q: I just moved here from New York and I have a question about our sprinkler system. Most of the zones are set to irrigate for forty minutes twice a week. As winter approaches, how should I adjust? A: The...

READ MORE

Pansies- Pest Control

Q: Either rabbits or squirrels are uprooting my recently planted pansies. Is there anything I can do? A: Try removing mulch around the plants and laying four-inch wide, two-foot long strips of chicken wire between your plants. Anchor the wire...

READ MORE

Fertilizer- Beer

Q: I’m curious about your webpage denouncing beer, soda and ammonia as fertilizer. I don’t disagree with your soda and ammonia thoughts but the carbohydrates in beer might be useful. I am into bonsai and my well-learned sensei says that...

READ MORE

Compost- Plotting

Q: I’m planning my vegetable garden for next year and I heard that Cobb County gives away free compost. How much do I need for a fifteen by eight foot plot? A: Both DeKalb and Cobb counties offer free compost...

READ MORE

Farmers Almanac- Rain Prediction

Q: Did the Farmers Almanac predict all this summer rain? A: I don’t think this will go down as their finest summer for prognostication. Their predictions were for April and May rainfall to be below normal. Despite a promised tropical...

READ MORE

Pine Straw- Removal

Q: I have removed all pine straw from around my house and plan to replace it. How much of a gap should I leave between the house and the straw? A: All mulch should be kept twelve inches away from...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass- Lawn Mower

Q: I would like to know if there is a specific type of lawn mower that should be used to cut bermudagrass sod. A: If you mow at a normal height of 1.5 inches, any rotary mower with a sharp...

READ MORE

Topiaries- Frames/Care

Q: I am interested in topiaries. Where do I buy the frames? How do I care for them? I would like a pair on either side of my front porch. A: There are two kinds of topiary: those stuffed with...

READ MORE

Worms – Control

Q: My daughter just bought a house in Charleston and said that she has mounds of worms in her back yard. Your website says to only use water. Is that all we can do? A: Because worms are so beneficial...

READ MORE

Panicle Hydrangeas- Blooming

Q: I have a heavily wooded lot. I planted ‘Pink Diamond’ panicle hydrangeas where they get two hours of morning sun, but they have not bloomed in two years. Do you think they will bloom where they are? A: Unlike...

READ MORE

Green Roof- Creation

Q: My leaky flat-roofed front porch is quite irritating. I remember there was a push in Chicago to put plant-covered roofs on some of their buildings. I thought maybe you would know how to create a green roof. A: I’m...

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

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