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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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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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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 a nandina that has yellow berries. It is in a row of several that are red-berried. Do nandina berries come in other colors? A: Your nandina is a “sport” of the more common red-berried form of this...

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  • Squirrels- Prevention

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  • Schefflera- Trimming

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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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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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Corn-Planting

Q: This is our first time planting corn. We have gotten a lot of corn but were wondering will the corn stalks produce more corn or is that it? Can we plant more? A: Once the ears have been harvested,...

READ MORE

Hybrid Bermudagrass- Mowing

Q: I’ve started mowing the hybrid bermudagrass of an elderly friend. It’s been mowed tall with a riding mower. In her garage I found a McLain reel mower, which I repaired, but the grass is too thick to cut with...

READ MORE

Graywater – pH

Q: I’ve been using gray water from my washing machine on landscape plants. In my research I found that my plants prefer acid soil and that gray water has a higher pH. Can I add something to the graywater to...

READ MORE

Dragonflies – Field guide

Q: My wife and I enjoy watching dragonflies. Does a field guide exist? A: You both can add “odonatist” to your business cards. An odonatist is a person who is interested in dragonflies, which are members of the scientific order...

READ MORE

Daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs – Planting

Q: I have daffodil and grape hyacinth bulbs that I haven’t managed to get in the ground yet. I most likely won’t have the opportunity to do so for another month. Would it be okay to plant them in mid-January?...

READ MORE

Wire Topiary – Filling

Q: I have asked Santa to bring me a wire topiary of a Labrador retriever for Christmas. Do you have suggestions on how to fill it? A: You have to fill the topiary with long fiber sphagnum moss. Call local...

READ MORE

Drought – Container Safety

Q: With our current water shortage, many people are buying large containers to save rain water. How do you know if the container you buy is safe for plants? A: I’d use a combination of smell and common sense. If...

READ MORE

Fig Tree – Transplanting

Q: I have a fig tree cutting in a jar of water. It has started new roots and new leaves. When should I transplant it to its permanent spot in my yard? A: When the roots are four inches long...

READ MORE

Nut Orchard – Creation

Q: I want to create a nut orchard around two existing pecan trees. I’m considering English walnut, Chinese chestnut, almond and hazelnut. Do you have other suggestions? A: You should also consider black walnut, Carpathian walnut, Juglans regia ‘Carpathian’, and...

READ MORE

Nandina berries – Colors

Q: I have a nandina that has yellow berries. It is in a row of several that are red-berried. Do nandina berries come in other colors? A: Your nandina is a “sport” of the more common red-berried form of this...

READ MORE

Shrub pruning – Water

Q: Will shrubs like azalea, tea rose, and boxwood need less water if I prune them back by one-third? A: A plant’s water use is affected by a host of factors. Age of leaves, vigor of root system, humidity, light...

READ MORE

Squirrels- Prevention

Q: Is there anything that I can do to prevent squirrels from digging up my bulbs that I plant this fall? A: The easiest thing to do is plant the bulbs and then cover the spot with 1″ mesh chicken...

READ MORE

Shrubbery- Planting

Q: I’m trying to wait until the very last minute to plant shrubbery, hoping we’ll get some rain. I know fall is best but how late can I wait and still get the fall planting advantage? A: It’s all determined...

READ MORE

Vine- Transplanting

Q: A close friend has a vine of the largest, sweetest muscadines I have ever seen or tasted. What is the best way for me to propagate and transplant a vine from this plant ? A: The University of Georgia...

READ MORE

Incubator- Thermostat

Q: I’m following your website instructions for building a styrofoam egg incubator. But I am having trouble finding a 110 volt type thermostat. I know a furnace thermostat won’t work. A: I love the process of incubating eggs! I love...

READ MORE

Schefflera- Trimming

Q: I have a very large schefflera in a five gallon container. It lives in front of a big window indoors in the winter and on my deck in the summer. How do I trim it before I take it...

READ MORE

Manure and chips – Spreading

Q: My husband and I are having a debate He wants to mix tree chips with horse manure and spread it on the raw dirt in our backyard to get it ready for grass seed or sod. I think the...

READ MORE

Trees – Old age

Q: Do trees die from old age? A: Much like humans, trees die do not from old age, but from infections and pests that overwhelm them when they are weak. That said, some trees are more susceptible to weakening factors...

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