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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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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

Water requirements – Seasons

Q: Is the water requirement for trees the same in winter as in summer: two gallons per inch of diameter per day? A: No. Deciduous trees need no added water in winter, because they have no leaves. Established evergreen trees,...

READ MORE

Persimmon tree – Stratification

Q: I have a persimmon tree that bears delicious fruit. I want to germinate some seeds and transplant them to my daughter’s yard. I’ve read that “stratification” is recommended for persimmon seeds. What does this mean? A: Stratify means to...

READ MORE

Snakes – Ground stomping

Q: Is it true that stomping my feet or hitting a stick on the ground will make snakes move away when I throw yard waste into the woods? A: Your information is exactly correct. A snake’s brain is so small...

READ MORE

Hole in Yard – Decomposed Stump

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Pecans – Shipping

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READ MORE

Blueberry Bushes – Watering

Q: Because of the watering ban, I’ve been using shower water on my five mid-size blueberry bushes. Should I continue to water them throughout the winter? A: Why are you using shower water? Most water providers exempt food gardens from...

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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...

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Dehumidifier – Graywater

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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

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

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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...

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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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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...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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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