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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2014

I get real pleasure from travelling with folks who like to see the world. Going to Callaway Gardens was a real trip when I was a kid! Now I get to see the corners of the globe with gardeners (and spouses!) on trips I plan and host each year. In...

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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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READ MORE

Windmill Palm – Bud Rot

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READ MORE

Tree Hole (Cavity) – Filling?

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READ MORE

Black Twig Borer – Sweet Bay Magnolia

Q: My 5+ year old sweet bay has some dead branches. When I cut open the branch there were small black beetles inside. Do you have an idea what is going on? A: I’m seeing more and more example of...

READ MORE

Why Are Jerusalem Artichoke and Jerusalem Cherry So Named?

Q: Why are Jerusalem cherry and Jerusalem artichoke so-named? What do they have to do with the Holy Land? A: Email me if you have better answers than these: Dr. Douglas A. Bailey, UGA Department of Horticulture: To my knowledge...

READ MORE

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Q: In 2001 my husband built a beautiful arbor for my Lady Banks rose . In April 2005 she was beautiful on the arbor, bloomed profusely, everything was lovely. Now, for the past several years she has totally covered the...

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Imperial Moth Caterpillar (Green Form) – Identification

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READ MORE

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Pansy – Cold Weather Survival

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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Q: What is the difference between creeping Charlie, pennywort and dichondra? A: All three are ground-hugging weeds that love damp soil. I collected leaves of all three so you could compare what you have. Note that creeping Charlie leaves have...

READ MORE

Pennywort (Dollarweed) – Control

Q: I have pennywort in my St Augustine lawn. How can I control it? A: Like its weedy cousin, creeping Charlie, pennywort, also known as dollarweed, is tough to eradicate. Any of the three-way broadleaf weed killers (click for sources) will...

READ MORE

Honoring Nolberto Ramirez

Each year WSB radio sponsors a donation drive, called the Care a Thon, to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Along with other WSB radio hosts, we devote 35 hours of programming to ask...

READ MORE

White Flannel Moth Caterpillar (Norape ovina) – Identification

Q: Can you identify this caterpillar for me? My wife found them on our Red Buds and unfortunately touched one. She won’t do it again! A: It’s a white flannel moth caterpillar…Norape ovina. All flannel moth caterpillars have stinging spines....

READ MORE

Magnolia – Clusters of Leaves Turning Brown

Q: Some of our magnolias have leaf “clusters”, that are turning brown . Could you advise us about possible causes? A: I think the flagging is caused by black twig borer. If it was a twig girdler, you would have...

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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 – 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