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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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  • Chia – Growing in Georgia

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Thorny Tree – Decorate with Gumdrops

Q: My family went on an annual woods trek with my 83-year-old mother to look for what she calls a “hall tree”. It is a small prickly bush that we piece together into Styrofoam and adorn with gumdrops to make...

READ MORE

Chia – Growing in Georgia

Q: Can we grow chia in Georgia? I like to sprinkle the health-giving seeds on my cereal. A: I have fond college memories of growing chia on a clay figure of Richard Nixon. He had a scraggly green beard but...

READ MORE

Cryptomeria – Two Trunks

Q:We have recently had new cryptomerias planted. One of the trees has two trunks and we have been told we should cut the smaller one off. Should we cut it or leave it? A: Because the trunks are leaning outward...

READ MORE

Snowball Viburnum – Lacecap Flowers

Q: I planted a snowball bush three years ago. It bloomed beautifully this spring. This fall it started blooming again but instead of snowballs it looks just like a lacecap hydrangea. How could that happen? A: It’s lovely for me...

READ MORE

Pine Tree – Brown Needles in Fall

Q: I’m seeing a lot of brown needles on my pine trees this fall. Is this normal? A: It’s perfectly normal. Although we think of pine trees as evergreen, a better description would be “semi-evergreen”. An individual needle stays on...

READ MORE

Ringnecked Snake – Identification

Q: This little fellow showed up on my patio today. Can you identify what kind of a snake this is? A: It’s a lovely little ringnecked snake. It is completely harmless. It could even be considered a garden helper since...

READ MORE

Rugosa Rose – Growing

Q: While on vacation in Maine we loved seeing the beach roses in the sandy soil! They smelled beautifully. Would these roses make it here? A: I’ll bet you were seeing rugosa roses. The leaves have a characteristic corrugated surface....

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Horse Pasture – Resources

Q: My daughters want to have horses on our property. Does UGA have resources for them? A: The University of Georgia has excellent resources for you. Read these then call your local Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1. Fences for Horses Horse...

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Dogwood – Leaf Spot in Fall

Q: What are these spots on my dogwood leaves? How do I control them? A: Elizabeth Little, a plant disease expert at UGA says it is likely Pseudocercospora cornicola. Leaf spots are more prevalent during wet weather and are nothing...

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Cryptomeria – Difference Between ‘Yoshino’ and ‘Radicans’

Q: What is the difference between cryptomeria Yoshino and cryptomeria Radicans? A: I haven’t grown either personally but my landscaper friends say this: Danna Cain “The radicans are smaller, a darker green and I’m told have better resistance to tip...

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Magnolia Scale – Controlling

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READ MORE

Split Trunk – Will It Heal?

Q: One of my large flowering cherry trees split down the middle. Can I save it by putting a strap around the tree and pulling it back together? A: Eventually the tree will fail but you might be able to...

READ MORE

Stump Sprouts – Growing

Q: I had a very old oak tree that got some kind of root disease and it had to be removed. I did not have the stump ground down. It is sprouting baby oak trees along with huge mushrooms. If...

READ MORE

Beer, Detergents for Your Lawn – False Claims

I have mentioned before my disdain for television hucksters touting lawn care “formulas” made from household products. The presentation is enthusiastic but the recommendations contain only tiny nuggets of scientific truth. It is true that household ammonia contains a small...

READ MORE

Osteospermum (African daisy) – Leaf Damage

Q: I planted this flower a few weeks ago. Something seems to be eating it. A: Osteospermum (African daisy) is very attractive and has few insect enemies. This looks like moderate feeding damage caused by a leaf-footed bug or a...

READ MORE

Pear Gourd – Identification

Q: During this past spring, I noticed a plant growing in my front yard. I let it grow and it turned out to be a gourd plant! I continued to let it grow until I harvested the gourds last week....

READ MORE

Lacebark Elm (Chinese Elm) – Identification

Q: What kind of tree is in these pictures? Are they hardy for north GA? A: A nice looking lacebark elm! It is an excellent tree and would grow well in north Georgia. The mottled bark is particularly attractive. Dr....

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 (Identifying) 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...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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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

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

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