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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...

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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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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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  • Ants – Baiting and Removal

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  • Edibles – Identifying Edible Plants

    Q: Where do I go for a good book describing edible outdoor plants? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable  suggests taking some wild edible classes first. That way you’ll have an experienced professional identify plants for you and point out...

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  • Overseeding with Fescue – Waiting For St. Augustine

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  • Planter – Making One From A Trough

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • 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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  • 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...

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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...

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  • Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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Dodder – Preventing Parasites

Q: My beautiful flowering thrift suddenly has lots of very thin yellow strings on it. I pull them off as they do not seem to be rooted, just attached to the stems. A: It’s the parasitic plant named dodder, also...

READ MORE

Violets – Out Of Control

Q: Wild violets are out of control in my bermuda lawn. I want to know is a product named “Confront” will kill this weed. I think it has been removed from the self but not really sure. My neighbor has...

READ MORE

Potatoes – Planting In Fall?

Q: We would like to grow potatoes in the fall as well as spring, but we can never find seed potatoes in the fall. A: Fall potato planting isn’t nearly as successful as planting in early spring. The soil is...

READ MORE

Moisture – Preventing Waterlogged Plants

Q: Do you have any advice for how to lessen moisture and prevent waterlogged plants during this super rainy summer? A: The first job is to remove mulch, except for a thin layer. The second task is to correct any...

READ MORE

Ants – Baiting and Removal

Q: I have tiny brown ants everywhere: deck, garage, stoop, etc. I’ve used bait products plus I can spray an area and it may kill some but within an hour they are back. A: You might not be waiting long...

READ MORE

Squash – Too Late To Plant?

Q: All the rain has wiped out all of my squash. Is it to late to put out a few more zucchini plants? A: Summer squash only takes 50 – 60 days to produce something to eat, so you have...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Least Maintenance?

Q: Which of the hybrid bermudagrasses requires the least maintenance? A: TifWay (Tifton 419) and TifGreen (Tifton 328) are excellent hybrid bermudagrasses developed by Dr. Wayne Hanna in Tifton. Both require regular fertilization and frequent mowing to look their best....

READ MORE

Edibles – Identifying Edible Plants

Q: Where do I go for a good book describing edible outdoor plants? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable  suggests taking some wild edible classes first. That way you’ll have an experienced professional identify plants for you and point out...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Drawing Up Plans

Q: I’m looking for someone to draw up landscape plans. We’ll probably do the work ourselves, but we really need some professional help. A: Strictly speaking, if you want a “plan only ” service, it’s illegal for someone other than...

READ MORE

Society Garlic – Identification

Q: Can the seeds collected from society garlic be planted and, if so, when? A: As its name implies, society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea, is a member of the onion family. Scott Ogden, author of “Garden Bulbs for the South” considers...

READ MORE

Corn Smut – Black Kernels

Q: Every year we grow yellow sweet corn. Recently we discovered two deformed ears with some kind of fungus or growth that is white and black. It was very “yucky” looking! A: You say “yucky” but others say “yummy”! Your...

READ MORE

Overseeding with Fescue – Waiting For St. Augustine

Q: I am going to till my yard and sprig it with St Augustine grass. Is it OK to overseed with fescue until the St Augustine fills in? A: The two grasses will compete for a couple of years, but...

READ MORE

Planter – Making One From A Trough

Q: I have a large galvanized cattle water trough that I want to use as a planter. What kind of drainage holes I should drill in the bottom? A: Tony Johnson is manager of the UGA Research and Education Garden...

READ MORE

Alternatives – Purple Fountain Grass

Q: I read that the purple fountain grass I planted last year will not come back this spring because it freezes in winter. I really like the way it looks but can’t afford to plant it every year. Is there...

READ MORE

Water Oak – Protecting Damage

Q: A vehicle struck a water oak tree in our yard yesterday. There are several deep cuts in the bark Is there anything we should do to the tree to make sure it survives? A: Use a razor knife to...

READ MORE

Onions – Cutting Off The Flowers?

Q: I started some onions from seed this fall. They are Red Delicious Hybrid from Burpee. They are doing well, however I now see them beginning to form flowers. Should I cut off the flowers at the bottom of the...

READ MORE

Plants – Bringing in to Georgia

Q: I’m moving from New Mexico to Alpharetta in a few weeks and just received a beautiful Goldfinger cinquefoil plant as a gift. Am I allowed to bring it in the state? A: We are all excited to hear of...

READ MORE

Forsythia – Pruning Tips

Q: I have a large happy forsythia. It is probably ten feet across but I would like to prune it. Any recommendation on when and how? A: Now is the perfect time. The plant will have plenty of time 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,...

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

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 – 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

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