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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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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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  • Starting Vegetable Seed – Best Timing

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  • Florida Betony – Edible

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  • Hollow Tree – Rocks in Center

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Ivy – Removing From a Wall

Q: Our house is clad with synthetic stucco. We removed some climbing vines but the stucco had stuff on it after we removed the vines. It is impossible to pull it off ! Do you have any idea how we...

READ MORE

Starting Vegetable Seed – Best Timing

Q: When is the best date in north Georgia to start vegetable seeds so as to be ready to transplant into our garden? A: It all depends on which plants you want to grow. Some, like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and...

READ MORE

African Violet – Repotting Offsets

Q: My African violet has produced another stem from the main stem and the new “baby” is blooming! Can I divide them? A: It’s not terribly unusual for a mature African violet to make a “baby” sprouting from the main...

READ MORE

Monarch Butterfly – Attracting

Q: I’d like to plant milkweed to attract and feed Monarch butterflies. Where can I get seed? A: “Monarchs Across Georgia” is a project of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia . They have a great website that lists resources...

READ MORE

Climbing Spikes (Spurs) – Damage to Tree

Q: I have some large pines in the yard that need some dead limbs taken out. Will the climbing spikes on a tree guy’s boots hurt the tree? A: The consensus among professional tree care companies is that spikes do...

READ MORE

‘Yellow Delicious’ Apple – Pollination

Q: I recently purchased a Yellow Delicious apple tree. Do I need a pollinator for it? A: You’ll get reasonably good fruit set with a single tree but better pollination will occur if you have a ‘Stayman’ or ‘Rome Beauty’...

READ MORE

Mole Control – Close the Tunnels

Q: We have moles digging up our yard. How do we get rid of them? A: Mole control partially depends on your own psychological makeup. If you are a Type A person who simply must see a dead mole, use...

READ MORE

Pre-emergent – Application in Coastal Georgia

Q: I’ve seen your recommendation to apply a pre-emergent on March 1. Is that just for the Atlanta area? When should I apply pre-emergent herbicide on the Georgia coast? A: You’re right. Crabgrass wakes up earlier in warmer sites in...

READ MORE

Hand Cream – For Gardeners’ Dry Skin

Q: A while back I heard an advertisement for a hand cream for gardeners with dry skin. Do you know its name? A: I’ve used Udder Butter before with good results. It was invented to heal skin cracks in cow...

READ MORE

Vole – Damage to Base of Cherry

Q: This cherry tree is my favorite and its base is showing this damage. I do not want to lose it. A: I’ve seen identical damage at the base of a flowering cherry that “up and died” overnight. One day...

READ MORE

Florida Betony – Edible

Q: I have a very invasive weed with a tuberous root. Can you tell me what it is and how to get rid of it? A: It’s a really bad weed: Florida betony (aka rattlesnake weed). It’s hard to control but...

READ MORE

Hollow Tree – Rocks in Center

Q: I cut down a big red oak tree and found rocks in the hollow center. How did they get there? Possibilities include: long ago damage to tree and rocks were dumped in via the top (but there are no...

READ MORE

Philodendron – Rooting in Water

Q: I was pruning one of my philodendrons before putting them in the greenhouse for the winter. My wife found one of the leaves and put it in a glass with water. Now, here it is with a decent root...

READ MORE

Tomato Leaf Miner

Q: What do you know about the new pest tomato leaf miner? A: Zero! A gardener brought the pest to my attention in January, 2015 and all I could find was warnings that it would be very hard to manage....

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Bark Scale

Q: What do you know about crapemyrtle bark scale? A: All I know was passed to me by Steve Pettis in the Rockdale Extension office. Here are some references: Crapemyrtle Bark Scale – Arkansas Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Spreading in...

READ MORE

Jelly Fungus – On Twig

Q:I am guessing this is some kind of fungus and it isn’t good for my tree. A: It looks like one of the jelly fungi, probably Exidia recisa. The twig is dead and the fungus is decomposing it. No harm...

READ MORE

Nostoc Bacteria – In Damp Gravel

Q: I have this stuff that looks like dark green seaweed growing on my gravel driveway. I looked online and found posts on garden forums from other people who have it and no one can seem to get rid of...

READ MORE

Hellebore (Lenten Rose) – Aphids

Q: I was piddling around with my hellebores yesterday (Jan 25, 2015) and found a big infestation of aphids under the leaves of my ‘Ivory Prince’. I didn’t know aphids attacked hellebores! A: You are very observant! Hellebores have their...

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...

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

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 – 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