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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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  • Crepe Myrtle – Should It Be Removed?

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    Q: My local nursery has some apple serviceberry trees that have four to five trunks. Would this species thrive here? A: Apple serviceberry is Amelanchier x grandiflora. ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is a popular cultivar. This and other Amelanchier species are native...

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  • Crabgrass – Targeted Control

    Q: I have a vegetable garden with a terrible crabgrass problem. Is there anything I can use to control the crabgrass and not hurt my seeds? A: You could use a weed preventer containing trifluralin (Monterey Vegetable Weeder). If you...

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  • Centipede Grass – Correct pH Balance

    Q: I got the soil test results back for my centipede lawn. It says my soil pH is 6.5. I know centipede likes acid soil. Do you think I need to somehow make the soil more acid? A: Plants have...

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  • Labels – What To Use Outside

    Q: I need to know what writing instrument I can use to make my outdoor plant labels. I need something that doesn’t fade. A: I use a Brother P-Touch label maker and flat metal label holders that have thick wire...

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  • Magnolias – Growing In Germany

    Q: My family from Germany visits every year and they love magnolia trees. Is there any variety I can buy that will survive the winters in southern Germany? A: Plant hardiness zones in Germany run North-South, rather than East-West like...

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  • Christmas Cactus – Buds Often Dying

    Q: Why do the immature buds of a blooming Christmas cactus often dry up and fall off? A: In my observation, it’s most often caused by low humidity or by the plant being near a furnace vent. Move your plant...

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  • Composting – Old Beans And Popcorn

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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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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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...

    READ MORE

  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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  • Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Onions – Small Bulbs

Q: I bought sweet onion starts from a big box store last October and planted them in my garden. The tops seem to do really well but all I get are skinny green onions that do not become big. What...

READ MORE

Vines – Wrapping Counter Clock-Wise?

Q: Every vine that I’ve noticed winds around the support counter clock-wise. Do they all do that? In the southern hemisphere, do the vines all wind clockwise? A: Vines twine because as they grow longer they also circumnutate (bend in...

READ MORE

Plants – First Come, First Serve Dig Day

Q: We are selling an old home for a tear-down and have the right to dig up any plants on the two acre property before we close. My family will get some of the plants but many more will be...

READ MORE

Dimension 2EW – Usage On Zoysia

Q: There is a pre-emergent called Dimension 2EW that specifically lists mulberry weed as a target. Do you know if this product can be used in a perennial garden setting as well as on zoysia grass? A: Dimension 2EW is...

READ MORE

Lemon – Proper Watering

Q: My son gave me a Meyer lemon tree for Christmas. The plant was filled with beautiful lemons and blooms. Since then, the blossoms have dropped as well as most of the leaves. I water it regularly. I have noticed...

READ MORE

Crepe Myrtle – Should It Be Removed?

Q: I have a crepe myrtle eight feet from my porch steps. The branches extend over the walkway. In spring and summer dried buds fall and stain my concrete. Is my best move to remove the tree? A: There is...

READ MORE

Apple Serviceberry – Will They Thrive?

Q: My local nursery has some apple serviceberry trees that have four to five trunks. Would this species thrive here? A: Apple serviceberry is Amelanchier x grandiflora. ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is a popular cultivar. This and other Amelanchier species are native...

READ MORE

Crabgrass – Targeted Control

Q: I have a vegetable garden with a terrible crabgrass problem. Is there anything I can use to control the crabgrass and not hurt my seeds? A: You could use a weed preventer containing trifluralin (Monterey Vegetable Weeder). If you...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Correct pH Balance

Q: I got the soil test results back for my centipede lawn. It says my soil pH is 6.5. I know centipede likes acid soil. Do you think I need to somehow make the soil more acid? A: Plants have...

READ MORE

Labels – What To Use Outside

Q: I need to know what writing instrument I can use to make my outdoor plant labels. I need something that doesn’t fade. A: I use a Brother P-Touch label maker and flat metal label holders that have thick wire...

READ MORE

Magnolias – Growing In Germany

Q: My family from Germany visits every year and they love magnolia trees. Is there any variety I can buy that will survive the winters in southern Germany? A: Plant hardiness zones in Germany run North-South, rather than East-West like...

READ MORE

Christmas Cactus – Buds Often Dying

Q: Why do the immature buds of a blooming Christmas cactus often dry up and fall off? A: In my observation, it’s most often caused by low humidity or by the plant being near a furnace vent. Move your plant...

READ MORE

Pre-Emergents – A Double Application

Q: I am considering combining two types of pre-emergents, Halts and LESCO 0-0-7 and applying them in one application, instead of double. Is combining the two products a good idea? A: Halts and LESCO contain the same weed preventer chemical:...

READ MORE

Composting – Old Beans And Popcorn

Q: I’ve come across several big sealed buckets of twenty-year-old dry beans and popcorn. Is it possible to add these to our compost bin? A: I think crushing the beans/corn into pieces would be fine. A flour-like consistency might allow...

READ MORE

Cinnamon – Growing The Tree!!

Q: I would like to grow a cinnamon tree! Could I grow it like my fig tree: inside in the cold months and outside in hot months? A: It’s theoretically possible. Look online for a source of the plant Cinnamomum...

READ MORE

Tulips – Planting Method

Q: I received potted tulips for Valentines Day. Can I plant them in the ground now? A: You’re welcome to put them in the ground but it’s not likely they will reward you with large blooms in years to come....

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Whens The Best Time?

Q: What’s the best time to fertilize hydrangeas, azaleas, peonies, etc.? A: In general, the best time to fertilize is when a plant begins to grow vigorously, usually in spring. A typical recommendation is one tablespoon of 10-10-10 per foot...

READ MORE

Potatoes – Growing Your Own

Q: I am trying, with no luck, to find seed for “rooster potatoes.” I found these delicious little gems at a big box grocery and they are wonderful. The ones I bought don’t seem to want to sprout. A: Rooster...

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

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

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