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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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  • Fertilizing – 3-4 Times A Year

    Q: I’ve heard you recommend fertilizing fescue 3 or 4 times a year. Are your recommendations designed for water-soluble fertilizers like 10-10-10? With the higher nitrogen slow-release fertilizers, the pounds of nitrogen per thousand square feet would exceed the recommended...

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  • Aeration – Sand Afterward?

    Q: What is the best type of sand to use following aeration of our bermuda lawn to help provide better drainage for the Georgia red clay? A: I don’t recommend using sand after aeration. Experts say that you need to...

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  • Tomatoes – Planting With Lime

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  • Zoysia – What With The Lime Application?

    Q: We have zoysia grass and have never put lime on it. Should I do so now or do I have to test the soil first? A: All lawn grasses benefit by having the proper soil pH. If your soil...

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  • Fescue – Aeration Leading To Weeds?

    Q: I had my fescue lawn aerated last fall and put fescue seed out at the same time. The fescue is growing great but there are lots of weeds. A: The aeration probably brought up some dormant weed seed, which...

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  • Raised Beds – Plans and Tips

    Q: Do you have plans for a raised vegetable garden? A: Raised beds make a lot of sense because they are easier to manage and the soil can be amended to make it perfect for vegetables. Personally, I use 2″...

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  • Color – What To Plant For Color!

    Q: We have a Bradford pear tree in the front yard and grass does not grow under it. What would suggest I put there for color instead of a pine straw island? A: You have lots of choices! Some of...

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  • Bottlebrush – Surviving In Atlanta

    Q: On a recent trip to Jekyll Island I saw several beautiful bottle brush shrubs. Will they grow here? A: This Australian native is certainly tempting! But I spoke with three experienced landscapers and all had seen examples of “experimental”...

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  • Heirloom Tomatoes – Where To Get Them

    Q: Where can I buy heirloom tomato plants in or near Washington County? A: Heirloom tomatoes taste great and many community farm markets and hardware stores now carry them. Don’t forget online tomato suppliers as well. I have lots of...

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  • Protecting Peaches – Using A Net?

    Q: Last year I noticed that my peaches were gone and the tree seemed to attract birds. My neighbor suggested that I put netting over the tree to prevent the birds from eating my fruit this year. Is this wise?...

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  • Earthworms – Help Aerate Red Clay?

    Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

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  • Seedlings – Relatively Inexpensive

    Q: I have a large pine straw island in the back of my property and I plan to plant several pine trees and maybe some bushes in between. Is there any place where I can get free tree seedlings? A:...

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  • Seed Club – Checking Seed Viability

    Q: Last year I subscribed to a seed club but not many were planted. I have a plethora of seeds that I would love to plant this spring. Is this possible? A: It’s easy to test their viability. Put five...

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  • Squirrel – In The Attic

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  • Label Holders – Where To Get Them

    Q: In a recent column you mentioned using metal label holders to identify plants in a garden. Where do you get these? A: Local nurseries have them, typically made from copper or zinc. Two online suppliers include www.metalgardenmarkers.com and...

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  • Treated Wood – Lining Raised Beds?

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  • Bermuda – Aeration and Lime

    Q: I have an acre of bermuda sod. I usually aerate every year. My pH is 5.5 so I need to apply lime. Can I aerate and lime at the same time? A: I guess lime would go a bit...

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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....

    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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  • 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

    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...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Beetles – Minimizing Dog Waste

Q: When we lived in Florida we used dung beetles to minimize dog deposits in the yard. It actually worked pretty well. Where can we get these critters here in Georgia? A: Any cow pasture will have lots of dung...

READ MORE

Fertilizing – 3-4 Times A Year

Q: I’ve heard you recommend fertilizing fescue 3 or 4 times a year. Are your recommendations designed for water-soluble fertilizers like 10-10-10? With the higher nitrogen slow-release fertilizers, the pounds of nitrogen per thousand square feet would exceed the recommended...

READ MORE

Aeration – Sand Afterward?

Q: What is the best type of sand to use following aeration of our bermuda lawn to help provide better drainage for the Georgia red clay? A: I don’t recommend using sand after aeration. Experts say that you need to...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Planting With Lime

Q: Should we put lime in the bottom of the hole when planting our tomato plants? How much? A: Garden lime supplies calcium that prevents blossom end rot in tomatoes. It also counteracts soil acidity. However, you don’t need much...

READ MORE

Zoysia – What With The Lime Application?

Q: We have zoysia grass and have never put lime on it. Should I do so now or do I have to test the soil first? A: All lawn grasses benefit by having the proper soil pH. If your soil...

READ MORE

Fescue – Aeration Leading To Weeds?

Q: I had my fescue lawn aerated last fall and put fescue seed out at the same time. The fescue is growing great but there are lots of weeds. A: The aeration probably brought up some dormant weed seed, which...

READ MORE

Raised Beds – Plans and Tips

Q: Do you have plans for a raised vegetable garden? A: Raised beds make a lot of sense because they are easier to manage and the soil can be amended to make it perfect for vegetables. Personally, I use 2″...

READ MORE

Color – What To Plant For Color!

Q: We have a Bradford pear tree in the front yard and grass does not grow under it. What would suggest I put there for color instead of a pine straw island? A: You have lots of choices! Some of...

READ MORE

Bottlebrush – Surviving In Atlanta

Q: On a recent trip to Jekyll Island I saw several beautiful bottle brush shrubs. Will they grow here? A: This Australian native is certainly tempting! But I spoke with three experienced landscapers and all had seen examples of “experimental”...

READ MORE

Heirloom Tomatoes – Where To Get Them

Q: Where can I buy heirloom tomato plants in or near Washington County? A: Heirloom tomatoes taste great and many community farm markets and hardware stores now carry them. Don’t forget online tomato suppliers as well. I have lots of...

READ MORE

Protecting Peaches – Using A Net?

Q: Last year I noticed that my peaches were gone and the tree seemed to attract birds. My neighbor suggested that I put netting over the tree to prevent the birds from eating my fruit this year. Is this wise?...

READ MORE

Earthworms – Help Aerate Red Clay?

Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

READ MORE

Seedlings – Relatively Inexpensive

Q: I have a large pine straw island in the back of my property and I plan to plant several pine trees and maybe some bushes in between. Is there any place where I can get free tree seedlings? A:...

READ MORE

Seed Club – Checking Seed Viability

Q: Last year I subscribed to a seed club but not many were planted. I have a plethora of seeds that I would love to plant this spring. Is this possible? A: It’s easy to test their viability. Put five...

READ MORE

Squirrel – In The Attic

Q: We have a squirrel in our attic. I had a roofer fix the hole in the eaves but it is still finding a way in. Do you have a recipe to keep out squirrels? A: I don’t know of...

READ MORE

Label Holders – Where To Get Them

Q: In a recent column you mentioned using metal label holders to identify plants in a garden. Where do you get these? A: Local nurseries have them, typically made from copper or zinc. Two online suppliers include www.metalgardenmarkers.com and...

READ MORE

Treated Wood – Lining Raised Beds?

Q: My wife and I just built two raised beds with landscaping timber. We know that these are treated. What can we line the inside of the beds with to make sure that the veggies taste right and don’t hurt...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Aeration and Lime

Q: I have an acre of bermuda sod. I usually aerate every year. My pH is 5.5 so I need to apply lime. Can I aerate and lime at the same time? A: I guess lime would go a bit...

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