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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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    Q: A co-worker you discussed albino squirrels on the radio. I have one that frequents my yard here in Norcross. A: Albino squirrels are unusual but not exactly rare. It’s a genetic trait that is passed from parent squirrels to...

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  • Sweetgum – Bark Missing

    Q: I recently purchased a house and in the back yard are two sweetgum trees that have no bark near the base of the tree. Are these trees on their way out or do you think they will recover? A:...

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  • Specticle G – For Weed Control

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  • Spring Bulbs – Fertilize in Late Winter

    My rule of thumb for fertilizing any plant is to do it when it is actively growing. Spring-flowering bulbs, like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths fool us though. They seem to be “actively growing” in spring when flowers appear. But the...

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  • Pride Of Barbados – Surviving The Cold

    Q: While visiting San Antonio this summer we saw beautiful Pride of Barbados bushes with lovely flame orange flowers. My husband had to have one and we planted it in a very large pot. When the temperature dropped into the...

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  • Crapemyrtle – To Prune, Or Not To Prune

    Q: I planted ten Acoma crapemyrtle sprouts four years ago. I’m not sure how they should be pruned or if they should be pruned at all. A: ‘Acoma’ crapemyrtle is a small-statured, white-blooming crapemyrtle. It grows to approximately ten feet...

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  • Japanese Maple – Leaves Have Dropped

    Q: Last August we bought and had planted a large dwarf Japanese maple. We were told to water it regularly for the first year. Do we continue to water after the tree drops its leaves? A: I think your instincts...

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  • Azalea – Golden Yellow Leaves

    Q: With the early cold snap, some of my azalea leaves are now a golden yellow color. Is there anything I should do? A: What you’re seeing is normal behavior for azaleas. The yellow leaves are those that were produced...

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  • Cardinals – Where Are They?

    Q:I have not seen cardinals at our feeders since October. Do you have any ideas as to what happened? A: I don’t know but other bird lovers have noted the same thing. Perhaps a hawk or an owl has settled...

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  • Miscanthus – Turned Brown

    Q: Our new yard has a grassy plant next to the front steps. It is about four feet high and has feathery plumes at the ends of stems. It is brown now. Do we cut it back? A: It’s probably...

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  • Japanese Maple – Brown Leaves

    Q: Is there an explanation as to why our Japanese maples’ leaves are all brown but still hanging onto the trees? A: I’ve noticed as well that leaves on some crapemyrtles are lingering longer than usual this year. Young American...

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  • Grape Vine – Deer Damage

    Q: A deer chewed my grape vine clean in half about two feet off the ground. Do I need to dig up vine and start over? A: The grape vine will definitely come back, either from just below the damage...

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  • Greenhouse – Lighting Systems

    Q: My parents recently purchased a small hobby greenhouse. I want to purchase some sort of supplemental lighting system for them. Do you have any recommendations? A: The lighting system is a good idea. They can easily start seeds in...

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  • Euonymus – White Dots On Leaves

    Q: I have a variegated euonymus shrub which has little white dots covering the leaves and stems. I need your help in identifying the culprit. A: You have euonymus scale, a sap sucking insect. In my experience, a heavy infestation...

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  • Frost Cover – When Should It Be Taken Off

    Q: How long can the white fabric used for frost protection be left on plants? A: The translucent material commonly called “floating row cover” is very handy stuff. It allows most of the sunshine and rain to penetrate but holds...

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  • Hyacinth – Storing Seed Pods

    Q: I have collected seed pods from my hyacinth bean vine that I planted last spring. How should I store the seeds? A: Now that the pods are brown and stiff you can simply pick them off the vine and...

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  • Carrots – Surviving Winter

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  • Lily – Storing Over Winter

    Q: I have just received an order of canna lily roots in plastic bags. How do I keep them over the winter? A: If you leave the roots in the bags, they will rot. Take them out of the bags...

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Squirrel – Albino

Q: A co-worker you discussed albino squirrels on the radio. I have one that frequents my yard here in Norcross. A: Albino squirrels are unusual but not exactly rare. It’s a genetic trait that is passed from parent squirrels to...

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Bark Missing

Q: I recently purchased a house and in the back yard are two sweetgum trees that have no bark near the base of the tree. Are these trees on their way out or do you think they will recover? A:...

READ MORE

Specticle G – For Weed Control

My bermuda lawn was inundated with ugly goose grass weed for 5 years. I tried all kinds of post and pre-emergence products with no luck at all. Last March 15th I used Specticle G by the Bayer company and applied...

READ MORE

Spring Bulbs – Fertilize in Late Winter

My rule of thumb for fertilizing any plant is to do it when it is actively growing. Spring-flowering bulbs, like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths fool us though. They seem to be “actively growing” in spring when flowers appear. But the...

READ MORE

Pride Of Barbados – Surviving The Cold

Q: While visiting San Antonio this summer we saw beautiful Pride of Barbados bushes with lovely flame orange flowers. My husband had to have one and we planted it in a very large pot. When the temperature dropped into the...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – To Prune, Or Not To Prune

Q: I planted ten Acoma crapemyrtle sprouts four years ago. I’m not sure how they should be pruned or if they should be pruned at all. A: ‘Acoma’ crapemyrtle is a small-statured, white-blooming crapemyrtle. It grows to approximately ten feet...

READ MORE

Japanese Maple – Leaves Have Dropped

Q: Last August we bought and had planted a large dwarf Japanese maple. We were told to water it regularly for the first year. Do we continue to water after the tree drops its leaves? A: I think your instincts...

READ MORE

Azalea – Golden Yellow Leaves

Q: With the early cold snap, some of my azalea leaves are now a golden yellow color. Is there anything I should do? A: What you’re seeing is normal behavior for azaleas. The yellow leaves are those that were produced...

READ MORE

Cardinals – Where Are They?

Q:I have not seen cardinals at our feeders since October. Do you have any ideas as to what happened? A: I don’t know but other bird lovers have noted the same thing. Perhaps a hawk or an owl has settled...

READ MORE

Miscanthus – Turned Brown

Q: Our new yard has a grassy plant next to the front steps. It is about four feet high and has feathery plumes at the ends of stems. It is brown now. Do we cut it back? A: It’s probably...

READ MORE

Japanese Maple – Brown Leaves

Q: Is there an explanation as to why our Japanese maples’ leaves are all brown but still hanging onto the trees? A: I’ve noticed as well that leaves on some crapemyrtles are lingering longer than usual this year. Young American...

READ MORE

Grape Vine – Deer Damage

Q: A deer chewed my grape vine clean in half about two feet off the ground. Do I need to dig up vine and start over? A: The grape vine will definitely come back, either from just below the damage...

READ MORE

Greenhouse – Lighting Systems

Q: My parents recently purchased a small hobby greenhouse. I want to purchase some sort of supplemental lighting system for them. Do you have any recommendations? A: The lighting system is a good idea. They can easily start seeds in...

READ MORE

Euonymus – White Dots On Leaves

Q: I have a variegated euonymus shrub which has little white dots covering the leaves and stems. I need your help in identifying the culprit. A: You have euonymus scale, a sap sucking insect. In my experience, a heavy infestation...

READ MORE

Frost Cover – When Should It Be Taken Off

Q: How long can the white fabric used for frost protection be left on plants? A: The translucent material commonly called “floating row cover” is very handy stuff. It allows most of the sunshine and rain to penetrate but holds...

READ MORE

Hyacinth – Storing Seed Pods

Q: I have collected seed pods from my hyacinth bean vine that I planted last spring. How should I store the seeds? A: Now that the pods are brown and stiff you can simply pick them off the vine and...

READ MORE

Carrots – Surviving Winter

Q: Will my carrot’s make it through winter freezes? I have them in a window box on my deck. The green leaves are about 12″ tall. A: Carrots are cold weather champs. But growing them in a shallow, easy-to-freeze container...

READ MORE

Lily – Storing Over Winter

Q: I have just received an order of canna lily roots in plastic bags. How do I keep them over the winter? A: If you leave the roots in the bags, they will rot. Take them out of the bags...

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