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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 unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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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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  • 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

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Pre-emerge – Bluegrass

Q: Can I still put out a pre-emerge to control annual bluegrass in a bermudagrass lawn? If so what type? A: I anticipate a big resurgence of lawn weeds this spring and summer due to the stress from the drought...

READ MORE

Fall leavers – Natural areas and islands

Q: Tell me about keeping fall leaves in natural areas and islands from year to year. It is my opinion that the leaves enrich the soil, provide a good mulch and look almost as good as pine straw. Others argue...

READ MORE

China Doll Plant – Health

Q: I have a four-foot tall China Doll plant. It flourished outside but indoors the leaves are yellow and falling off. A: Although China Doll plant, Radermachera sinica, is sold as a house plant, it can eventually grow to 30...

READ MORE

Tree Cutting – Stumps

Q: I have two trees in my front yard that will be cut down. I am not sure whether to leave a stump or not. If I decide to leave stumps, how tall should the stumps be? A: Folks usually...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Mowing

Q: I see where your lawn care calendar recommends a last cutting of bermudagrass in late October. But lots of leaves blow onto my lawn in November and I usually mulch them away with my mower. Will that activity be...

READ MORE

Rainwater Collection – Benefits

Q: I’m trying to decide if collecting rainwater would benefit my lawn. How much water would I need to sustain a 4300 sq. ft. lawn? A: In my view, it isn’t worth collecting water to save a lawn. A lawn...

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Centipede Lawn – Seed Development

Q: Is there any benefit to allow seed heads to develop on a centipede lawn. Will the lawn reseed itself? A: Practically speaking, there is not much benefit. Centipedegrass has low seed yield compared to other turfgrasses. Individual seeds are...

READ MORE

‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria – Bad?

Q: I have a ‘Yoshino’ cryptomeria planted in my apple orchard. Is that a bad thing? I had read that planting flowering quince near an orchard is not good. A: Although cryptomeria and juniper are both members of the Cypress...

READ MORE

Privet – Spreading Too Much?

Q: If I use privet as a hedge along my property line, is there any reason to be concerned about the berries making their way into a nearby vegetable garden? A: There is every reason to be concerned! Chinese privet...

READ MORE

AC Condensation- Stagnant

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Potatoes – Low Carb

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READ MORE

Termites – Inspection

Q: My termite inspector has asked to come in winter. He said the yearly inspection can be done any time of the year but I have my doubts. A: Termite expert Dan Suiter says there’s no law that says when...

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Ladybug (Lady Beetle) Larvae – Identification

Q: Any idea what these critters are? They seem to be multiplying on our vine on our arbor. Not sure if they are something to worry about. A: You have some beautiful ladybug larvae! They develop eventually into beneficial ladybugs…so...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Powdery Mildew Identification

Q: I have a beautiful dogwood tree that reaches to the second floor deck. It looks really healthy, but today I noticed white spots on the leaves. A: Your dogwood has powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a common disease of...

READ MORE

Oak Leaf Blister

Q: The leaves on my large water oak have numerous blisters on them. The tree is also dropping lots of leaves. What can I do to help? A: Your tree has oak leaf blister and you can’t do much about...

READ MORE

Nemacide – Nematode Control

Q: I have looked for Nemacide to no avail. Once upon a time it was easily purchased at any garden center but now it is gone. A: Nemacide was used to control soil nematodes. Its no longer available due to...

READ MORE

Deer – Prevention

Q: We love the mountains and woods but we are having a constant problem with deer. They have severely eaten my ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ holly and ligustrums, both of which we were told “Deer do not eat!”. How do I...

READ MORE

Woodpecker – Prevention

Q: A small woodpecker-type bird is pecking large holes in the synthetic stucco facade of our chimney. What can we do to prevent this? A: Woodpecker “drumming” is common at this time of year. They seem to be making noise...

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

Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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

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

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...

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