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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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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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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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  • Ruts – Removal

    Q: When a company removed trees from my yard, their truck left four-inch deep ruts in the lawn. How can I fix them? A: If any grass survived in the bottom of the ruts, lift it out and set it...

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  • Fruit trees – Production

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  • Lenten rose – Propagation

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  • Sun Protection – Hat

    Q: As an avid gardener and a victim of skin cancer, I am looking for the optimal sun protection hat. What hat does Dr. Allen Armitage wear on your TV show? A: Nationally known University of Georgia horticulturist Allen Armitage...

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  • Propagate – Aloe plant

    Q: Can you please tell me how to propagate an aloe plant and a Mother-in-law’s Tongue? A: Make a 1:1 mix of potting soil and perlite. Mix with enough water so that when you squeeze a handful no water comes...

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  • Fescue Infestation – Getting rid of

    Q: I accidentally seeded my lawn with fescue. I had a beautiful bermuda lawn and now the fescue is taking over. How can I get rid of it? A: The easiest thing would be to apply imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass)...

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  • Earthworms – Buying

    Q: I am putting in a small backyard vegetable garden. I want to add earthworms to let them do their stuff beforehand. Where can I buy earthworms? A: You don’t need to buy earthworms. If you add soil conditioner and...

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  • Japanese Maple – Growth

    Q: I have a twelve-year old Japanese maple, which has branches that umbrella into a five foot diameter canopy. There is new growth on only twenty five percent of the branches. What would you recommend now for this beautiful tree?...

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  • Lantana – Identification

    Q: I have three lantana that I planted last year and they got to be a real nice size. They appear to be dead now. Are they gone? A: Not all lantana’s are reliably hardy in the Atlanta area. In...

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  • Bay leaf – Roaches

    Q: If I plant a bay leaf plant next to my kitchen window, do you think it will it help to repel roaches from the area? A: I’m not aware of any scientific research that shows that bay leaves repel...

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  • Crossvine – Pods

    Q: My crossvine is producing its annual pods. I wondered if these can be used to produce new vines and, if so, how? A: Crossvine can be easily propagated from seed. Just wait until the pods are brown and then...

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  • Almond tree – Production

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  • Fertilizer – Pet danger

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  • Compost bin – Gnats

    Q: We put peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc. in our enclosed compost bin. There are a whole lot of gnats in it that swarm up when I open the top. Are these gnats OK? A: Various gnats and flies...

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  • Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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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

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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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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Tulip – Bulb Replacing

Q: My wife put tulip and daffodil bulbs in planters last fall. This spring they bloomed very nicely. Can we replant the bulbs? A: You can transplant daffodil bulbs after the leaves start turning yellow in mid-May. Tulips don’t usually...

READ MORE

Ruts – Removal

Q: When a company removed trees from my yard, their truck left four-inch deep ruts in the lawn. How can I fix them? A: If any grass survived in the bottom of the ruts, lift it out and set it...

READ MORE

Garden – Topsoil

Q: We recently purchased a new house and want to put a garden in the backyard. I imagine the builder skimmed off the topsoil before planting grass there. Would you remove the clay and replace it with topsoil before planting?...

READ MORE

Fruit trees – Production

Q: Can you provide any recommendations as to what fruit trees produce well in this part of Georgia? A: Even though Georgia is known as “The Peach State”, peaches are not very easy to grow here. Plums are not much...

READ MORE

Lenten rose – Propagation

Q: Do you have any helpful information about propagating Lenten roses? They have large pods which drop lots of seeds. A: If your Lenten roses have bloomed in the same spot more than once you probably have seedlings there now....

READ MORE

Sun Protection – Hat

Q: As an avid gardener and a victim of skin cancer, I am looking for the optimal sun protection hat. What hat does Dr. Allen Armitage wear on your TV show? A: Nationally known University of Georgia horticulturist Allen Armitage...

READ MORE

Propagate – Aloe plant

Q: Can you please tell me how to propagate an aloe plant and a Mother-in-law’s Tongue? A: Make a 1:1 mix of potting soil and perlite. Mix with enough water so that when you squeeze a handful no water comes...

READ MORE

Fescue Infestation – Getting rid of

Q: I accidentally seeded my lawn with fescue. I had a beautiful bermuda lawn and now the fescue is taking over. How can I get rid of it? A: The easiest thing would be to apply imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass)...

READ MORE

Earthworms – Buying

Q: I am putting in a small backyard vegetable garden. I want to add earthworms to let them do their stuff beforehand. Where can I buy earthworms? A: You don’t need to buy earthworms. If you add soil conditioner and...

READ MORE

Japanese Maple – Growth

Q: I have a twelve-year old Japanese maple, which has branches that umbrella into a five foot diameter canopy. There is new growth on only twenty five percent of the branches. What would you recommend now for this beautiful tree?...

READ MORE

Lantana – Identification

Q: I have three lantana that I planted last year and they got to be a real nice size. They appear to be dead now. Are they gone? A: Not all lantana’s are reliably hardy in the Atlanta area. In...

READ MORE

Bay leaf – Roaches

Q: If I plant a bay leaf plant next to my kitchen window, do you think it will it help to repel roaches from the area? A: I’m not aware of any scientific research that shows that bay leaves repel...

READ MORE

Crossvine – Pods

Q: My crossvine is producing its annual pods. I wondered if these can be used to produce new vines and, if so, how? A: Crossvine can be easily propagated from seed. Just wait until the pods are brown and then...

READ MORE

Almond tree – Production

Q: We are considering planting an almond tree next spring. Will an almond produce in Georgia? A: You can try to grow almonds in Georgia, but only if you have a high capacity for heartbreak. Almonds are close kin to...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Pet danger

Q: I applied 16-4-8 granular fertilizer to my lawn. The bag states not to touch it and to keep it out of reach of pets and children. Is it really dangerous to my pet Yorkies? A: The fertilizer is only...

READ MORE

Compost bin – Gnats

Q: We put peelings, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc. in our enclosed compost bin. There are a whole lot of gnats in it that swarm up when I open the top. Are these gnats OK? A: Various gnats and flies...

READ MORE

Indian Meal Moth – Life expectancy

Q: What is the life expectancy of a meal moth? We have put all food in sealed plastic bags but would like to know when the moths we have will bite the dust! We found a trap with pheromones to...

READ MORE

Web worms – Travel

Q: How do web worms get from the ground up to the leaves on trees? I have actually seen a convoy of these worms crawling up one of my tree trunks! A: The caterpillars hatch from eggs laid by a...

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