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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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Q: Two years ago there was construction going on nearby, and red clay was dumped into the lake I live on. Now, my neighbors, who use the lake water for irrigation have stains on their patios and houses and dead...

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

Chicken Litter – Use as Pasture Fertilizer

Q: I have about 30 acres in fescue pasture. On the first of December, I will have a good bit of chicken litter available. Would it help or hurt to put it down at this time of year? A: You...

READ MORE

Silver Maple – Identifying

Q: I have a maple in my front yard, but am not sure what kind. I remember that you mentioned how weak the Silver Maple is, and I want to be prepared if that’s what I have. How do I...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Improve Fall Leaf Color

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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Q: I am about to move. I would like to take at least a cutting from a hydrangea I got 30 years ago. However, my new sun-porch has a spot for the whole plant. What do I need to do...

READ MORE

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Q: After making several rain barrels we bought mosquito donuts to put in each one. Now we are unable to easily find them; the hardware stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. Since birds and animals would...

READ MORE

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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

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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

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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

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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