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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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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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  • Sycamore – Planting From New Seeds

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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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...

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

Freesia Laxa – Planting In Georgia

Q: I brought home some Freesia laxa seed pods from Gainesville, Florida. Can I sow these here? A: I don’t think this plant would be winter-hardy outdoors. Best idea is to plant the seed in a container in April and...

READ MORE

Birdhouses – Deterring Snakes

Q: We have several bird houses located on 4″ x 4″ posts in our yard. Unfortunately a snake was able to climb to one house and ate the baby bluebirds. Do you have any prevention suggestions? A: A slick metal...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Pruning

Q:I know mophead hydrangeas are not pruned in the fall but how do I know what I have? A: There are several species of hydrangea and each has its own pruning schedule. In general, mophead hydrangeas are best pruned in...

READ MORE

Sycamore – Planting From New Seeds

Q: I have a large sycamore tree behind my office that is dropping its seed balls. Can I gather them and scatter the seeds in the woods behind my house to have more trees? A: Sycamore is sometimes called buttonwood...

READ MORE

Trees – Straightening A Bent Trunk

Q: I have two fifteen-foot tall trees that were previously crowded by bamboo. They grew at an angle in search of sunlight. Is it possible to straighten the trees with a guy wire attached to a nearby huge poplar? A:...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Variations In Product

Q: Last spring I had my yard completely resodded with Emerald zoysia. This fall I had to remove shrubs around a fire hydrant. I had the same landscaper finish the area with Emerald zoysia so it would match the rest...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Post Pruning Stickers

Q: The crepe myrtles at church were pruned way back from a bush to a tree. Now they have suckers all over the base. Is there anything I can put on the stump around the remaining trunks to prevent sprouts?...

READ MORE

Shrubs – When To Prune

Q: I have yet to prune the shrubbery in my yard. Is it better to wait until we get warmer winter weather? A: It won’t matter to the plants either way. They are about to go into deep dormancy and...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Cut To The Ground

Q: What the chances are of a very big crepe myrtle coming back from being cut completely down by a tree company? The instructions were to prune it back but now it’s completely gone except the flat surface of the...

READ MORE

Lilies – Will It Come Back?

Q: I was given three pineapple lilies and accidentally cut back the leaves after planting. Will the plants grow back? A: Yes, they should be fine. The leaves will re-appear next spring in late April. My favorite pineapple lily is...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Topdressing

Q: In an online article about mowing zoysia, you say that de-thatching could be accomplished by topdressing with a quarter-inch layer of clean topsoil. When is the best time to apply the topsoil? A: The best time to topdress is...

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 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

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