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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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“English Ivy Kills Trees” Sign – Who Places Them?

OK – my curiosity is killing me! Who puts up these signs at random spots around Atlanta? I’ve asked a number of arborists: No knowledge. I’ve posted it on Facebook; 21,000 people saw the post: lots of comments, but no answer. If you know, please email...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 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. In...

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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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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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Palm Trees – Fertilizing

Q: Can you tell me where to find fertilizer for a Windmill Palm I’ve had for 10 years, or what to use as a substitute? I have had to remove fronds 5 feet up already and most of the tips...

READ MORE

Imidacloprid – Risks to Beneficial Insects

Q: I began treating my shrubs and woody plants with a systemic insecticide last year. Its active ingredient is imidacloprid. Despite its effectiveness, I’m wondering if a systemic insecticide in a plant’s system can be harmful to desirable insects that...

READ MORE

Germander – Trimming

Q: We installed germander as a potential hedge plant, per instructions from our landscape planner. However, as the germander grows (10″-12″ long), the sprouts have begun to lie down due to their weight. How in the world do we make...

READ MORE

Red Fescue – Suitable for Atlanta?

Q: Would the no – mow lawn mixes described at Prairie Nursery be suitable for the southeast, or the Atlanta area? (The description is, “This specially designed blend of six low-growing Fine Fescue turf grasses …”). A: In my experience,...

READ MORE

Snapping Turtle – Control

Q: Is there a company you would recommend to help me control the population of snapping turtles near my house? A: I certainly can recommend Urban Wildlife...

READ MORE

Angel Trumpet – Poison Worries

Q: I have been told that angel trumpet plants are poisonous. Since we have a lot of small children living near us I don’t want to grow a possibly hazardous plant. A: If you’re worried about poisonous landscape plants, you’ll...

READ MORE

Doublefile Viburnum

Q: I love this tree! I know of three in LaFayette, and I have seen one near the carousel at the Grant Park Zoo. The flowers bloom about the same time as dogwoods, and they are strung out all along...

READ MORE

Earthstar fungus

Q: Can you please tell me what kind of fungus this is? It is about as wide as the palm of a hand and is shaped like a flower flush to the ground. A: My trusted expert, Mary Woehrel from...

READ MORE

Spittlebug – Control in Centipedegrass

Q: I have a problem every summer with an infestation of twolined spittlebug in my centipedegrass. How should I control them? A: Adult spittlebugs are black with two orange stripes across their wings. The nymphs are yellow-green with a brown...

READ MORE

Pine – Fusiform Rust

Q: My wife noticed this on one of our pine trees. Do you have any idea what it is and how to treat it? A: The knots and orange powder are signs of fusiform rust disease. The orange spores will...

READ MORE

Manure in a Garden – Not Harmful

Q: We are new to gardening. My husband wants to put horse manure in our vegetable garden prior to planting. I don’t agree with this as I don’t want bacteria that close to my food. Can you please tell him...

READ MORE

Protecting Garden Timbers from Termites

Q: We put in some raised beds last year using untreated wood (didn’t want to ingest any nasty chemicals). Now we’ve discovered an infestation of termites in one of the beds. How can we get rid of them in a...

READ MORE

Companion Plants – For Garden

Q: I read in a book that tansy is good for deterring Japanese beetles. I have roses and other flowers that the beetles have a good lunch on for a few months. I don’t like to use sprays due to...

READ MORE

Apple, Pear – Grafting

Q: I would like to experiment with grafting pear and apple trees. What kind of rootstocks are best and where can I get them? A: When choosing rootstock, it all depends on how big you want the mature tree to...

READ MORE

Gardenia – As a Memorial Plant

Q: I want to give my friend a gardenia bush, rather than flowers, for the loss of her child. I think it will be nice to give her the bush so she can plant it herself, as she is a...

READ MORE

Strawberries – Keep Inside for Winter?

Q: I have strawberries planted in a strawberry clay pot. For the winter, I put them in my basement. When should I bring them out? A: Most people just bring them close to the house where they won’t get much...

READ MORE

Horticultural Oil – Application in Winter

Q: I want to spray horticultural oil on Magnolia scale. However, I understand that due to recently mild temperatures serious harm to the plant can occur. Once the weather becomes wintry again, how many days or weeks until I should...

READ MORE

Fescue – Not For Floods

Q: An area of my lawn floods to about a quarter of an inch depth occasionally, but to add top soil and level it would be a huge task.Is there a water resistant evergreen lawn seed that you can recommend?...

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 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

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

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

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

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