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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

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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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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“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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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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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St. Augustine Grass plugs

Q: I am tired of fighting hot, dry summers to get my fescue to survive. Next summer I plan to mix St. Augustinegrass plugs into my fescue in hopes that as the fescue deteriorates in summer, the St Augustine will...

READ MORE

Clematis Vines – Pruning

Q: I have two clematis vines that were beautiful this past summer. They are now hibernating for the winter. What should I do now to insure that they are just as vibrant next year? Should I cut the dying vines...

READ MORE

Rose Trees – Winter Care

Q: I have two lovely rose trees in pots that did very well this summer. They are five feet tall and two feet wide. As cold weather arrives, should I cut them back? Should I bring them inside for the...

READ MORE

Wax Myrtle – Pruning in November

Q: Is it OK to prune my wax myrtle in the month of November? I have not found a good guide for when to prune certain plants. Any suggestions? A: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Home & Garden section put together a...

READ MORE

Green Persimmons – Bad Taste

Q: Why do green persimmons taste so bad? A: Because they have a lot of tannin in their juice. One web site says “tannin coagulates the viscous protein on the surface of our tongues, leading to the astringent taste.” Anyone...

READ MORE

Coleus – Making it Come Back

Q: I have a coleus in a container that did really well this year. How can I get it to come back next spring? A: You can either keep it in a sunny window for the winter or take several...

READ MORE

Vegetable Garden – Natural Insect Killer

Q: Can you suggest something natural we could use in our vegetable garden when insects begin to eat holes in the leaves. We do not want to use insecticides. A: In my opinion, spinosad (Green Light Spinosad) is an excellent...

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Centipede Grass – Growth in Cobb County

Q: Will centipedegrass perform well in north Cobb county? A: One of the great success stories of the lawn seed industry is the work of Dr. Wayne Hanna at the USDA Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton. In 1977, realizing...

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‘Fat Albert’ Colorado Spruce – Branches Dying

Q: I am stumped. Two months ago we bought a ‘Fat Albert’ Colorado spruce. We’ve left it in the container since then while we decided where to put it. Branches on the lower half are turning brown and dying. Michael...

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Q: I guess the squirrels needed to have a drink to wash down the seeds from my bird feeders. Now, they are tipping the hummingbird feeders and drinking them. They pop the “yellow” flowers out of one feeder and tilt....

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Q: My tomatoes are covered with aphids. What in the world can I do to control them? A: Aphids damage tomatoes in two ways: they suck sap from the stem and leaves and they excrete honeydew, which covers nearby plant...

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Praying Mantis – Moving an Egg Sack

Q: This morning I noticed a praying mantis egg sack on the handle to my wheelbarrow. I have a problem: I use the wheelbarrow to haul hay to my horses twice a day. Can I move the sack? A: Just...

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‘Meyer’ Lemon Tree – Winter Survival

Q: I have a ‘Meyer’ lemon tree. My husband thinks it can survive winter outdoors in Riverdale. I don’t think so. What do you think? A: Upon such disagreements are strong relationships built! I think you should bet a weekend...

READ MORE

Chrysanthemums – Winter Care

Q: My father passed away recently and we have two lovely pots of chrysanthemums. Should I keep them indoors for the winter? A: In my experience they will do fine if planted outdoors now. The plants will do much better...

READ MORE

Rosemary – Planting Seeds Produced

Q: A group of Teacher Master Gardeners planted rosemary at a nearby elementary school. Some of them have small blue flowers. Will these flowers produce seed we can plant? A: Rosemary flowers certainly produce seed but I doubt you’ll have...

READ MORE

Annabelle Hydrangea – Mixed Up With Lacecap

Q: I’ve had Annabelle Hydrangeas for three years around our home. My wife took a picture of the prettiest but kookiest blooms amongst the usual beautiful white globes that we’ve enjoyed since they were planted. It looks like it tried...

READ MORE

Hummingbirds – Eating Insects

Q: While watching hummingbirds with a friend, I saw a female bird eating what I call gnats. My friend said that hummingbirds eat nothing but nectar. Who’s right? A: Hummingbirds do eat insects. Nectar (or sugar water) supplies them with...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Best Mower

Q: I will soon have a new bermudagrass lawn and I want to get the best mower. After reading about how rotary mowers rip the grass and seeing the “swirls” they leave sometimes, I’m not sure that’s what I want....

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...

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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...

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...

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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

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

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 – 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