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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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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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    READ MORE

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Squirrel – Feeding at Hummingbird Feeder

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....

READ MORE

Aphids – On Tomato

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...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

‘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

Deer Control

Q: I heard you mention on your radio show a motion-operated sprinkler. I could use one for deer control. Could you tell me where I can buy one? A: I don’t have a deer problem but I know gardeners who...

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Cocoa Mulch – Where to Buy

Q: Do you know where I can buy cocoa mulch in Atlanta? A: I don’t know of a place locally, we’re too far away from sources in the Northeast. Shipping the shells down here is too expensive compared to locally...

READ MORE

Raspberries – ‘Heritage’ and ‘Boyne’

Q: I am interested in raising raspberry’s. What do you think of the ‘Heritage’ and ‘Boyne’ varieties? A: ‘Heritage’ and ‘Boyne’ are erect, rather than trailing, raspberries. They do best where it stays cool in summer. Upper north Georgia is...

READ MORE

Laying Hens – Attracting Them to One Spot

Q: I have four laying hens but I am an amateur at country life. The birds are free-ranging during the day. Someone told me to leave an egg marked with an “X” in the nest that the chickens most use...

READ MORE

MacroScope – Where to Buy

Q: My mother-in-law mentioned something on her Christmas wish list that I cannot locate. She describes it as “a special garden monocular/microscope that allows you to look at plant leaves for signs of bugs, disease, etc.”. Please advise. A: She...

READ MORE

Colocasia vs. Alocasia vs. Xanthosoma

All are called elephant ear by gardeners. Some are edible and some are not. Following is a collection of identification tips taken from various websites. I found the most useful to be http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/shade_gardening/95670 and http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1342/ Alocasia: leaves are held horizontally,...

READ MORE

Castor Bean – Ricin

With all the news about ricin poison being used by terrorists, I thought I’d show a few pictures of the castor bean plant, Ricinus communis, itself. Many folks in the South grow it. Castor bean leaves make a dramatic tropical...

READ MORE

Information – Building a Garden

Q: A coworker and I have received a grant to build a wheelchair-accessible garden at our school. We are unsure what to plant for our limited growing season but we’d like to have vegetables and some flowers. Is there a...

READ MORE

Marbled Orb Weaving Spider – Identification

Q: My daughter and I found this guy in our yard. We’ve never seen a spider quite like him. He was pretty evil looking! A: Evil is in the eye of the beholder! To her boyfriends, this marbled orb weaver...

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

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

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