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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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  • Slug – How to Get Rid of Them

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Liming the Lawn – Prupose and When to do it

Q: What is the purpose of liming my lawn and when do I do it? A: The purpose of liming is to help your grass absorb fertilizer efficiently. Most GA soils are acid. In an acidic environment, plant roots don’t...

READ MORE

Bermuda Lawn – Good Lawn Mower

Q: I need to replace my reel mower but there are few available. Can a rotary mower be used on a Bermuda lawn? A: It all depends on how low you want to cut the grass. The recommended height for...

READ MORE

Bagworms – Finding Pheromone Lures

Q: Can you tell me where to find pheromone lures for bagworms? Our Leyland cypresses are covered A: As with Japanese beetle traps, bagworm lures are more useful for monitoring a pest population than for controlling it. There will always...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Leaves Solid Green

Q: I have a variegated hydrangea but over the last two years, the leaves have begun to turn solid green, overtaking the nice green & white striped ones. Is there any way to fix it? A: It’s common for variegated...

READ MORE

Alstromeria – Blooming

Q: I have some alstroemeria that are now blooming. Do they need to be deadheaded or just let the seed pods develop? A: You can let the seed pods develop if you like but the plant spreads most vigorously from...

READ MORE

Herbs – Cutting Back

Q: I’ve heard I should cut my herbs back, before they set seeds, but there are so many bees in the flowers. I hate to take away the attraction. Is there a happy medium? A: Herbs such as mint, oregano,...

READ MORE

Blueberry Bushes – Best Time for Transplanting

Q: I need to move blueberry bushes from Cobb county to my home in the next year. What’s the best way to make the move without undue stress? A: Since you have ample time, you can do something called “root...

READ MORE

Okra and Peas – Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Dust

Q: Please explain why okra and peas are not listed as plants you can use Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Dust on. This product has such wide-spread use that it does not seem reasonable that you can’t use it on those...

READ MORE

Bell Peppers – Changing Colors

Q: A friend planted three different varieties of bell pepper this year but so far they are all green. I told him they’d eventually turn but his peppers are just getting bigger with no change in color. A: You are...

READ MORE

Buzzards – How to Get Rid of Them

Q: A friend is having problems with buzzards. Forty of them gather on her roof each day. They actually got into her garage and pulled the seal off the convertible top on her car. Any suggestions? A: Despite their unattractive...

READ MORE

Slug – How to Get Rid of Them

Q: Our first flower bed in Georgia last year was beautiful Wave petunias. Tried the same thing this year but lost many plants to slugs. The nursery said to spread diatomaceous earth around the plants. We did, and soaked it...

READ MORE

Agapanthus

Q: We saw a distinct blue flower blooming all over Savannah. The stalk is about two feet tall and the blooms are a six-inch diameter ball. What is it? A: You saw agapanthus, a great summer bulb for the lower...

READ MORE

Growing English Walnuts

Q: Is it possible to grow English walnuts here? A: I think winter cold will be your enemy. English walnut can tolerate temperatures much below freezing but it will come out of winter dormancy following just a few warm days...

READ MORE

Mowing the Lawn After Fertilization

Q: How many days should one wait to mow the lawn after fertilizing? A: Long enough to go inside to get a glass of water and then return to start the mower. No delay is...

READ MORE

Teddy Bear Magnolia – How to Grow

Q: I recently purchased a Teddy Bear magnolia in a three gallon container. It’s gotten so hot, I wonder if I should keep it in the container or plant it. A: : I think there will be more stress on...

READ MORE

Weed Killer – Temperature Affecting Ability to Apply

Q: Enlighten me regarding the preferred temperature to apply weed killer to lawn grass. The label says it should not be applied if the temperature is 90 degrees or greater. Can it be applied in the morning, before the temperature...

READ MORE

White Asparagus – How to Grow

Q: I just visited Germany and I fell in love with white asparagus. What is needed to grow my own here in Georgia? A: White asparagus is simply an asparagus spear that has been shielded from light after it emerged...

READ MORE

Privet – How to Get Rid of It

Q: I have privet competing with a 100-year-old scuppernong vine. Any thoughts on how to get rid of it (the privet, not the scuppernong)? A: The privet is stealing the sunshine your grapes need to become sweet! Persuade an intrepid...

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