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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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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Pea and Bean – Difference

Q: What is the difference between a pea and a bean? A: I posed your question to Dr. Wayne McLaurin, my Extension service vegetable guru. After a few seconds of thought, he replied, “There IS no difference – they both...

READ MORE

Tree Spikes – Good or Bad

Q: I work for a tree maintenance company. Recently, we worked in a landscape a few weeks after the homeowner had had a television receiver installed up in one of his pine trees. The installer had evidently used spikes to...

READ MORE

Watermelons – Ripe When?

Q: This is the first year I have grown watermelons. They are taking over my garden! When is the right time to harvest them? The largest melon is the size of a basketball. A: I have a gourd vine right...

READ MORE

Pruning Trees in Fall

Q: We have several limbs on big oak and pine trees that need to be cut off. My husband says it should’t be done until the sap is out of the limbs in December. I think it needs to be...

READ MORE

Collards – Aphids

Q: I have a beautiful crop of collards, but cannot control the lice on them, what can I do. I have tried spraying with permethrin (Pounce) but it doesn’t seem to help. A: Turnip aphids and green peach aphids (collard...

READ MORE

Philodendron – Flowering

Q: We have a split leaf philodendron with what appears to be a blossom. We cut it back about 8 years ago. The leaves were split when we acquired the original plant it but over time, the split disappeared. The...

READ MORE

Clerodendron – Identification

Q: Can you identify this plant? I have admired it for several years and no one seems to know what it is. A: You have a clerodendron, Clerodendron bungei to be exact. There are actually two species of clerodendron I’m...

READ MORE

Cudweed, Prickly Lettuce – Control

Q: This weed grows in our centipedegrass lawn. My husband and I are at odds over what it is. Please identify and tell us how to get rid of it, as it is taking over the lawn. A: Hmmm…you might...

READ MORE

Huckleberry – Growing

Q: Do know where I can obtain some huckleberry bushes? We had them in our backyard growing up. I tried to transplant some last fall but they didn’t survive. A: Theresa Schrum, at Eco Terra Landscape, says when it comes...

READ MORE

Pantry Pests – Drugstore Beetles

Q: I have tiny brown beetles everywhere in my pantry! They crawl on the shelves and get in my rice. What should I do to evict them? A: The insects you have are called drugstore beetles. They are a common...

READ MORE

Cutworms – Control

Q: Six weeks ago I had twenty pallets of Bermuda sod installed on my new home’s lawn. It was green when they put it down but within two weeks it was all brown. I watered it every day. Yesterday I...

READ MORE

Mulch – Use Shredded Paper

Q: My office produces a lot of shredded paper. I have been thinking about collecting it and composting it. Will this work? A: You can compost anything that is organic in nature: shredded paper, shrimp shells, peanut hulls, etc. All...

READ MORE

Muscadines – Fruit Skin Color Changes

Q: My husband and I planted two muscadine grape vines many years ago. One was supposed to be bronze and the other black. Both came up bronze, which was a great disappointment, but we just blamed the nursery. This year,...

READ MORE

Elephant Ear – Leaves Edible

Q: I have question about a plant I picked from a nursery recently. The name of the plant is BLACK MAGIC ELEPHANT’S EAR (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ ). It is a tropical plant. On the information attached to the plant...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Green Blooms

Q: I enjoyed your article about pruning hydrangeas but I have a different situation. My hydrangeas look great but their flowers are green – almost as green as the leaves. Can you suggest how to make them turn back to...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Control Rust in Fall

Q: If rust is observed on zoysiagrass in fall is it worthwhile to treat with a fungicide or is it better to wait until spring and then apply the fungicide? Does rust have activity during winter cold season? What fungicide...

READ MORE

Small Hydrangeas – Prune or Leave Alone

Q: I recently planted some small hydrangeas. Should I prune them or should I let them get some root growth first? A: I think I’d opt for leaving them unpruned for the time being. Like all plants, hydrangea roots respond...

READ MORE

Borer Sprays – Effectiveness

Q: Last week you said that no borer sprays are effective on borers in pines and oaks. How can garden centers sell insecticides labeled “Borer Spray” if they don’t work? A: I have a hammer in my garage that I...

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