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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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Tree Shelter – Correcting Damage

Q: I planted a two acre wildlife orchard four years ago on my property, using sawtooth oaks, crabapples, persimmons, pears, and chestnuts. The catalog where I bought the trees included a tube, to protect the trunk, with each one. They...

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Dropping Limbs

Q: Help! My sweetgum tree is trying to kill me! I have a large tree in the backyard that keeps dropping big limbs. It appears to be caused by the weight of the seed balls. What can I or should...

READ MORE

Lawn Chemicals – Fate of

Q: What happens to the chemicals I spray on my lawn. Do they stay there for years or months or what? A: Lawn chemicals, like anything else, begin to be broken down as soon as they are exposed to the...

READ MORE

Using Miracid Fertilizer

Q: The leaves on my azalea are turning yellow. I am using a powdered, water soluble fertilizer product that says it acidifies the soil and adds iron to the soil. How much should I use to increase the soil=s acidity?...

READ MORE

Burning Bush Euonymus

Q: Can you identify these trees that are found on the campus of Berry College? A: Burning bush euonymus (Euonymus alatus) is pretty much a one-trick pony plant. For much of the year it is a nondescript green “background plant”....

READ MORE

Che Tree

Q: I found a small tree with weird looking fruit behind my neighborhood library. It is growing in a tangle with other small trees and has thorns on the branches. Any ideas? A: You found a che tree, Cudrania tricuspidata,...

READ MORE

Cleome – Resembles Marijuana

Q: I called your radio show hoping you could identify a plant that resembles marijuana…but there are small thorns on some of the stems. A: You can tell the police that your plant is cleome, Cleome hassleriana. The skinny leaves...

READ MORE

English Ivy Control – Large Area

Q: My group, “Friends of Murphey Candler Park”, has spent about 500 volunteer hours cleaning it up. Large parts of woods and many trees are covered with ivy. We have begun pulling it off trees but the job is monumental....

READ MORE

Labyrinth – Building

Q: I will be moving soon to a home which has a large flat back yard. I want to plan a labyrinth path for my yard so I can exercise without getting too far from my house because I have...

READ MORE

Vitex – Identification and Care

Q: Can you identify the plant that has lavender blue flowers and is blooming right now beside the downtown connector just above Brookwood Station? My carpool friends and I were stuck in traffic there last week and wondered what it...

READ MORE

Bottlebrush Buckeye – Scorched Leaves

Q: The leaves of our Bottlebrush Buckeye are dying from the outer end back toward the stem. The line that separates the live part of the leaves from the dead part is straight and well defined, and it progresses over...

READ MORE

Daylily, Dutch Iris – Dividing

Q: I have a lot of Daylilies and Dutch Iris that have been taken over by the weeds, blackberry plants, and little trees. I want to dig and divide the best I can and share with family and friends. When...

READ MORE

Fertiliser – Root Burn

Q: A couple of weeks ago, I put too much fertilizer on an English boxwood. Now the branches have begun to turn brown. Is there any way to save it? A: Boxwoods, like azaleas, have a shallow root system –...

READ MORE

Trough Plant Container

Q: Can you tell me the recipe for making trough containers out of portland cement and peat moss? Mrs. Charles Carter, Vidalia A: It is a simple recipe: one part portland cement, one part sand and two parts peat moss....

READ MORE

Alphabet Gardening

Q: I am planting an alphabet garden with my son. We are choosing plants with common or scientific names that begin with each letter of the alphabet. However, we are stuck with the letters ‘U’ and ‘X’. Do you have...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Causes

Q: My fescue lawn looked great until a few weeks ago. Now there are big yellow spots that seem to get bigger each day. Is this “Brown Patch”? A: Many homeowners blame any turf dead spots on a disease called...

READ MORE

Champion Tree – Nominating

Q: When I was a boy, a picture was made of four of my family standing inside a crevice of a poplar tree on our property. It was big then but 57 years later, it is bigger still. What is...

READ MORE

Tomato Pollination

Q: Last week you talked about how hot, sticky days inhibit tomato pollination. Looking at the weather report, all I see are hot, sticky days ahead! My plants are big and I have blooms – but how can I get...

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