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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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  • Cypress Vine

    Q: Can you ID this pretty little flowering plant? A neighbor gave the seeds to me but she could not remember what the plant is called. It is a ferny looking vine with a tiny red flower. A: She gave...

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    Q: I am having a problem with my Shamrocks. They are several years old and were always lush dark green until last year. They continue to bloom but are very pale and have white spots on the leaves and grow...

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  • Scalping – Definition

    Q: I’ve read that you should not scalp zoysiagrass. What is scalping and why not zoysiagrass? A: Scalping is cutting the grass so low that the crown (where the plant emerges from the earth) is damaged by the mower blade....

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  • Fescue Sod- Laying Quickly

    Q: I have a friend who purchased 10 pallets of fescue sod 2 weeks ago. She put in 1 pallet the same day. The other 9 pallets were not installed until this past Sunday. The first pallet put down looks...

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  • Elderberries- Pruning

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  • Hair- To repel pests

    Q: My daughter works in a hair salon. She recently asked me if I wanted her to bring me some hair for my garden. Apparently, there are people who regularly request hair to take home to put in their gardens...

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  • Mullein – Identification

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  • Worm – Same thing as Caterpillar

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  • Rose- Twisted Leaves

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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  • 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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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Newspaper – Using to Kill Weeds

Q: I am thinking of mulching a large weedy area behind my house. Can I use old newspaper instead of black plastic sheeting under the mulch to prevent weed growth? A: I’d spray with Roundup, wait until all of the...

READ MORE

Cypress Vine

Q: Can you ID this pretty little flowering plant? A neighbor gave the seeds to me but she could not remember what the plant is called. It is a ferny looking vine with a tiny red flower. A: She gave...

READ MORE

Spiders – Beneficial for plants

Q: This morning we had heavy dew and I noticed my Foster Hollies and various surrounding shrubs were overrun with tented webs. Each tented web contained one small spider. They appeared to have a yellow striped body with a brown...

READ MORE

Privet – Control

Q: I am clearing three acres that was full of mature blackberries and privet. Some of the privet was in tree form. The privet is continuing to pop up because of the root system. Am I going to have to...

READ MORE

Creeping Raspberry – Eating

Q: I have a profusion of golden raspberries now in my Atlanta yard. The plant is commonly used for landscaping and referred to as creeping raspberry (Rubus calcinoides). Are the fruits edible? A: I ate lots of them last year...

READ MORE

Roots- Large tree – Covering with soil

Q: I have an idea to solve my “tree roots in the lawn” problem. I’ll toss soil and compost onto roots and make a planting bed out of the space. Will the maple roots or dogwood roots suffer any by...

READ MORE

Watering – With Dishwater

Q: My Dad has always put the water from the sink, after washing the dishes, on his plants, believing it to be good fertilizer, or somehow else good for them. Is he correct? A: I don’t have any problem with...

READ MORE

Compost – Starter Products

Q: I have been trying to find a product that I was able to get when I lived in Pennsylvania. It is a sort of accelerator for grass clippings for a mulch pile. A: I don’t think you need such...

READ MORE

Shamrocks- Pale leaves

Q: I am having a problem with my Shamrocks. They are several years old and were always lush dark green until last year. They continue to bloom but are very pale and have white spots on the leaves and grow...

READ MORE

Scalping – Definition

Q: I’ve read that you should not scalp zoysiagrass. What is scalping and why not zoysiagrass? A: Scalping is cutting the grass so low that the crown (where the plant emerges from the earth) is damaged by the mower blade....

READ MORE

Fescue Sod- Laying Quickly

Q: I have a friend who purchased 10 pallets of fescue sod 2 weeks ago. She put in 1 pallet the same day. The other 9 pallets were not installed until this past Sunday. The first pallet put down looks...

READ MORE

Elderberries- Pruning

Q: In early April I planted 16 American elderberry plants that I wanted to grow behind my Leyland Cypress. The Elderberries are doing beautifully in the full sun and are branching out. When and how do I prune them to...

READ MORE

Hair- To repel pests

Q: My daughter works in a hair salon. She recently asked me if I wanted her to bring me some hair for my garden. Apparently, there are people who regularly request hair to take home to put in their gardens...

READ MORE

Mullein – Identification

Q: I was wondering if you could enlighten me as to what kind of plant this is growing in my yard in July. It has been growing for at least a month and is looking to bloom. I don’t know...

READ MORE

Worm – Same thing as Caterpillar

Q: What (if any) is the difference between a worm and a caterpillar? I bought some BT Worm killer (Green Light), but I always hear you refer to BT caterpillar killer on the radio. Is there any difference? A: Worm...

READ MORE

Rose- Twisted Leaves

Q: I have several varieties of roses. This spring all the rose bushes in my center garden, about 15 bushes, never leafed out. They only produced very tiny dwarfed leaves. The rose bushes on the edge of my lawn 15...

READ MORE

Grass Leveling – Referrals

Q: I found an article you wrote in the AJC about lawn leveling for bermudagrass lawns. Your article mentioned there are several companies that level residential lawns, but I’m unable to figure out who does. A few referrals would be...

READ MORE

Fescue- Results of not mowing

Q: My sloping fescue backyard is difficult to mow and looks fine as an un-mowed “meadow.” I’m seeing a few seed heads and wonder if the fescue will complete its life cycle and die out if I don’t keep it...

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