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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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  • Crabgrass – Removal and Prevention

    Q: I want to use Drive XLR8 herbicide to control crabgrass. The label says I need a crop oil adjuvant. What is that? A: An adjuvant is a chemical added to a pesticide to make it work better. Some gardeners...

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  • Poison Ivy – Pink Warts

    Q: I found some poison ivy leaves that look very odd.. They seem to be covered with pink warts. A: The warts are caused by gall making eryophid mites. These tiny creatures wound the leaf and insert eggs. Leaf tissue...

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  • Cream Peas – Eat Them All

    Q: I recently bought a bag of fresh cream peas at the farmers market. The vendor told me to wash and sort before cooking. I am not sure what I should throw out during the “sort.” A: The peas are...

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  • Beans – Lima Beans and Butterbeans

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  • Peaches – Growing Healthy Fruit

    Q: I have a problem caring for my peaches because I have gotten into beekeeping and can’t use pesticides anymore. I get brown rot and worms in the peaches. A: It is TOUGH to get a crop of peaches without...

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  • Paulownia – Remove It

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  • Glowing Plants – Old and New

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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Territorial Birds – Dealing With Annoyances

Q: I am at my wits end. A bird has been pecking on my kitchen window every morning and during the day! We chase him away but he returns. A:Your cardinal is mistakenly trying to establish a territory as if...

READ MORE

Expanded Slate – Works Very Well

Q: You mentioned early in the year you were experimenting with Permatill in your garden; are the results in on that? A: Expanded slate (PermaTill, Soil Perfector, etc) is used by many gardeners to loosen clay soil permanently. The less...

READ MORE

Parsley Piert – Removal and Control

Q: This spring I had a terrible crop of parsley piert in my bermuda grass. I want to put a pre-emergent on this September but can’t find a good one for this particular weed. Do you have a suggestion? A:...

READ MORE

Figs – Wasps and Pollination

Q: Some time back I listened to a radio caller asking about wasps that pollinate figs. Based on what I heard, I told my sister that the wasps only pollinate the Mission figs that grow in California. My sister disagreed...

READ MORE

Concrete – Won’t Bother Soil

Q: We had a concrete wall repaired. There are now thousands of small concrete pieces in the nearby flower bed. Will the concrete leach into the soil and cause harm? A: There might be a small rise the soil pH...

READ MORE

Flooding – Good Plants Tolerate

Q: We have a cabin on the Cartecay River. It flooded last week. My hydrangeas, ferns, hostas, etc. are flattened from the flood water. Should I cut things back now or wait till later? A: I’d use a hose to...

READ MORE

Crabgrass – Removal and Prevention

Q: I want to use Drive XLR8 herbicide to control crabgrass. The label says I need a crop oil adjuvant. What is that? A: An adjuvant is a chemical added to a pesticide to make it work better. Some gardeners...

READ MORE

Poison Ivy – Pink Warts

Q: I found some poison ivy leaves that look very odd.. They seem to be covered with pink warts. A: The warts are caused by gall making eryophid mites. These tiny creatures wound the leaf and insert eggs. Leaf tissue...

READ MORE

Cream Peas – Eat Them All

Q: I recently bought a bag of fresh cream peas at the farmers market. The vendor told me to wash and sort before cooking. I am not sure what I should throw out during the “sort.” A: The peas are...

READ MORE

Geese – Go Away!

Q: We have a gaggle of geese that have begun spending the day in our front yard. We have no pond or water nearby. I do see them eating the grass. Can we treat the grass so they will not...

READ MORE

Beans – Lima Beans and Butterbeans

Q: A battle rages between my dearest friends. The line is drawn between South Georgia natives and Atlanta-raised folks. Fresh, dried, green, beige, or speckled: what is the difference between a butterbean and a lima bean? A: I conducted an...

READ MORE

Peaches – Growing Healthy Fruit

Q: I have a problem caring for my peaches because I have gotten into beekeeping and can’t use pesticides anymore. I get brown rot and worms in the peaches. A: It is TOUGH to get a crop of peaches without...

READ MORE

Paulownia – Remove It

Q: We have a twenty foot tall paulownia tree in our back yard. I’ve been told that they are a very invasive plant. It is growing twelve inches every week. Should we let it grow or cut it down? A:...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Prep for Winter

Q: I recently purchased some hydrangeas and planted them in thirty gallon containers. Are the containers big enough to allow the hydrangeas to survive the winter? A: Your container is a good size for hydrangeas that can be kept four...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Beautiful and Flavorless

Q: My tomatoes this year are big, beautiful and flavorless. I planted the usual varieties but they don’t have good tomato flavor. Could it be all the rain? A: The rain and overcast skies this summer certainly have something to...

READ MORE

Glowing Plants – Old and New

Q: Is there any plant that has fluorescent and/or phosphorescent properties? A: Hunters have long known of “foxfire”, the glowing tree stumps caused by decay organisms. Likewise, visitors to Hawaii gasp at the glowing blue waves caused by phytoplankton. Certain...

READ MORE

Crepe Myrtle – Early Care

Q: I had giant pine tree cut down and have a pile of chips in the yard. Instead of picking them up I thought I might plant a crepe myrtle in the middle of it. Is this a good idea?...

READ MORE

Cutting Roots – Weakening Your Tree?

Q: We have a watershed area in our yard that I want to dig out and put in a dry steam bed to control the flow of water during storms. The problem is that there are some tree roots where...

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

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

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