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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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  • Oak – Leaf Scorch

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  • Pennywort – Keeping It In Check

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  • Mahonia – Pruning VS Pretty

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  • Ajuga – Helping It Spread

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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

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Verbena – Slug Damage

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it! Diana W. asked me “Have you ever had a blooming verbena plant on which all the flowers disappear overnight?” “Sure.” I acknowledged. I’d noticed my new red...

READ MORE

Oak – Leaf Scorch

Q: This is a picture of a leaf from an oak tree that is shedding leaves now. This tree is among the last to shed in the fall. Any ideas? A: It’s bacterial leaf scorch. Sadly, there is nothing you...

READ MORE

Hickory Horned Devil – Immature Form

Q: My son moved to Raleigh, NC and sent me a picture of this caterpillar. It’s about 6 inches long. A: It’s a very handsome hickory horned devil, discovered just before it grows its typical orange horns. You might see...

READ MORE

Knock Out® Roses – Pruning In Fall

Q: Is it OK to prune Knock Out®  roses in the fall? A: This is a fine time to tidy yours up. Remove empty sprays of flower buds, clip out long branches and remove any dead wood. Your plant won’t produce...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Saving Old Plants

Q: We’ve just moved into a new home with nice landscaping. We’d would like to redo the landscape but I don’t want to clear cut everything. Are there any companies that would come and harvest existing plants for their own...

READ MORE

Caterpillars – Removal From Sweetgum

Q: We have noticed lots of caterpillars nesting in the sweetgum trees. Is it worth trying to control this infestation with insecticides or will they disappear by themselves? A: I think you’re seeing fall webworms. They build their protective webs...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Drastic Cutting

Q: At my new home the bermuda grass was mowed three inches high. The first time I cut it, I set my mower at 2.5 inches. The grass seemed to lose a lot of green. Your website says a good...

READ MORE

Lilac – Planting In Georgia

Q: I’m trying to find a heat-hardy lilac for my New York state friend who lives in Forsyth County. A: The key element that lilacs lack in the South is chilling hours during the winter. Most lilacs require over two...

READ MORE

Caterpillar – Products For Removal

Q: While weeding my wife discovered the hard way that we have a tussock moth caterpillar problem. What can I do to treat the issue before either of my kids comes up close and personal with these fuzzy little pests?...

READ MORE

Fescue – Spray Before Mowing?

Q: Is it best to spray weed control on a fescue lawn before or after the lawn is cut? A: Great question! You’ll get best results spraying weed killer a couple of days after the lawn has been mowed, when...

READ MORE

Black Mulch – Sun Is Not A Problem

Q: I want to mulch the beds in my yard and we really like black mulch because it makes the plants and flowers stand out. A neighbor said that black mulch is a bad idea because it absorbs heat from...

READ MORE

Pennywort – Keeping It In Check

Q: I have pennywort in my St Augustine lawn. How can I control it? A: Like its weedy cousin, creeping Charlie, pennywort is tough to eradicate. Any of the three-way broadleaf weedkillers will give moderate control but products that contain...

READ MORE

Mahonia – Pruning VS Pretty

Q: Is it too late to do a hard pruning on mahonias? A: I have mixed feelings about mahonia. The fragrant yellow flowers look great in late winter and wildlife eagerly consume the blue berries that follow. However, I don’t...

READ MORE

Cannas – Transplanting Tips

Q: I planted ten different cannas which are all blooming, anywhere from three feet to six feet tall. I want to transplant the smaller ones. Do I have to wait for the blooms to finish? A: The cannas will be...

READ MORE

Lemons – Using A Grow Light

Q: I want to purchase a grow light to help my Meyer lemon during the winter. A: I use a 26 watt (100 watt equivalent) CFL bulb in a shiny aluminum clamp light fixture. I keep it eight inches above...

READ MORE

Ajuga – Helping It Spread

Q: My backyard is in deep shade so I cannot grow grass. However, ajuga seems to love it: nice flowers, low growth habit, no maintenance. How do I encourage ajuga to spread? A: Depending on the variety you have, ajuga...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Pruning For Next Year

Q: The rain kept me out of the garden! Is it too late to prune azaleas? A: If you prune now, you’ll remove most of the flower buds for next year. Look at the tip of an azalea branch. That...

READ MORE

Greenhouse – Tips and Equipment

Q: I built a greenhouse and would like some guidance for raising vegetables and flowers. A: It’s great fun to have a greenhouse. Nothing compares to being in a warm spot among bright flowers in winter! Finding the right site...

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