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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn but March -April is also a possibility.  I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important...

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Shrub – Transplanting 1-2-3

Most shrubs and trees should be transplanted when the demand for water is least, in late fall or winter. Since many roots will inevitably be lost, they need many weeks to regenerate themselves before the hot, dry blasts of summer arrive. If you are contemplating moving a plant that would...

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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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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to yellow jacket stings. These insects are actually beneficial because they...

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  • Getting Rid Of Rose Rosette Infested Roses

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  • Should I Rake Ivy Litter Before Putting Pine Straw On Top?

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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  • POPULAR ARTICLES

When To Fertilize My New Zoysia Sod

Q: I am a new homeowner. My zoysia sod has been down since late May. Does it need fertilizer?  A: If the sod seems to be strongly rooted down then it’s time to fertilize. You can buy any thing that...

READ MORE

Noise Reduction Using Trees and Shrubs

Q: There is a rezoning proposal for land behind our neighborhood. It will likely be used for parking tractor trailers. The county recommends a 100’ deep buffer with a berm and the planting of Leyland cypress trees fifteen feet on...

READ MORE

Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

READ MORE

How To Get Rid Of Millipedes?

Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of millipedes? A: The first step is to change the environment in which they thrive. Try to eliminate the moist areas where their eggs overwinter to reduce their initial...

READ MORE

Can I Prune Okra?

Q: In last year’s garden the okra did well but grew way too tall. Can it be pruned to keep it lower and still produce well? A: You sure can! As our common okra varieties age, the top of the...

READ MORE

When Will Lone Filbert Nut Tree Mature?

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more?  A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

READ MORE

Can I Kill Grubs To Make Moles Leave?

Q: Does it make any sense to control grubs with insecticide in an effort to make moles leave my lawn?  A: In a word: no. Killing grubs only makes moles search more frantically for other things to eat, such as...

READ MORE

Getting Rid Of Rose Rosette Infested Roses

Q: Our favorite rose got the rose rosette crud. Does it need to be burned after removal?  A: You don’t need to burn it. The best thing to do is to clip the rose bush into small enough pieces that...

READ MORE

Preventing Fescue From Growing In Bermuda Lawn

Q: How do I prevent fescue grass from growing in my bermuda grass sod yard?  A: The easiest way is to consistently mow the bermuda grass low. Fescue really hates being mowed lower than a couple of inches but bermuda...

READ MORE

Toxins From Sunflowers?

Q: I was told that sunflowers produce toxins in the soil they grow in. Will these gentle giants destroy my surrounding plants? Do the toxins build up over time?  A: When one plant reduces other plant’s growth, it’s called allelopathy....

READ MORE

Should I Rake Ivy Litter Before Putting Pine Straw On Top?

Q: I am clearing ivy from my yard. Should I rake out the ivy litter before I put pine straw on top of it?  A: The leaf litter will be decomposed by soil-dwelling creatures and will thereby feed the shrubs...

READ MORE

What Will Kill Crabgrass In Centipede? 

Q: What will kill crabgrass in centipede?  A: It is tough to find products that can distinguish between your centipede grass and your crabgrass. Sulfentrazone plus quinclorac (Image Kills Crabgrass) is labeled for use in your situation. For best results,...

READ MORE

Replace Ivy On A Steep Shady Bank

Q: I want to remove ivy from a steep shady bank but don’t know a plant that will hold the soil. Also the ivy is a haven for copperheads.  A: I think you are asking the impossible when looking for...

READ MORE

Does Georgia Have The Emerald Ash Borer? 

Q: Does Georgia have the emerald ash borer? A: Yes, we do. This destructive insect has only been found in 26 of our 159 counties but it has the capability to kill every ash tree in the state. Georgia does...

READ MORE

My Gardenia Has Slowed Down Its Blooms

Q: My gardenia bush overflowed with blooms but now has slowed way down. Is it time for it to stop blooming ?  A: Yes, different varieties of gardenia bloom at different times during summer. None bloom all summer long. Despite...

READ MORE

Will Ginseng Grow In Georgia?

Q: Will ginseng will grow in Georgia very well?  A: Ginseng grows very well in north Georgia. That’s where shady, moist, rich, well-drained sites under hardwood trees can be found. Wild-simulated ginseng production is the most profitable and ecologically sustainable...

READ MORE

Stopping Growth On Wisteria Stump

Q: I recently cut down a thirty-year-old wisteria vine in my back yard. Now the whole stump is covered in new growth. Is there anything I can use to stop the growth, kill the root system, etc.?  A: Remove the...

READ MORE

Keeping Hydrangeas Pink When They Bloom

Q: We have pink hydrangeas that haven’t bloomed yet. When they do bloom we want them to stay pink. I have been advised to keep the soil alkaline. A: If you want to do it right, start by having a...

READ MORE

Diagnosing (Identifying) 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

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

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

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

Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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

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

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