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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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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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Azalea Lacebug – Control

You may have seen the damage lace bugs do to azaleas without knowing who did the dirty deed. Lace bugs suck the juice out of individual leaf cells. Since they hide underneath azalea leaves, you’ll never notice the bugs but it’s easy to see their damage. Since the bugs slurp...

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Rose – Black Spot Control

  I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best way to avoid black spot is to plant disease-resistant roses. Earth-kind(tm) roses, promoted by...

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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 their landscapes. Wade is certainly familiar with several of the...

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  • Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

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Hydrangeas not blooming

Q: I have six different big leaf hydrangeas all in a row. Only one is blooming. Any idea what’s going on? 2 of them are the Endless Summer variety. Should they all be pruned prior to August? A: When healthy...

READ MORE

Where to get help identifying a rose

Q: I need help identifying a rose that my grandmother had. The climbing rose blooms once a year in April. The color of the petals ranges from pink to purple. A: The Greater Atlanta Rose Society (atlantarose.org) has several volunteer...

READ MORE

What To Do With Unused Diatomaceous Earth?

Q: I have some unused diatomaceous earth that I had for my pool but no longer need. Does it have any useful purpose for either the garden, lawn or flower bed? A: Diatomaceous earth used for a pool filter is...

READ MORE

Difference Between Annual Bluegrass And Rough Bluegrass?

Q: What is the difference between annual bluegrass and rough bluegrass? A: Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is a very common grassy weed in local lawns. It is a lighter green than fescue and really stands out against the brown of...

READ MORE

Bouquet With Clump Of Moss On Long Stem

Q: In floral arrangements I often see a cut flower that looks like a clump of moss on a long stem. Do you have any idea what it could be?  A: Cool looking isn’t it!? I have no doubt you...

READ MORE

Donating Mahonia Bushes

Q: I have thousands of naturally growing mahonia bushes in front of my house in the woods. If you’d like I will donate them to you to dig all you want. A: Thank you, but I have plenty for now....

READ MORE

Pea And Bean Plants

Q: I want a couple of pea and bean plants in my yard for a quick hobby garden. Can I sow a few seeds from dried grocery store beans? A: Possibly. Some beans and peas have been treated with heat...

READ MORE

Fungus Patch Killed My Centipede Lawn

Q: Large patch fungus killed my centipede lawn. I’m going to replant in May, but is it possible that the fungus is still in my soil? How can I kill it?  A: If large patch fungus was originally present, it...

READ MORE

Tall Broccoli With Small Heads

Q: My broccoli grew tall but produced only small broccoli heads. It’s almost like it bolted although the weather has been nice and cool. A: Storage temperatures before you purchase the plants can cause this. Just a few days of...

READ MORE

Seedlings Around Lenten Roses

Q: I have dozens of small seedlings around my Lenten roses. What do I do now? A: Transplant the seedlings into a semi-shaded “nurse” bed, just a few inches apart. Fertilize in late May with a controlled release fertilizer (Osmocote,...

READ MORE

If Pine Tree Is Cut Down Do The Roots Keep Growing?

Q: When a pine tree is cut down do the roots keep growing? A: They do not. Without the sugar energy coming down from needles or leaves, tree roots don’t have any way to elongate. In addition, plant hormones that...

READ MORE

Black Streaks Under Zoysia

Q: My lawn guy said that my grass needs to be scalped to keep it “healthy”. Underneath the dead grass there’s a lot of black. My zoysia grass has been around for decades and it’s very, very thick. A: The...

READ MORE

Bluebird And Nuthatch Fighting Over House

Q: We setup a bluebird house in our rain garden. White-breasted nuthatchs went in and out for a few days. Then the bluebirds showed up. Today the nuthatch is going in and out. Did the bluebirds just give up? Is...

READ MORE

Vines To Cover Wood Pile

Q: I have a pile of fresh logs in an inaccessible ravine on my property. However, it can be seen from the street. What vines do you recommend to cover this so it’s not an eyesore? A: Four vines immediately...

READ MORE

Is The Golden Jackpot Barberry Invasive Here? 

Q: Is the Golden Jackpot barberry invasive here?  A: It is hard to know. Japanese barberry is very invasive in some parts of the country, like New England, but does not seem to be as vigorous in the Southeast. Yellow-leafed...

READ MORE

Difference Between 34-10-10 And 3-4-3

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (3-4-3)? A: As you know, fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals together. These chemicals supply the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that plants...

READ MORE

White, Sticky Stuff On Hemlock Trees

Q: I have a white, sticky substance on my hemlock trees up at Lake Burton. Any advice would be appreciated. A: It’s very likely you are seeing hemlock adelgid insects. These sap sucking creatures have killed thousands of hemlocks in...

READ MORE

Shelf Life Of Crabgrass Pre-Emergent

Q: Does crabgrass pre-emergent have a shelf life while stored in a bag?  A: As long as the product is kept dry and away from temperature extremes, pre-emergents will be effective for at least three...

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 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

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

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

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

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

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...

READ MORE

Lawn – Choosing the Best Grass

The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

READ MORE