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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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  • 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...

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    Q: I have a river birch that was planted sixteen feet from the house to provide shade. I’m concerned it is too close. I’m thinking I should remove this tree before roots invade the foundation. A: The roots won’t likely...

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  • Fescue – Black Beauty Seed

    Q: I want a nice lawn and I want to use fescue, can you tell me about Black Beauty seed? A: Black Beauty is a brand name for various mixtures of tall fescue seed. The grower makes many claims but...

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    Q: My husband and I visited Shaker Village in Kentucky and had dinner there. One of the side dishes was a delicious salsify au gratin. I have not been able to find salsify anywhere in Atlanta. Is it possible to...

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    Q: What are the rules on an urban farm/gardening in Fulton County? How much of our property can we dedicate to growing vegetables? Do we need some sort of permit to grow vegetables in Fulton County? A: Becky Griffin, UGA...

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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,...

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  • Sago Palm – Fasciated (Flat Stem)

    Q: What is wrong with this sago palm? A: Neat – I’ve never seen a fasciated sago palm! Many plants are known to occasionally produce fasciated limbs. The fasciation results from bacteria in some cases and genetic abnormalities in others....

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  • Nursery Web Spider – Identification

    Q: I took a picture of this spider in my garden the other day and I’m not sure what kind of spider it is. Can you help me? A: UGA’s spider guru Lisa Ames says it looks like a nursery...

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  • Sawdust – No Beetle Risk

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  • Yellow Clover – In Your Fescue

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  • Figs – Surrounded By Bees!

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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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

Bean Beetle – Organic Control

Q: My green beans and butter beans have been devastated by the Mexican bean beetle. I tried picking them off, but after being out of town for several days, they had taken over. I try to avoid chemical pesticides but...

READ MORE

Mondo – Needs No Covering

Q: I have planted lots of dwarf mondo grass, which I love. My yard man covers it in leaves every fall, saying that this is necessary to protect it from the cold weather. Is this correct? A: The tree leaves...

READ MORE

Birch – Close To House

Q: I have a river birch that was planted sixteen feet from the house to provide shade. I’m concerned it is too close. I’m thinking I should remove this tree before roots invade the foundation. A: The roots won’t likely...

READ MORE

Fescue – Black Beauty Seed

Q: I want a nice lawn and I want to use fescue, can you tell me about Black Beauty seed? A: Black Beauty is a brand name for various mixtures of tall fescue seed. The grower makes many claims but...

READ MORE

Salsify – Not For Georgia

Q: My husband and I visited Shaker Village in Kentucky and had dinner there. One of the side dishes was a delicious salsify au gratin. I have not been able to find salsify anywhere in Atlanta. Is it possible to...

READ MORE

Urban Garden Rules – City of Atlanta

Q: What are the rules on an urban farm/gardening in Fulton County? How much of our property can we dedicate to growing vegetables? Do we need some sort of permit to grow vegetables in Fulton County? A: Becky Griffin, UGA...

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

Sago Palm – Fasciated (Flat Stem)

Q: What is wrong with this sago palm? A: Neat – I’ve never seen a fasciated sago palm! Many plants are known to occasionally produce fasciated limbs. The fasciation results from bacteria in some cases and genetic abnormalities in others....

READ MORE

Nursery Web Spider – Identification

Q: I took a picture of this spider in my garden the other day and I’m not sure what kind of spider it is. Can you help me? A: UGA’s spider guru Lisa Ames says it looks like a nursery...

READ MORE

Tomato – Early Blight Not Cured by Serenade

Q: Every year I fight this in my tomatoes. I have been diligent in spraying with fungicide. Now it appears to be getting beyond control. I have used Serenade mostly. Is there anything else I can use that will control...

READ MORE

Sawdust – No Beetle Risk

Q: We recently had a large water oak removed due to an infestation of ambrosia beetles. Is there a risk of infection to nearby trees from the ground stump sawdust? A: There is no harm from the sawdust. The stump...

READ MORE

Yellow Clover – In Your Fescue

Q: I have an aggressive weed in my lawn that I believe is yellow flowering wood sorrel. Can you suggest what I can use to kill the weed without harming my fescue? A: Yellow woodsorrel, sometimes called yellow clover, is...

READ MORE

Figs – Surrounded By Bees!

Q: There are black bees chasing me away from my fig tree. It is loaded with figs but I can’t pick them! A: I picked figs for two weeks this summer with wasps, bees and yellowjackets buzzing happily around me....

READ MORE

Leamongrass – Mosquito Repellent

Q: I was thinking about planting lemon grass to help ward off mosquitoes. Will it grow north of Atlanta? A: Lemon grass is not usually winter hardy in Atlanta, much less Dawsonville. You might have success growing it against a...

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