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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

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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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 unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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Honey Mushroom – Rhizomorphs Under Tree Bark

Q: A few weeks ago we found a vine-like growth under the bark of my old poplar tree, rest its soul. Did you have any thoughts about this? A: They’re the rhizomorphs (spreading roots) of a fungus named Armillaria mellea....

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Q: I’d like to plant milkweed to attract and feed Monarch butterflies. Where can I get seed? A: “Monarchs Across Georgia” is a project of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia . They have a great website that lists resources...

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Climbing Spikes (Spurs) – Damage to Tree

Q: I have some large pines in the yard that need some dead limbs taken out. Will the climbing spikes on a tree guy’s boots hurt the tree? A: The consensus among professional tree care companies is that spikes do...

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‘Yellow Delicious’ Apple – Pollination

Q: I recently purchased a Yellow Delicious apple tree. Do I need a pollinator for it? A: You’ll get reasonably good fruit set with a single tree but better pollination will occur if you have a ‘Stayman’ or ‘Rome Beauty’...

READ MORE

Mole Control – Close the Tunnels

Q: We have moles digging up our yard. How do we get rid of them? A: Mole control partially depends on your own psychological makeup. If you are a Type A person who simply must see a dead mole, use...

READ MORE

Pre-emergent – Application in Coastal Georgia

Q: I’ve seen your recommendation to apply a pre-emergent on March 1. Is that just for the Atlanta area? When should I apply pre-emergent herbicide on the Georgia coast? A: You’re right. Crabgrass wakes up earlier in warmer sites in...

READ MORE

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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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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...

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