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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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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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Colocasia vs. Alocasia vs. Xanthosoma

All are called elephant ear by gardeners. Some are edible and some are not. Following is a collection of identification tips taken from various websites. I found the most useful to be http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/shade_gardening/95670 and http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1342/ Alocasia: leaves are held horizontally,...

READ MORE

Castor Bean – Ricin

With all the news about ricin poison being used by terrorists, I thought I’d show a few pictures of the castor bean plant, Ricinus communis, itself. Many folks in the South grow it. Castor bean leaves make a dramatic tropical...

READ MORE

Information – Building a Garden

Q: A coworker and I have received a grant to build a wheelchair-accessible garden at our school. We are unsure what to plant for our limited growing season but we’d like to have vegetables and some flowers. Is there a...

READ MORE

Marbled Orb Weaving Spider – Identification

Q: My daughter and I found this guy in our yard. We’ve never seen a spider quite like him. He was pretty evil looking! A: Evil is in the eye of the beholder! To her boyfriends, this marbled orb weaver...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Brown Swirled areas

Q: After I mow my bermudagrass, brown swirled areas are left in the yard. I use a self propelled push mower with mulching blades. Would the mulching blades cause this? A: The swirls are normal at this time of year,...

READ MORE

Winter Red Holly – Pollinator

Q: Will you please clarify for me the proper pollinator for my ‘Winter Red’ holly? ‘Jim Dandy’ was recommended as the male pollinator, but after more research I planted ‘Apollo’ in its place. Now I read that the proper pollinator...

READ MORE

Frost – Forming

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READ MORE

Boston Fern – Florescent Light

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Q: Last spring I purchased a perennial and accidentally disposed of the tag. The plant leaf closely resembles a coleus and is magenta, cream and green. I do remember the name on the tag was something like Magilla. The plant...

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READ MORE

Daylily – “Repeat Bloomer”

Q: In daylily jargon, what does “repeat bloomer” actually mean? I bought several well-established daylilies last fall. I was told that all of my selections were repeat bloomers, yet they only bloomed that first beautiful flush and then nothing the...

READ MORE

Amaryllis – When to Bring Inside

Q: My amaryllis bulbs are growing well outside. Should I bring them inside now or wait for the yellow leaves like other bulbs? A: If you want to keep the bulbs fully protected and plant them outdoors next spring, bring...

READ MORE

Blackberries and Raspberries – Fruit Growth

Q: Do blackberries and raspberries produce fruit off of old growth or off new growth? A: It depends on which varieties you have. Brambles (which can describe both blackberries and raspberries) typically send up green, leafy stems (primocanes) initially. The...

READ MORE

Sweet Potatoes – Scurf

Q: I have been raising sweet potatoes for several years. Now, about five percent of my potatoes have black skin. The potato underneath the skin is good but the black skin is unsightly. What is wrong? A: I have sour...

READ MORE

Centipedegrass – Overseeding With Ryegrass

Q: Can you tell me the pros and cons of overseeding my centipedegrass lawn with winter ryegrass? A: Some folks enjoy green turf so much they overseed their bermudagrass lawn with ryegrass each fall to have a green front yard...

READ MORE

Root Zone Drainage – Planting on a Soil Mound

Q: Why do some folks mound up their soil and then plant right on the mound? I see that done a lot around town. Is it better to plant them high? It seems like the soil will just wash away....

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 (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

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...

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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...

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

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

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

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