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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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  • Nutgrass – In Daylilies

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  • Centipedegrass – Overseeding

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  • Squirrels – Eating leaves in tree

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Maple – Epicormic Branches

Q: I planted a sugar maple a year ago. Buds had already formed when we had a hard freeze in March. The buds never opened. I only see one small group of leaves near the base of the tree. My...

READ MORE

Fescue – Looks Better at Commercial Sites

Q: Why do the fescue lawns at commercial establishments look so beautiful? What are they doing so different? The lawns are so dark green and they are cut very tall. According to all the books fescue should be cut at...

READ MORE

Spittle Bugs – Removing

Q: In the past few days, I have noticed a white, foamy spittle on the stems of some of my plants. Do you have any idea what is causing this? A: Theresa Schrum replies: “Your description is accurate…. as the...

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Seedpod

Q: We found from one of the trees in the back yard a small ball about the size of a golf ball with spiny projections eminating out of it competely around the ball. It also had one thicker stem from...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Pruning Overgrown

Q: Can I cut my overgrown azaleas back? And, if so, how much? A: The best time is in early spring, even though you’ll cut off most of the blooms. I cut my scraggly five-footers down to 18 inches in...

READ MORE

Poke Weed – Characteristics

Q: I need help in identifing a plant that grows in numerious locations around the property. Description: It is a purple stemmed plant, and has bright green leaves when the plant is young. The leaves darken a little as it...

READ MORE

Poke Weed – Characteristics

Q: I need help in identifing a plant that grows in numerious locations around the property. Description: It is a purple stemmed plant, and has bright green leaves when the plant is young. The leaves darken a little as it...

READ MORE

Daisies – Floating in Drinks

Q: I would like to float daisies in my punch for a christening. Are they harmful in any way? A: Master Gardener Mary Kay Woodworth replies: “PLEASE don’t eat the daisies! Daisies are considered toxic plants, but they are not...

READ MORE

Bird – Nesting in Fern

Q: I have a fern that hangs on my front porch. There is a bird that builds a nest in it over and over. Is there anything, other than getting rid of my fern, that I can do stop this?...

READ MORE

Cleveland Select Pear Tree – Characteristics

Q: I would like some information about the ‘Cleveland Select’ pear tree. My husband and I planted some of the ‘Clevelands’, thinking they would be very much like a ‘Bradford’ pear with stronger branches. Are there any serious pest/disease problems...

READ MORE

Nutgrass – In Daylilies

Q: I have nutgrass in one area of my day lilies. What can I do to eliminate it? A: Nutgrass is tough to eliminate in a flower bed. Why not dig and divide the daylilies and wash the roots so...

READ MORE

Centipedegrass – Overseeding

Q: Can or should centipede be over seeded? If so should I thoroughly aerate first? A: You should not overseed with anything else (like rye) in the winter but you can over plant with centipede seed in June. Aerate heavily...

READ MORE

Pine Trees – Cutting and Selling

Q: I have three 20 year old pine trees in my back yard that need to be removed. It is my understanding that there are some lumber companies that will purchase the logs from you once the tree has been...

READ MORE

Earthworm Castings – Eradicating

Q: I have a well established Meyers zoysiagrass lawn. For the past year or so, I’ve had a problem with worm castings. While I understand the worms and castings are beneficial, the castings present an aesthetic mess and I would...

READ MORE

Squirrels – Eating leaves in tree

Q: I planted a maple tree last fall and have been waiting for it to leaf out. The leaves started disappearing and to my surprise, I spotted a squirrel in the tree, climbing the branches and munching on the leaves!...

READ MORE

English Ivy vs Irish Ivy – Identification

Q: I have heard that English ivy is really Irish ivy and that Irish ivy is the plant that covers my woodland. How can I tell them apart? A: According to Suzanne Pierot, President of the American Ivy Society: “Irish...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Keeping their true color

Q: I bought 5 Monrovia ‘Red and Pretty’ hydrangeas this spring. They are doing well in my garden, but the blooms are hot pink, not red! Is there anything I can add to the soil to change the color to...

READ MORE

Iris – Trimming and Mulch

Q: The iris’s were lovely this year, but now that the bloom is over, the foliage is floppy and lying on the sedum. Does it need to absorb sunshine like bulb foliage, or can it be trimmed back? I’ve read...

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

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

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...

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