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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. 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 as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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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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Tree – Struck by Lightning

Q: I live in Cherokee County and have a beautiful poplar tree in my back yard that got struck by lighting last night and am not sure if it can be saved. Since it is so close to the house...

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Water Lettuce – In Creek

Q: I found these water plants in a creek close to my house. I have never seen these plants there before. What are they and where would they come from? The stream winds thru the backyards of houses in a...

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Poppy – Growing Legally

Q: A friend gave this seedpod to me, and it was filled with little black seeds. Do you have any idea what it is and where it grows? I was wondering if there is a chance we could get some...

READ MORE

Emerald Zoysiagrass – Combining with Zeon

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Spanish Moss – Control

Q: Is there a registered chemical for controlling Spanish moss in crapemyrtles? A: Why do you want to control it in the first place? Spanish moss doesn’t hurt the crapemyrtles, it simply uses the branches as support. Spanish moss is...

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Q: About a month ago on your radio show you discussed a formula to use to determine the dollar value of a tree. Can you tell me more about that formula? A: Members of the International Society of Arboriculture use...

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Birch Tree – For North Georgia?

Q: I would love to plant a white birch, also known as “clump birch”. They display a wonderful white bark. Will it grow well north of Athens? A: Gray birch, Betula populifolia, is commonly known as clump birch but paper...

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Creosote – Formation in Chimney

Q: I heard part of a conversation with one of your radio callers. You were talking about firewood and the deposit of creosote in a chimney. Did I understand you correctly that if you burn a fire with the flue...

READ MORE

Pine Needles – Excessive Acidity

Q: After reading your answer to the question about leaving pine needles on the lawn last week, I’m still confused. I understand about not letting them make a mat on the grass but what about the acidity they produce? A:...

READ MORE

Tomato – Won’t Ripen

Q: Our plants have *tons* of large green tomatoes, but they won’t ripen on the vine! They’re absolutely gorgeous, non-diseased green tomatoes that get lots of sunshine. Any tricks to make them ripen up? A: It’s mostly a waiting game....

READ MORE

Yellow jackets – Attracted to White Clover?

Q: Are yellow jackets attracted to white clover? I’m thinking about mixing white clover seed with grass seed when I reseed my lawn this spring. If this will attract yellow jackets I may rethink my plan. A: My observation is...

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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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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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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READ MORE