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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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READ MORE

St Augustine – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: 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 weeds you must...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Planting Sod

Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting. • Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the recommended amount of lime and fertilizer (1-800-ASKUGA-1) • If you...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Mowing

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

St Augustine – General notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Where would south Georgia lawns be without St. Augustine grass? St. Augustine grass is an excellent choice for the sandy soils of the lower half of the...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Diseases

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READ MORE

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The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

READ MORE

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As night temperatures stay above 60 degrees and soil temperatures rise above 50 degrees , most warm season turfgrasses begin to green up. How fast greenup occurs obviously relates to temperature, but also to the relative vigor of the turf....

READ MORE

Centipede – Planting Sprigs

Q: How do I plant centipede runners in my fescue grass? A: It’s simple! Cut runners into twelve inch long pieces. Jab a shovel into the ground and put six inches of the centipede runner into the shallow trench. Use...

READ MORE

Centipede – Planting Sod

Centipedegrass sod is usually planted in May or June. If you plan to start a centipedegrass lawn from scratch, a thorough tilling is usually necessary to be successful. It is almost impossible to get the sod to grow well unless...

READ MORE

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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

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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