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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...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 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. 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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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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  • Red Hot Poker – Identification

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  • Milkweed Bugs

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  • Ivy – Removing from Brick

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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Rabbit – Eating Ornamental Sweet Potato

Q: I planted several ornamental sweet potatoes in planters around my house. Immediately, something started gnawing them to the bare stems. I thought it was a chipmunk. Today I caught the actual muncher with a mouth full! A: CAUGHT IN...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Roundup Damage

Q: OK, lets be up front about this, I did a stupid thing. I have made just about every mistake in the gardeners manual, but I make them only once. I forgot to purge my lawn tractor sprayer of Roundup...

READ MORE

Jerusalem Cherry – Identification

Q: This shrub “volunteered” at the base of a large sweetgum two years ago. I have never seen anything like it. It has small white flowers in the spring and the fruit is as shown; a bright, tomato red, sphere...

READ MORE

Shining Flea Beetle

Q: I found the identity of this critter in a garden forum but I have not been able to find out if it is a friend or foe. About 10 of them were on my chaste tree, Vitex agnus-castus. A:...

READ MORE

Hornet Nest – Huge

Q: We have a bass lake and “cook-house” that is about 300 yards from our house in Lafayette, Alabama. We have just noticed this hornet nest, about 2-3 feet in diameter.Do any of you know how to get rid of...

READ MORE

Aspartame – As Ant Poison

Q: Do you know anything about the Internet rumor that says aspartame artificial sweetner kills ants? A: Yes I do….and I consider it false. It’s funny that the email right before yours was from a guy advising me that chewing...

READ MORE

Geese – Control in Lawn

Q: I have a small pond in my backyard. Geese have taken up residence and are making a mess of our lawn. Any ideas on how to get rid of them? A: Geese molt in late summer so they can’t...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – ‘Acoma’

Q: When is the best time to plant an ‘Acoma’ crepemyrtle? What is its mature height? A: ‘Acoma’ is an excellent choice for a white-flowering crapemyrtle when space won’t accommodate a ‘Natchez’. ‘Acoma’ grows to 15 feet tall in ten...

READ MORE

Acorns – Control Sprouts in Lawn

Q: I have a problem with acorns dropping in beds (pachysandra and juniper). Would Preen inhibit their sprouting in spring? We spend soooo much time on our hands and knees pulling oak “babies”. A: Mark Czarnota, my UGA weed expert...

READ MORE

Tomato – Blossom End Rot

Q: I’ve successfully grown patio tomatoes on my deck for 3 years. This year, most of the tomatoes suffer from some sort of brownish blotches. It is also happening to my green pepper plants in the pots. Any suggestions? A:...

READ MORE

Red Hot Poker – Identification

Q: My Mother calls the flower I’m sending you “Bread and Butter”. She could not remember the actual name so I researched it on the Internet and found that gladiolus are referred to as ‘Bread and Butter’. My sister took...

READ MORE

Milkweed Bugs

Q: Last evening I noticed my Mexican butterfly flower’s seed pods were covered up in these little orange bugs that I have not seen before. They are orange with two black spots on their backs about where their shoulders would...

READ MORE

Tomato Hornworm – Droppings

Q: My wife has a couple of tomato plants. This evening she noticed some “things” on a leaf of the plant. Could you please take a look and give us any information you might have about them? A: Somewhere on...

READ MORE

Ivy – Removing from Brick

Q: We recently purchased a house that has a hideous overgrowth of ivy on the brick walls and siding. How can I properly remove the ivy without damaging the restored masonry underneath? A: Allowing ivy to grow on walls is...

READ MORE

Japanese Beetles – Organic Repellent?

Q: I contacted you regarding the use of various flowers, herbs, and horticultural oil as a mixture to get rid of Japanese Beetles. You wanted me to let you know how it worked. I steeped (like tea) Convolvulus leaves (and...

READ MORE

Rabbits – Repelled with Milorganite

Q: On your radio show a caller asked for something to discourage rabbits from munching on their garden. Milorganite seems to work for me. Each spring, rabbits would make a meal out of the new, tender blades of mondo grass...

READ MORE

Paperwhite Narcissus – Bloom Again?

Q: I received paperwhite narcissus bulbs for Christmas and they have finished blooming. My question is, if I plant them outdoors, when will they bloom again? A: They will not bloom this spring, certainly, because they have been artificially forced...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Damage Nearby Pipes

Q: I recently planted a hydrangea bush next to my house. When I was digging the hole I found a gas pipe and an irrigation pipe directly underneath. Do I need to worry about the roots damaging these lines as...

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

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 – 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

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