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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

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Lemon Trees – Pollination and Fruit Bearing

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READ MORE

France – Grass For Colder Weather

Q: I live in France and I like St Augustine grass but I don’t know whether Raleigh or Mercedes is more cold hardy. A: Paris is chilly in winter but I think St Augustinegrass would fare there just fine. ‘Raleigh’...

READ MORE

Non-Native Plants – Georgia Planting

Q: My heirloom Brandywine tomatoes have somewhat low production. Are there any tomato varieties native to Georgia? A: The tomato is actually native to South America and was first cultivated in Georgia in the early 1700′s. Several common garden plants...

READ MORE

Thyme – Planting Tips

Q: I’m moving from Florida to Athens and I’m interested in putting in a thyme lawn. Do you have any tips to help it be more successful? A: I don’t see why thyme wouldn’t work if you have full sunshine....

READ MORE

Mimosa – Unusually Large

Q: I noticed the flowers of a mimosa tree above the canopy of the woods behind my house. I’m guessing it’s sixty feet tall. Is that unusual? A: It’s unusual, and it may be the biggest in the state, but...

READ MORE

Trees – Treating Scarred Limbs

Q: I recently had a large tree cut down in my back yard. The tree service damaged a lot of healthy trees carrying out the logs. They swore that the best treatment to these scars was chain oil, which they...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Planting In Containers

Q: Can azaleas be planted in containers instead of in the ground? I’ve never seen them in containers. A: Smaller-sized azaleas do fine in containers. Read the plant label to find out their mature size. The Encore azalea experts list...

READ MORE

Dianthus – Pruning Dead Flowers

Q: I planted Dianthus about a month ago and it had beautiful white blossoms. The blossoms have since died back and leaving a unsightly brown flower. Do I cut off the old flowers in order for new ones to appear?...

READ MORE

Irrigation – Using Pool Water

Q: Can we water the sugar maples and bermudagrass around our condos with swimming pool water? A: Relatively speaking, pool water doesn’t have much chlorine in it, typically 1 – 3 parts per million. This is approximately the same amount...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtles – Freeze Damage

Q: My crape myrtles suffered a little freeze damage to the foliage. About half of the new shoots arr wilted and brown while the bottoms are still green. Should I prune the dead stuff back? A: I’d leave the plant...

READ MORE

Weeds – Grassy Weed Control

Q: Two years ago, I replaced my fescue lawn with dwarf mondo grass. I planted sprigs about four inches apart. So far, so good, except for one problem: in the bare spaces between the sprigs, there are lots of weeds...

READ MORE

Holly – Small Sized Replacements

Q: Several years ago we purchased what we were told were two dwarf Helleri hollies. One has died. The other is still no more than a foot tall, with a spread of two and a half feet. We are trying...

READ MORE

Urea – Using A Substitute Product

Q: I sent a sample of soil to the Georgia Extension office. They say we need to use 46-0-0 on our lawn but I can’t find it anywhere. Can I use Milorganite? A: Yes, you can use Milorganite, with an...

READ MORE

Bushes – Soaking Up Water?

Q: I live in a small townhome and the ground floor is very damp. I need a small bush that grows in shade to soak up water. A: Unfortunately, plants do not “soak up water” from an area. Certainly some...

READ MORE

Carpenter Bees – Beneficial For Pollinating?

Q: Are carpenter bees good pollinators in my garden? Some articles say they are and others say they are not that beneficial. A: I think their usefulness in a garden is doubtful. They certainly pollinate big, open flowers like sunflowers...

READ MORE

Containers – Causing Drainage Discoloration?

Q: I live in a courtyard home and use resin containers for all my plants. I have noticed that some of my older containers now produce a yellowish-brown water when I water them deeply. Are the containers are breaking down...

READ MORE

Weeds – Organic Control Options

Q: I have a significant weed issue in my back yard. My wife is against Roundup. A friend of mine says lime would keep the weeds under control. Is this true? A: Lime will have no effect on the weeds....

READ MORE

Rosemary – Edible Leaves?

Q: I planted a creeping rosemary last fall and it has little blue flowers on it. Are they edible? A: Joyce Cotter, president of the Chattahoochee Unit of the American Herb Society, says rosemary flowers are quite edible. She advises...

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