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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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Dog Vomit Fungus

Q: We have something growing around the base of some shrubs. It looks like some kind of fungus. The first day we noticed it, it was spongy looking. A couple days later it looked like a stiff meringue. Now it’s...

READ MORE

Creeping Cucumber – Identification

Q: We have a creeping vine that produces a seed pod which looks like a tiny watermelon about an inch long. The leaves are about 1″ across. It climbs up through existing bushes and also will climb under/behind wood siding....

READ MORE

Polyphemous Moth

Q: I found this giant moth in the yard. What is it? A: You found a beautiful polyphemus moth! This flying creature is found in wooded areas. Its equally distinctive caterpillar is bright green and up to three inches long....

READ MORE

Poison Ivy vs. Poison Oak ID

Q: Does Georgia have Poison Oak plants? A: Poison oak, Toxicodendron pubescens, does grow in Georgia but it is MUCH less common than people think. Poison oak leaves tend to have rounded lobes rather than pointed lobes; it always grows...

READ MORE

Fescue – Pythium Blight

Q: We’ve done everything “by the book” to have a great lawn. We aerated and overseeded last October and again in April. We planted the most expensive grass seed and the lawn has been gorgeous. Now we are seeing light...

READ MORE

Honeybee – Comb Left After Swarm

Q: I found these wax combs on a bush in my front yard in May. There were no signs of insects in the comb or around it on the bush. The cone is some type of wax. Can you please...

READ MORE

Fire Blight – In Pear

Q: I have a 50+ year old pear tree that suddenly has shown signs of distress. After blooming and developing some fruit, the tips of some branches began to turn brown. It looks a little like freeze damage. The problem...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Removing Fescue in Summer

Q: My back lawn was originally seeded with fescue and the front lawn was sodded with bermudagrass. Over the years bermudagrass has spread through the back yard. At this point I think that if I could get rid of the...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Spring Dead Spot

Q: Our lawn is three years old and most likely infected with Spring Dead spot disease. We have bermudagrass sod in our front yard and have numerous brown spots which seem to be worsening now in late May.   We...

READ MORE

Carpetgrass – In Centipede Lawn

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Mimosa – Growing

Q: I think I’ve heard you say that mimosa trees get a disease that kills them before they grow large. I’ve seen a huge one near Lenox Park. Will it die? A: It is true that mimosa trees die after...

READ MORE

Mimosa Stump – Killing

Q: I want to kill a mimosa stump. Every time I cut it down sprouts reappear. A: Some trees and vines are impossible to kill just by cutting them down. Their roots and stump are primed to sprout after you...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Cold Tolerance

Q: The other morning you were talking on the radio about your lawn and it sounded like you have St. Augustine grass. We would love to plant St. Augustine but I hear it’s a gamble in Atlanta due to the...

READ MORE

Tree Wound Dressings

Q: We have a large white oak that had a large chunk of bark knocked off when inadvertently struck by a neighboring tree being removed. The wound is twelve inches wide by thirty inches high located six feet off the...

READ MORE

Hickory Horned Devil – Young form

Q: Can you tell me what in heck these caterpillars are? A: According to my friends at BugGuide, you found the immature caterpillars of the hickory horned devil, which eventually turns into the beautiful Regal...

READ MORE

Sycamore – Dead

Q: I have a three year old sycamore tree. No leaves have appeared yet; should I be concerned? I ask this because all of the other trees in my subdivision seem to have leaves on them already. A: Like the...

READ MORE

Dying Tree – Root Damage

Q: Can you tell me what is happening to my tree? Can I save it? A: Great pictures – they give me a lot of information. First, looking at the whole tree, I see the limbs are thinly foliaged and...

READ MORE

Spider Mite – Foxglove, Hollyhock, Juniper

Q: My foxgloves looked wonderful for a while then became increasingly ‘fried’ looking. Was it too much sun or drought or some fungus among us? I haven’t seen any webs from spider mites, and have hit them with a fungicide....

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...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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...

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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

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

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

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