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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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  • 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...

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  • St Augustine – Diseases

    Q: My St. Augustine grass has pretty much disappeared since last year. What do you know about the SAD virus that might have caused this? A: As you might be asked rural areas “You’re not from around here, are you?”...

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  • St Augustine – Aerating

    The best time to aerate St. Augustine grass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so...

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  • St Augustine – Dethatching

    Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Usually, more than one half inch of thatch on general turf areas decreases the turf vigor by restricting movement of air, water and fertilizers...

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  • TifBlair Centipedegrass

    ‘TifBlair’ is the first developed and released, improved seeded centipedegrass with a pedigree. Both seed and sod are now available for this cultivar additional information can be found by visiting www.tifblair.com. Exceptional Late Season Color And Quality: In tests conducted...

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  • Centipede – Weeds

    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...

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  • Centipede – Watering

    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...

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  • Centipede – Poor Greenup

    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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Centipede – Plant Seed

    Centipedegrass seed is usually planted in May or June. If you plan to start a centipede lawn from scratch, a thorough tilling is usually necessary to be successful. It is almost impossible to get the seeds to germinate uniformly and...

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  • Centipede – Mowing

    Improper mowing height is the prime cause of centipedegrass lawn problems. Mowing higher than 1.5 inches, except in special circumstances, will lead to substantial winter injury. Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best...

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  • Centipede – Liming

    An important factor in plant growth is the soil acidity level. This is measured in terms of a pH scale which is graduated from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Any number below 7.0 is considered acid with 5.0...

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  • Centipede – General Notes

    Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Centipedegrass (“The Poor Man’s Lawn!”) can be a very attractive turf, but it has advantages and disadvantages just like any other grass. In the first place, centipedegrass...

    READ MORE

  • Centipede – Disease

    Centipedegrass lawns can withstand diseases if they are properly cared for. This includes fertilizing properly, mowing at the right height and watering when needed. It is better to control diseases by proper maintenance than by using fungicides. There are three...

    READ MORE

  • Centipede – Dethatching

    Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Usually, more than one half inch of thatch on general turf areas decreases the turf vigor by restricting movement of air, water and fertilizers...

    READ MORE

  • Centipede – Aerating

    The best time to aerate centipedegrass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so the turf...

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  • Zoysiagrass- Overseeding With Rye

    Q: I’m getting older and would like to have a green yard in the winter for once in my life. We have had zoysiagrass forever. What will happen if I sprinkle ryegrass seed over the zoysia now? And how much...

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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,...

    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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

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

Q: My St. Augustine grass has pretty much disappeared since last year. What do you know about the SAD virus that might have caused this? A: As you might be asked rural areas “You’re not from around here, are you?”...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Aerating

The best time to aerate St. Augustine grass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Dethatching

Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Usually, more than one half inch of thatch on general turf areas decreases the turf vigor by restricting movement of air, water and fertilizers...

READ MORE

TifBlair Centipedegrass

‘TifBlair’ is the first developed and released, improved seeded centipedegrass with a pedigree. Both seed and sod are now available for this cultivar additional information can be found by visiting www.tifblair.com. Exceptional Late Season Color And Quality: In tests conducted...

READ MORE

Centipede – Weeds

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

Centipede – Watering

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

Centipede – Poor Greenup

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

Centipede – Plant Seed

Centipedegrass seed is usually planted in May or June. If you plan to start a centipede lawn from scratch, a thorough tilling is usually necessary to be successful. It is almost impossible to get the seeds to germinate uniformly and...

READ MORE

Centipede – Mowing

Improper mowing height is the prime cause of centipedegrass lawn problems. Mowing higher than 1.5 inches, except in special circumstances, will lead to substantial winter injury. Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best...

READ MORE

Centipede – Liming

An important factor in plant growth is the soil acidity level. This is measured in terms of a pH scale which is graduated from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Any number below 7.0 is considered acid with 5.0...

READ MORE

Centipede – General Notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Centipedegrass (“The Poor Man’s Lawn!”) can be a very attractive turf, but it has advantages and disadvantages just like any other grass. In the first place, centipedegrass...

READ MORE

Centipede – Disease

Centipedegrass lawns can withstand diseases if they are properly cared for. This includes fertilizing properly, mowing at the right height and watering when needed. It is better to control diseases by proper maintenance than by using fungicides. There are three...

READ MORE

Centipede – Dethatching

Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Usually, more than one half inch of thatch on general turf areas decreases the turf vigor by restricting movement of air, water and fertilizers...

READ MORE

Centipede – Aerating

The best time to aerate centipedegrass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so the turf...

READ MORE

Zoysiagrass- Overseeding With Rye

Q: I’m getting older and would like to have a green yard in the winter for once in my life. We have had zoysiagrass forever. What will happen if I sprinkle ryegrass seed over the zoysia now? And how much...

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