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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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  • Fescue – Planting Seed – New Lawn

    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 amount of lime and fertilizer recommended by a soil test...

    READ MORE

  • Fescue – Planting Seed – Existing Lawn

    PREPARATION Decide how you will disturb the soil without harming the existing grass. The best choices are to either core aerate or to verticut. Both processes are done with motorized machines available at rental outlets. If the lawn is covered...

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  • Fescue – Planting in Shade

    As landscapes mature, lawns which were once sun-drenched gradually turn shady. Grass near trees begins to thin and shade-loving weeds, such as violets, begin to encroach. Some kinds of grass are naturally sun-loving – they have a hard time growing...

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  • Fescue – 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

  • Fescue – Mowing

    Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The rule is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your...

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  • Fescue – Late Planting Trick

    Sometimes even the best planting calendars are moot… you have to plant grass even though it is the “wrong” time. Here are some tips and the thoughts of a turf specialist. Q: Last week we had to have our sewer...

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  • Fescue – How to Have a Losing Lawn

    Anyone can predict the winners. It takes a real pro, though, to predict the losers of football games. Based in Athens, Leonard Postosties once broadcast his pigskin prognostications, called “Leonard’s Losers”, each week. Listening to Leonard a few years ago,...

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  • Fescue – General Notes

    Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Tall fescue is a fast-growing turfgrass that maintains some shade of green year-round. It looks best fall through spring, but has problems when grown on hard soil...

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  • Fescue – Diseases

    Fescue 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 four...

    READ MORE

  • Fescue – Aerating

    The best time to aerate fescue grass is in fall or early spring, 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...

    READ MORE

  • Fescue – ‘Southeast’ Variety

    In 1992, UGA’s Dr. Ronny Duncan and Dr. Bob Carrow decided to develop turf-type tall fescues with the attributes necessary to persist under Georgia conditions. For initial specimens, Duncan collected any tall fescue plants he could find growing within six...

    READ MORE

  • Annual Bluegrass – Control in Fall-planted Fescue

    It’s a frustrating situation: you have a thin fescue lawn but you’ve also had problems with annual bluegrass there in previous winters. If you use a pre-emergent (click for sources) to control the bluegrass, you can’t readily plant fescue seed....

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  • Why Register on Walter’s Website?

    FIRST, AND MOST IMPORTANT: My site is always free and open to anyone to use….but in order to keep the bad guys at bay, if you want to send in a picture or make a comment or list a garden...

    READ MORE

  • Test Books

    The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell Sometimes you get tired of reading about plants. You want to know what an experienced gardener really FEELS about the task. Mitchell, for twenty five years a garden columnist for the Washington Post, died...

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  • How to Use Walter’s New Website

    Welcome garden friend! I’m sure you’ve noticed some big changes on my website! My old one was familiar to us all…… but it was based on extremely outdated software and it didn’t give me the options I need to be...

    READ MORE

  • Princess 77 – Homeowner Evaluation

    When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the Summer of 2005 I asked for...

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  • Bermudagrass – Removing from Flower Beds

    Bermudagrass makes an excellent turfgrass. However, its excellent ground-covering ability also makes it a pest in flower and vegetable beds. The herbicides fluazifop (Grass B Gon, etc) and sethoxydim (Vantage) can be used in some cases but not all ornamentals...

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  • Bermuda Grass – Killing Before Seeding Fescue

    In many fescue lawns, overseeding is necessary every year or two. Fescue tends to thin out on hard, clay soil and summer heat and drought are no friends to this grass. Bermudagrass is a common weed that can creep into...

    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...

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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

Fescue – Planting Seed – New Lawn

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 amount of lime and fertilizer recommended by a soil test...

READ MORE

Fescue – Planting Seed – Existing Lawn

PREPARATION Decide how you will disturb the soil without harming the existing grass. The best choices are to either core aerate or to verticut. Both processes are done with motorized machines available at rental outlets. If the lawn is covered...

READ MORE

Fescue – Planting in Shade

As landscapes mature, lawns which were once sun-drenched gradually turn shady. Grass near trees begins to thin and shade-loving weeds, such as violets, begin to encroach. Some kinds of grass are naturally sun-loving – they have a hard time growing...

READ MORE

Fescue – 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

Fescue – Mowing

Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The rule is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your...

READ MORE

Fescue – Late Planting Trick

Sometimes even the best planting calendars are moot… you have to plant grass even though it is the “wrong” time. Here are some tips and the thoughts of a turf specialist. Q: Last week we had to have our sewer...

READ MORE

Fescue – How to Have a Losing Lawn

Anyone can predict the winners. It takes a real pro, though, to predict the losers of football games. Based in Athens, Leonard Postosties once broadcast his pigskin prognostications, called “Leonard’s Losers”, each week. Listening to Leonard a few years ago,...

READ MORE

Fescue – General Notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Tall fescue is a fast-growing turfgrass that maintains some shade of green year-round. It looks best fall through spring, but has problems when grown on hard soil...

READ MORE

Fescue – Diseases

Fescue 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 four...

READ MORE

Fescue – Aerating

The best time to aerate fescue grass is in fall or early spring, 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...

READ MORE

Fescue – ‘Southeast’ Variety

In 1992, UGA’s Dr. Ronny Duncan and Dr. Bob Carrow decided to develop turf-type tall fescues with the attributes necessary to persist under Georgia conditions. For initial specimens, Duncan collected any tall fescue plants he could find growing within six...

READ MORE

Annual Bluegrass – Control in Fall-planted Fescue

It’s a frustrating situation: you have a thin fescue lawn but you’ve also had problems with annual bluegrass there in previous winters. If you use a pre-emergent (click for sources) to control the bluegrass, you can’t readily plant fescue seed....

READ MORE

Why Register on Walter’s Website?

FIRST, AND MOST IMPORTANT: My site is always free and open to anyone to use….but in order to keep the bad guys at bay, if you want to send in a picture or make a comment or list a garden...

READ MORE

Test Books

The Essential Earthman by Henry Mitchell Sometimes you get tired of reading about plants. You want to know what an experienced gardener really FEELS about the task. Mitchell, for twenty five years a garden columnist for the Washington Post, died...

READ MORE

How to Use Walter’s New Website

Welcome garden friend! I’m sure you’ve noticed some big changes on my website! My old one was familiar to us all…… but it was based on extremely outdated software and it didn’t give me the options I need to be...

READ MORE

Princess 77 – Homeowner Evaluation

When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the Summer of 2005 I asked for...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Removing from Flower Beds

Bermudagrass makes an excellent turfgrass. However, its excellent ground-covering ability also makes it a pest in flower and vegetable beds. The herbicides fluazifop (Grass B Gon, etc) and sethoxydim (Vantage) can be used in some cases but not all ornamentals...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Killing Before Seeding Fescue

In many fescue lawns, overseeding is necessary every year or two. Fescue tends to thin out on hard, clay soil and summer heat and drought are no friends to this grass. Bermudagrass is a common weed that can creep into...

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