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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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Hydrangea – How to Move

Q: I am about to move. I would like to take at least a cutting from a hydrangea I got 30 years ago. However, my new sun-porch has a spot for the whole plant. What do I need to do...

READ MORE

Mosquito Control – Mineral Oil

Q: After making several rain barrels we bought mosquito donuts to put in each one. Now we are unable to easily find them; the hardware stores are having a hard time keeping them in stock. Since birds and animals would...

READ MORE

Skunk Vine – Control

Q: Skunk vine is becoming a real gardening problem in south Georgia. It is spreading from the woods into and over our landscape plants (azaleas, Indian Hawthorn and others). What can we do? A: Glyphosate (Roundup, etc) will kill it,...

READ MORE

Seed – Organic Sources

Q: Can you tell me whether or not most of the vegetable seeds sold in stores are genetically modified? I would prefer to grow “natural” vegetables (ones that are still close to their original breed) instead of the new modified...

READ MORE

Stump – Covering with Vines

Q: We want to use a large root ball from a downed tree as a centerpiece for our front yard. What kinds of flowers, or hanging vegetation, would grow well on the root ball? It is about six feet across...

READ MORE

Vegetable Seed – How Long to Save

Q: Are last year’s seeds for our vegetable garden still viable or should they be thrown out? A: If the seeds have been kept cool and in darkness, they may well be viable this spring. Here’s a test that will...

READ MORE

Azalea and Rhododendron – Root Rot (Wilting)

Q: I moved into my house in an older neighborhood in 1996. One of the selling factors was that I had seen large azaleas blooming there the previous spring. Since I moved in, though, one by one my azaleas are...

READ MORE

Kudzu – Control in Winter

Q: In two weeks, we are going to try and clear out the dormant kudzu vines that are on the outside perimeter of our subdivision, along a very small drainage ditch. After we pull out the vines, can we treat...

READ MORE

Pinching, Deadheading – Defined

Q: On your radio show, you’ve mentioned “pinching” azaleas several times to make new buds. For those of us in the slow group, what time of year do you do this and where on the plant? A: Sometimes I use...

READ MORE

Slug Control – Lava Rock

Q: Here is a tip for your readers! For years I had slugs attacking the containerized plants on my deck. I couldn’t put a container on my front porch, because free-running cats, squirrels, and chipmunks thought my containers were perfect...

READ MORE

New Home – Drainage Problem

Q: My husband and I are new homeowners and thought you might be able to give us some insight. We purchased our home in December 2000. We were excited and looked forward to this spring when our landscape would explode...

READ MORE

Wild Onion – Control

Q: What can I do to rid my Bermudagrass lawn of an infestation of wild onions? I’m a transplant from Illinois and have not faced this type of problem with my turf before. A: As with any weed, you have...

READ MORE

Wild Onion – Edibility

Q: I am interested in knowing if the wild onions popping up all over my yard are edible or not. One of my friends said they are poisonous. A: Well, they are certainly edible but you won’t get kissed any...

READ MORE

Daffodil vs Jonquil – Identification

Q: We were having a discussion at the office about daffodils and jonquils, and we would like to know the difference between them. Would you please enlighten me? A: Bringing light to the dark corners of garden knowledge is my...

READ MORE

Flowers – Drought-proofing

Q: I enjoy replanting my flower beds twice a year (spring & late fall), but I am concerned that the drought will result in a change from our current restricted watering to a total water ban. Can you please recommend...

READ MORE

Goldenrain tree – Not Blooming

Q: I planted a goldenrain tree, per your suggestion, four years ago. Although you promised bright yellow blooms in June, that has never happened. Will it ever bloom? A: My wife is an elementary reading specialist. Practically every week she...

READ MORE

Palmetto Bug (Roach) – Control

Q: We have noticed palmetto bugs (a.k.a. large brown roaches about two inches long) in vast numbers all over our driveway. My daughter is afraid to walk up the driveway and I am always prepared to hear one crunch under...

READ MORE

Homestead Purple – Rejuvenating

Q: I planted ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena almost two years ago. Last year it bloomed just about year round because the weather did not get cold enough to hurt it. This year it has been pretty much completely bitten back. Should...

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...

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

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