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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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  • Christmas Ferns – Where To Buy Them?

    Q: I saw a TV show about Christmas ferns. Where can a person buy them? A: My friends at the Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Garden (gpcnativegarden.org) in south DeKalb county regularly conduct fern sales. In addition, they have Lunch...

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  • Mahonia – Getting Rid Of It

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  • Fescue – Chicken Litter Compost?

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  • Pansies – Nitrate Fertilizer Use?

    Q: I’ve heard that nitrate fertilizer is good for pansies in winter. I used Miracle Gro at planting but am hunting nitrate fertilizer. A: The only product I’m aware of is Osmocote 19-6-12 slow release fertilizer. It contains 9% nitrate...

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  • Spinosad – Not for Caterpillars on Collards

    Q: A local nursery suggested spinosad to control caterpillars on collards. When I read the label, it said “In the state of Georgia, do not apply this product to Collards, Kale, Mustard Greens, Spinach, etc…” Can you shed some light...

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  • Figs – Preventing Sourness

    Q: For years I have had wonderful crops of figs. Some years in August they have turned sour and fuzzy on the tree, a total loss.. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? A: Souring usually happens when...

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  • Vegetables – Important First Steps

    Q: I would like to start a vegetable garden in my back yard this spring. What will be the most important first step to this? A: The most important first step is to make sure your plants will grow in...

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  • Shrubbery – Substitute For Schip Laurel

    Q: I have decided that Schip laurel shrubbery would fit in perfectly with my house but haven’t been able to locate any after calling nurseries in my area. A: Schip laurel is an excellent foundation shrub. I don’t know why...

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  • Moles – Castor Oil As Repellent?

    Q: I want to try castor oil on my fescue lawn to evict my little mole friends. Will this harm my grass or shrubs? A: There should be no distress to plants but I don’t think castor oil will repel...

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  • Corn Earworm – Control

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  • Vegetable Gardening – On Septic Drainfield

    Q: What is your recommendation for growing vegetables over a septic leach field? A: Although we commonly fertilize gardens with animal manure, the potential for vegetables to come in contact with human waste makes some folks queasy. That said, a...

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    Q: You might think I am crazy but I am planning on planting kudzu from seed for erosion control. I have a vacation home in Mexico with a very steep hillside that causes many erosion problems. A: Having seen the...

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  • Stepping Stones – Good Distance Placement

    Q: I am constructing a twenty foot walkway using sixteen-inch square stepping stones. How far apart should the stones be placed? A: A good spacing is twenty four inches between centers. This will fit most folks’ gait but taller and...

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    Q: A few months back I heard you say that no trees have root systems exceeding eighteen inches in depth. I have heard opposing information that says that our big hardwoods have root systems measured in meters, not inches. Did...

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  • Cryptomeria – Planting Them

    Q: I want to plant thirteen cryptomeria for privacy and a sound barrier. I was told this time of year is best for water usage. A: This is a great time to plant all shrubs and trees! Just remember that...

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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,...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Butterfly Bush – Safe Pruning

Q: I have a butterfly bush that is overgrown. When is it safe to prune it back and how far? A: You can cut back the butterfly bush anytime after the first killing frost. It will undoubtedly still have leaves...

READ MORE

Christmas Ferns – Where To Buy Them?

Q: I saw a TV show about Christmas ferns. Where can a person buy them? A: My friends at the Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Garden (gpcnativegarden.org) in south DeKalb county regularly conduct fern sales. In addition, they have Lunch...

READ MORE

Amaryllis – How To Move Bulbs?

Q: I have a dozen beautiful red amaryllis bulbs planted outdoors. They die back in the winter, sprout up in the late spring, and bloom during the summer. How should we move the bulbs? A: I assume you have hardy...

READ MORE

Squirrels – Harming My Tree!

Q: Squirrels are eating the leaf clusters out of my tree, dropping them to the ground, grabbing another cluster to eat, and on and on. The tree is beginning to have stripped branches from this, not to mention that I...

READ MORE

Mahonia – Getting Rid Of It

Q: In the last few years, mahonia has taken over our woods. What is the best way to get rid of it, and is there any way of keeping it from spreading so quickly? A: You need long-handled loppers, leather...

READ MORE

Fescue – Chicken Litter Compost?

Q: I have a fescue lawn. I want to use composted chicken litter as a supplement to fertilizer to drive root growth. What is the best time to apply the litter? How often? A: This is a situation where you’ll...

READ MORE

Pansies – Nitrate Fertilizer Use?

Q: I’ve heard that nitrate fertilizer is good for pansies in winter. I used Miracle Gro at planting but am hunting nitrate fertilizer. A: The only product I’m aware of is Osmocote 19-6-12 slow release fertilizer. It contains 9% nitrate...

READ MORE

Spinosad – Not for Caterpillars on Collards

Q: A local nursery suggested spinosad to control caterpillars on collards. When I read the label, it said “In the state of Georgia, do not apply this product to Collards, Kale, Mustard Greens, Spinach, etc…” Can you shed some light...

READ MORE

Figs – Preventing Sourness

Q: For years I have had wonderful crops of figs. Some years in August they have turned sour and fuzzy on the tree, a total loss.. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? A: Souring usually happens when...

READ MORE

Vegetables – Important First Steps

Q: I would like to start a vegetable garden in my back yard this spring. What will be the most important first step to this? A: The most important first step is to make sure your plants will grow in...

READ MORE

Shrubbery – Substitute For Schip Laurel

Q: I have decided that Schip laurel shrubbery would fit in perfectly with my house but haven’t been able to locate any after calling nurseries in my area. A: Schip laurel is an excellent foundation shrub. I don’t know why...

READ MORE

Moles – Castor Oil As Repellent?

Q: I want to try castor oil on my fescue lawn to evict my little mole friends. Will this harm my grass or shrubs? A: There should be no distress to plants but I don’t think castor oil will repel...

READ MORE

Corn Earworm – Control

Q: Our corn will soon be silking. How do I keep keep earworms out? A: Earworm caterpillars come from eggs laid by a moth at the first appearance of corn silks. Some gardeners try to physically exclude them by placing...

READ MORE

Vegetable Gardening – On Septic Drainfield

Q: What is your recommendation for growing vegetables over a septic leach field? A: Although we commonly fertilize gardens with animal manure, the potential for vegetables to come in contact with human waste makes some folks queasy. That said, a...

READ MORE

Kudzu – Not A Great Idea

Q: You might think I am crazy but I am planning on planting kudzu from seed for erosion control. I have a vacation home in Mexico with a very steep hillside that causes many erosion problems. A: Having seen the...

READ MORE

Stepping Stones – Good Distance Placement

Q: I am constructing a twenty foot walkway using sixteen-inch square stepping stones. How far apart should the stones be placed? A: A good spacing is twenty four inches between centers. This will fit most folks’ gait but taller and...

READ MORE

Roots – Growing How Deep?

Q: A few months back I heard you say that no trees have root systems exceeding eighteen inches in depth. I have heard opposing information that says that our big hardwoods have root systems measured in meters, not inches. Did...

READ MORE

Cryptomeria – Planting Them

Q: I want to plant thirteen cryptomeria for privacy and a sound barrier. I was told this time of year is best for water usage. A: This is a great time to plant all shrubs and trees! Just remember that...

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