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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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 unless it is severely pruned. Crapemyrtles do not HAVE TO...

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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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Acorns – Controlling Sprouts and Growth

Q: We had a lot of acorns falling into our lawn this year. Some have begun to take root. Is there something I can do to prevent the others from rooting? A: There’s nothing you can do except pull them...

READ MORE

Fescue – Germination Concerns

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READ MORE

Willow – Pruning Care

Q: I have a pussy willow that has been in the ground for nine years. I have just removed the best canes with catkins for interior decorating and would like to take this thing down to bush size. Am I...

READ MORE

Zoysiagrass – Growing From Sod

Q: In various magazines this time of year are ads for zoysia lawn plugs. Is ordering these plugs beneficial? Is it a hardy grass? A: Zoysiagrass is perfectly hardy and makes a superb lawn, but buying it locally makes more...

READ MORE

Vegetables – Container Gardening

Q: I am planning to do some container gardening this spring due to an over-active digging puppy. What can I plant and on what schedule? A: Container gardening is much easier now that smaller varieties of vegetables are available. Pepper,...

READ MORE

Christmas Cactus – Planting New Seeds

Q: My Christmas cactus has a seed pod on it. Should break it open and plant the seeds or should I just let nature take its course? A: One source says to wait until the pod is mature (bright pink)....

READ MORE

Fennel – Growth and Harvest

Q: What tips do you have on growing fennel? A: There are two kinds of fennel: herb fennel is known for its aromatic seeds and tender, fragrant leaves. It has a wonderful anise-like flavor. Florence fennel, commonly called finocchio, develops...

READ MORE

Scuppernogs – Fertilization and Care

Q: Can you advise me as to a good fertilization schedule for scuppernongs? A: For established vines apply three to five pounds of 10-10-10 per plant in March of each year. Apply one-half pound of ammonium nitrate in June. Grapes...

READ MORE

Pre-Emergent – Effective After Rain?

Q: I put down pre-emergent last week before a horrific amount of rain fell. Do I need to redo it? A: I think you’re fine unless there is a lot of slope to your lot. If soil washed down, it...

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Dyeing – Garden Lime vs. Pickling Lime?

Q: I’m trying to make an ecological indigo vat for dyeing yarn blue and the recipe calls for pickling lime. What is the difference between garden lime and pickling lime? A: They are two different chemicals. Garden lime is calcium...

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READ MORE

Pollination – Tea Viburunm

Q: I am looking for a pollinator for tea viburnum. Is there another viburnum that would suit its needs? A: Tea viburnum has perfect flowers (male and female parts in the same bloom) but it won’t accept its own pollen....

READ MORE

Bees – Mason Bees For Vegetable Garden Use

Q: Do you know a source for mason bees in Georgia? I have a friend on the West Coast who swears by them for increased crops. A: Mason bees are a terrific substitute for honeybees when you have a fruit...

READ MORE

Winter – Affects on Staghorn Fern

Q: We have moved to northeast Georgia from south Florida. Knowing I need to protect my staghorn fern from winter freezes, can I have any possibility of success with it during the growing season? A: If you have a good...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Should You Dethatch?

Q: I have a well established lawn of centipede grass. Which comes first, aeration or detaching? A: Generally speaking, you don’t need to remove thatch if you aerate a lawn every year or so. The aerator brings up plugs of...

READ MORE

Asparagus – First Time Planting

Q: I‘m a first-time asparagus planter and just received my plants in the mail. The directions say to open up a trench in which to plant them. Do I bury the connected part of the roots or should I burying...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Care and Maintenance

Q: I have bermuda grass in my front yard. Last year I allowed it to get a little too tall between mowings. Now that the grass is dormant, how do I get shorter, thicker grass in the spring? A: The...

READ MORE

Tobacco – Growing and Curing

Q: My sweetheart wants terribly to grow some good tobacco. Do you have tips? A:I grew tobacco for the first time last summer. Rather than go through the hassle of growing the plants from seed, I bought them online from...

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