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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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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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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Pests – Key To Control

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READ MORE

Squirrels – Licking Stuff…

Q: Our very shaded home is prone to mildew on the siding. We noticed odd squiggling lines, about a half-inch thick, that appeared on the front porch walls starting at the floor and going up to about a foot. After...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Protection During Winter

Q: After last year’s cold weather our azaleas really took a beating. They have come back but I don’t want to stress them again this year. Would it be a good idea to cover them with burlap? A: If the...

READ MORE

Persimmon – Not Bearing Fruit

Q: I have three three-year old persimmon trees but they have never had any persimmons. Is this normal or should they be bearing? A: Three- or four-year old trees are still establishing a vigorous root system. Your trees are more...

READ MORE

Seeds – Storing Your Seed Bank

Q: I purchased some seeds earlier this year, placed them in a freezer bag and placed the bag in the freezer. I plan to purchase more seeds to continue my seed bank and wanted to know can the frozen seeds...

READ MORE

Amending Soil – Does It Work

Q: I was told by a landscaper that it was not necessary to add anything to the hole when planting new shrubs. I live at pinetree country club and nothing but clay do I see. What do you recommend. A:...

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Asclepias – Treatment During Winter

Q: In March I planted two Asclepias butterfly plants. The plants grew OK, one better than the other and I didn’t expect blooms the first year and I didn’t get any (yet). I have been trying to get some information...

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Tree Trunk – Branch Broke Off

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Loropetalums – Not Purple Any More

Q: My Plum Delight loropetalums have gone from the gorgeous deep purple color to a dull green. I choose this variety for the year round color. The plants are healthy and increasing in size, but I am puzzled by the...

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Viburnum – Failed To Bloom

Q: Our ‘Erie’ viburnum failed to bloom in May. Should it be pruned heavily? When? A: Like mophead hydrangea, ‘Erie’ viburnum blooms on twigs that form the previous season. Your shrub’s flower buds must have been frozen off in winter....

READ MORE

Community Garden – Management Tips

Q: I am starting a community garden with raised garden beds. I need tips on how to manage it. A: Becky Griffin is a UGA garden expert who blogs about community gardening at bit.ly/UGAcommunity. There you’ll find timely tips plus...

READ MORE

Parrotfeather – Removal From The Pond

Q: Our one-acre pond is becoming clogged with masses of parrot feather. Although it’s an attractive plant, it’s beginning to take over. How can we get rid of it without harming our fish? A: Aquatic plants are divided into four...

READ MORE

Basil – Leaves Being Eaten

Q: The leaves on my basil plant have been eaten by something. There are holes in the middle of most leaves. A: The holes could be caused by slugs, snails or caterpillars. To differentiate, put a saucer-ful of beer near...

READ MORE

Pecan – Finding Papershell

Q: At my former home in Texas I had two paper shell pecan trees and would like to plant one here. Do I need to have two different pollination types or can I get by with two trees of the...

READ MORE

Spiderwort – Keeping Variegation

Q: How do you keep variegated leaves variegated? I have a green spiderwort with white variegation. It looks very healthy but the leaves going all green. I have an acid-green heuchera but it too is going darker. A: Variegation or...

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...

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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...

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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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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