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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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  • Buzzing – Mud Dauber Noise

    Q: How does a mud dauber make the buzzing sound when nest building? The wings do not appear to move. A: Mud daubers do indeed make a buzzing sound when they are working. I’ve noticed it when visiting barns and...

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  • Pears – Managing Height

    Q: I want to keep my nine foot tall Bradford pears no larger than fifteen feet tall. Is this possible with regular pruning each spring after flowering? A: Bonsai artists prune and maintain trees that are normally a hundred feet...

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  • Hydrangeas – Expecting Flowers?

    Q: Our landscaper planted four Bombshell hydrangeas in our courtyard in May of last year. The area gets good sun, but not total sun. The tag that came with them states that they bloom in sun or shade. They did...

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  • Centipede Grass – Thick In Some Places

    Q: Why does my centipede grass love the concrete patio and driveway? It’s so green and thick in these areas but not so much in other areas of the yard. A: Good gardeners notice things like this! I think it’s...

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  • Crepe Myrtle – Different Colored Flowers

    Q: We have a crepe myrtle with two colors of flowers. It surprised us when it matured and bloomed. Is there an explanation? A: My bet is that the nursery rooted several cuttings in a pot to get a multi-trunk...

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  • Pawpaws – Looking For Ripeness

    Q: I have pawpaws for the first time, they are five inches long, much bigger around than bananas, green, and hard. How do I know when they’re ripe? A: The fruit probably won’t ripen until September but keep an eye...

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  • Rabbits – Decreasing Your Local Population

    Q: How can we relocate rabbits that are in our neighborhood? They have eaten all our pretty flowers and many of our vegetables. A: You have some choices to make. I have little confidence in rabbit repellent products. In my...

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  • Sod – Numerous Weeds

    Q: In May we installed 9,000 square feet of “blue tag certified” Meyer zoysia sod. My understanding was this would guarantee it to be weed-free. It now has a lot of broad leaf weeds. Did we get ripped off? A:...

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  • Natives – Lists Of Georgia Plants

    Q: Our garden club manages Parkwood Park in Decatur. We want to restrict the park to native plants so it will remain more of a woodland urban forest and not a ‘park’. Is there a list of Georgia native plants?...

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  • Hoses – Affect Of Distance On Water Preassure

    Q: Can I connect two 100′ long soaker hoses without losing adequate flow over the whole 200′ distance? A: Water pressure inevitably decreases with distance away from the water source. I bought a water pressure gauge today and measured my...

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  • Evergreens – For Dry Shade

    Q: Can you suggest some tall evergreen shrubs for dry shade? I keep finding shrubs that require a moist soil. A: Winter hazel, Distylium Emerald Heights ™, and columnar Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’, both do well in dry...

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  • Guava – Preparing For Freezing Nights

    Q: I just planted two pineapple guava trees. Do you think they will make it through our winter? A: During our current heat wave, it’s hard to remember the freezing nights that will surely test your plant in north Georgia....

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    Q: What is the best herbicide for a home garden? It will consist of peas, beans, squash, okra, and tomatoes. A: If you’re looking for an “organic” weed killer, Bayer Natria Grass and Weed Killer is a herbicidal soap that...

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    Q: While staining my second story deck I noticed a foul odor and a more than average amount of flies in the area. I noticed these disgusting stinkhorns growing in the mulch beneath. What can I do to eliminate them?...

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  • Seedlings – When Will They Bloom?

    Q: For several years I’ve been mowing over what I thought were weeds. This spring I finally realized they are volunteers from my chaste tree. Will these babies bloom? A: The seedlings will certainly bloom when they mature. This usually...

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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,...

    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...

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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....

    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...

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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...

    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...

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  • 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

Lantana – Varieties and Information

Q: Lantana appears to be the only plant in my yard the deer will not eat. Where can I learn more about lantana? A: Lantana is an excellent landscape plant…..and almost completely deer-proof! New varieties are introduced every year. Many...

READ MORE

Buzzing – Mud Dauber Noise

Q: How does a mud dauber make the buzzing sound when nest building? The wings do not appear to move. A: Mud daubers do indeed make a buzzing sound when they are working. I’ve noticed it when visiting barns and...

READ MORE

Legality – Overhanging Trees

Q: A Bradford pear tree, located just over the property line on our neighbors’ property, has grown quite large, dropping fruit and seasonal debris on our cars and driveway. It overhangs our entire driveway where our cars are parked and...

READ MORE

Progress – From 1800 to Today

Q: How did the farmers in the mid 1800s manage to grow their crops successfully with no fungicides, no pesticides and no herbicides? A: I’m not sure “successfully” is the right term to use. Much of their weed and insect...

READ MORE

Pears – Managing Height

Q: I want to keep my nine foot tall Bradford pears no larger than fifteen feet tall. Is this possible with regular pruning each spring after flowering? A: Bonsai artists prune and maintain trees that are normally a hundred feet...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Expecting Flowers?

Q: Our landscaper planted four Bombshell hydrangeas in our courtyard in May of last year. The area gets good sun, but not total sun. The tag that came with them states that they bloom in sun or shade. They did...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Thick In Some Places

Q: Why does my centipede grass love the concrete patio and driveway? It’s so green and thick in these areas but not so much in other areas of the yard. A: Good gardeners notice things like this! I think it’s...

READ MORE

Crepe Myrtle – Different Colored Flowers

Q: We have a crepe myrtle with two colors of flowers. It surprised us when it matured and bloomed. Is there an explanation? A: My bet is that the nursery rooted several cuttings in a pot to get a multi-trunk...

READ MORE

Pawpaws – Looking For Ripeness

Q: I have pawpaws for the first time, they are five inches long, much bigger around than bananas, green, and hard. How do I know when they’re ripe? A: The fruit probably won’t ripen until September but keep an eye...

READ MORE

Rabbits – Decreasing Your Local Population

Q: How can we relocate rabbits that are in our neighborhood? They have eaten all our pretty flowers and many of our vegetables. A: You have some choices to make. I have little confidence in rabbit repellent products. In my...

READ MORE

Sod – Numerous Weeds

Q: In May we installed 9,000 square feet of “blue tag certified” Meyer zoysia sod. My understanding was this would guarantee it to be weed-free. It now has a lot of broad leaf weeds. Did we get ripped off? A:...

READ MORE

Natives – Lists Of Georgia Plants

Q: Our garden club manages Parkwood Park in Decatur. We want to restrict the park to native plants so it will remain more of a woodland urban forest and not a ‘park’. Is there a list of Georgia native plants?...

READ MORE

Hoses – Affect Of Distance On Water Preassure

Q: Can I connect two 100′ long soaker hoses without losing adequate flow over the whole 200′ distance? A: Water pressure inevitably decreases with distance away from the water source. I bought a water pressure gauge today and measured my...

READ MORE

Evergreens – For Dry Shade

Q: Can you suggest some tall evergreen shrubs for dry shade? I keep finding shrubs that require a moist soil. A: Winter hazel, Distylium Emerald Heights ™, and columnar Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’, both do well in dry...

READ MORE

Guava – Preparing For Freezing Nights

Q: I just planted two pineapple guava trees. Do you think they will make it through our winter? A: During our current heat wave, it’s hard to remember the freezing nights that will surely test your plant in north Georgia....

READ MORE

Herbicide – Varieties and Application

Q: What is the best herbicide for a home garden? It will consist of peas, beans, squash, okra, and tomatoes. A: If you’re looking for an “organic” weed killer, Bayer Natria Grass and Weed Killer is a herbicidal soap that...

READ MORE

Stinkhorns – Getting Rid Of Them

Q: While staining my second story deck I noticed a foul odor and a more than average amount of flies in the area. I noticed these disgusting stinkhorns growing in the mulch beneath. What can I do to eliminate them?...

READ MORE

Seedlings – When Will They Bloom?

Q: For several years I’ve been mowing over what I thought were weeds. This spring I finally realized they are volunteers from my chaste tree. Will these babies bloom? A: The seedlings will certainly bloom when they mature. This usually...

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