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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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Onions – Softball Sized and Bigger?

Q: A guy on your radio show asked about growing softball-size onions. We planted Vidalia onions several years ago and they were a lot bigger than softballs! A: I have no doubt your onions were big, but you likely started...

READ MORE

Buzzards – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know!

Q: When an animal dies, Buford the Buzzard comes calling. Exactly what species are around here? Where do they hang out and wait for the dinner bell? A: According to The Turkey Vulture Society (yes, there is one! vulturesociety.homestead.com), buzzards...

READ MORE

Sunlight – Calculating Daily Exposure

Q: I have heard that there is a sunlight calculator on the market that measures the amount of sunlight that a specific garden spot gets. Have you heard of this? A: Getting a handle on how much sunlight an area...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: We have some huge oakleaf hydrangea that need to be cut back. When is the best time to do it? A: Oakleaf hydrangea doesn’t usually require pruning but if it’s too big for a spot you can perform selective...

READ MORE

Coffee – Growing In Atlanta?

Q: I heard you talking about coffee beans on the radio but I didn’t hear if we can grow them in Georgia. A: There are dozens of species of coffee plants, several of which yield beans from which coffee can...

READ MORE

Ryegrass – Germination In Febuary

Q: If I overseed with rye grass the first of February, will it germinate? A: It all depends on soil temperature. Ryegrass needs a minimum soil temperature of 45 degrees to germinate. Soil temperatures in February average around 40 degrees....

READ MORE

Apricots – Planting In Georgia

Q: Is there any chance that apricots will grow in Sharpsburg, Georgia ? I don’t want to waste my money buying a tree that wont bear fruit. A: Growing apricots in this area begins a quick trip to heartbreak hotel....

READ MORE

Gardening Coach – Options and Help

Q: I would like to hire a gardening coach. I moved into this home last summer and inherited a beautiful landscape, but I worry that I’m going to ruin it. I have thrown myself into a world that I have...

READ MORE

Maintenance – African Violets

Q: I have several African violets and they all had wonderful blooms in our sun room. But all have stopped blooming and have a hard core center leaf section. A: It’s common for the lower leaves on an African violet...

READ MORE

Mulch – What Thickness?

Q: I have a thick covering of pine straw and leaves on my yard in areas where I don’t mow. Does this prevent the roots of the trees from getting moisture? A: Thick mulch can be a two-edged sword. It...

READ MORE

Saving Plants – Georgia Native Plant Society

Q: Isn’t there a group that digs up plants from places that are going to be developed, to save those plants that would be destroyed? A: My good friends at the Georgia Native Plant Society, www.gnps.org, would love to have...

READ MORE

Potting Soil/Mix – Whats The Difference?

Q: What is the difference in potting soil and potting mix? Which should be used on indoor plants and which in outdoor pots and which in the garden? A: Potting mix is a blend of peat moss, pine bark fines,...

READ MORE

Chinkapin – Where To Get Them?

Q: Chinkapins used to grow wild in the Savannah area. Is there anyway to get them now? A: The chinkapin, Castania pumila, is a shrubby relative of the American chestnut. It has the same spiny burs and a nicely edible...

READ MORE

Springtails – Hopping Black Pepper!

Q: We were outside after a rain in mid-December and found trillions of tiny insects that jump like a flea! They were about the size of a grain of finely ground black pepper. Do you know what they are? A:...

READ MORE

Salvia – To Eat, Or Not To Eat.

Q: Are all varieties of salvia (sage) edible? I purchased May Night salvia and it smells elegant. A: There are hundreds of members of the salvia family but only a few are considered edible. Ornamental salvias, like ‘May Night’, tricolor...

READ MORE

Daffodils – Affected By Warm Weather?

Q: With all the warm weather we’ve had lately, my daffodils have started coming up! Will they come up again this February? A: It’s completely normal for daffodils to put up foliage in winter. They won’t bloom until their regular...

READ MORE

Fig Tree – Planting For Fruit!

Q: I want to plant a fig tree for the fruit. What variety do you recommend for this area? A: ‘Celeste’, ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘LSU Purple’ grow very well here. Check with your local nursery for availability or visit the...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – 15-0-15 Products

Q: I am looking for 15-0-15 fertilizer. We had a soil sample done and was told to add this but I am unable to find this anywhere. A: Look for Centipede/St Augustine fertilizer products. They are sometimes formulated as 15-0-15...

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

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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