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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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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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Fertilizer – Whens The Best Time?

Q: What’s the best time to fertilize hydrangeas, azaleas, peonies, etc.? A: In general, the best time to fertilize is when a plant begins to grow vigorously, usually in spring. A typical recommendation is one tablespoon of 10-10-10 per foot...

READ MORE

Potatoes – Growing Your Own

Q: I am trying, with no luck, to find seed for “rooster potatoes.” I found these delicious little gems at a big box grocery and they are wonderful. The ones I bought don’t seem to want to sprout. A: Rooster...

READ MORE

Weeds – Organic Prevention Products

Q: Are there organic weed preventers you would suggest rather than dumping chemicals on ground? A: I’d love to find a non-chemical weed preventer but there simply doesn’t seem to be an effective one for our part of the world....

READ MORE

Lime – Correct Application On Bermuda

Q: My lawn service applied lime on my bermuda lawn both in October and last month. They applied ten pounds per 1000 square feet. Will having a second treatment done so close to the first one harm my lawn? A:...

READ MORE

Trees – Growing For Shade

Q: I have a house that faces due west. The front of cooks in the summer due to the track of the sun and no trees in front yard. What’s a fast growing shade tree? A: I lean heavily toward...

READ MORE

Gardenias – Planting In Winter

Q: My husband’s grandmother passed away and we were given a gardenia. Can I plant the gardenia in winter? A: Most florists’ gardenias are selections of the common southern gardenia, Gardenia jasminoides. In all likelihood, yours was grown in a...

READ MORE

Perennials – A Confusing Season?

Q: This warm winter has my perennial garden confused. I planted tickseed and sage and expected them to go dormant in cold weather. Now they are still as green as ever. Do I cut them back anyway? A: My rule...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Finding A Company

Q: I would like to hire a company to take care of my landscape. Something more than “mow, blow and go”. A: There are plenty of excellent landscape maintenance companies in Atlanta. One place to look is the “Find a...

READ MORE

Tiger Beetle – Larvae in Hole

Q: We found this interesting bug in our yard. At first we thought it was a snake that was just sticking its head in and out of a hole, but in looking closer we think it is some sort of...

READ MORE

Squash – Downy Mildew

Q: My whole zucchini plant turned spotted overnight. I harvested 1 zucchini thus far this season. The plant is planted in a raised garden, with organic top soil. Should I pull the plant? A: This looks like the beginning of...

READ MORE

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Q: This insect has chosen to feast on my tomatoes. Do you have any ideas what this is? A: It’s a Colorado potato beetle larvae. Despite its name, the potato beetle feeds on several plants in the nightshade (tomato) family....

READ MORE

Blueberry – Yellownecked Caterpillars

Q:I just found these on one leaf of my highbush blueberry bush. Are they the start if those horrible yellow neck caterpillars? A:Your suspicions are correct – they are immature yellow necked caterpillars, probably Dantana ministra. If you allow them...

READ MORE

Corn – Buggywhipping

Q: I’m hoping you can help solve a mystery in my garden. It almost looks like someone tried to tie an overhand knot with the leaves. A: It’s called buggy-whipping. It can be caused by herbicides but my bet is...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Finding A Good Company

Q: I would like to hire a company to take care of my landscape. Something more than “mow, blow and go”. A: There are plenty of excellent landscape maintenance companies in Atlanta. One place to look is the “ Find...

READ MORE

White Pines – Similar Substitutes

Q: Our home had a lovely screen of white pines but they eventually died. Could we replant this same species? Should we look for a substitute? A: White pines are typically short-lived in Atlanta. They seem to succumb to summer...

READ MORE

Apple Trees – Small Fruit

Q: Eight years ago I planted seeds from a Pink Lady apple. The biggest tree is ten feet tall and has hundreds of blossoms. The apples are tasty but they are the size of peas. A: It sounds like the...

READ MORE

Pre-Emergent – Application In A Warm Winter?

Q: Would you recommend putting a pre-emergent down early this year since we are having such a warm winter? A: Summer weeds won’t germinate until soil temperatures get above 55 degrees for several days. In Atlanta, the soil temperature is...

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

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

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