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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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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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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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    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...

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Q: I can not find much information about which plants would be appropriate for a rain garden or dry creek. What should I plant? A: Building a rain garden is an excellent way to create a beautiful landscape that can...

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Plants-Attracting Hummingbirds

Q: On your radio show you spoke to a guy who listed plants he used to attract hummingbirds. Can you list them again? A: I believe the caller mentioned ‘Black and Blue’ salvia, butterfly bush, and cypress vine. The first...

READ MORE

Sprayed Mulch-What to Do

Q: Last summer I sprayed my pasture with GrazonNext, containing aminopyralid and 2,4-D . I have a pile of wood chips that I use as mulch around various plants. When I was cleaning out my sprayer I sprayed my mulch...

READ MORE

Freshly Chipped Pine-Compost?

Q: I have a large heap of freshly chipped pine limbs and needles. If I let the pile age a few months will the chips be suitable as compost for a vegetable garden or should I use for mulch? A:...

READ MORE

“Low Chill Cherries”- Can They Grow Here?

Q: Is it possible that the new “low chill” cherries would produce fruit in Georgia? A: While it is true that their requirement for wintertime chilling severely limits cherries such as ‘Bing’, ‘Ranier’ and ‘Lambert’ in Georgia, many other things...

READ MORE

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Q: Do you have any suggestions for keeping the ants off of peony and dahlia flowers? I love fresh cut flowers in the house, but these two are always covered! A: I have two methods. Both require a bit of...

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Boxwood Blight – Major Concerns in Landscape

Q: We live in Colquitt County and my wife wants an elaborate parterre garden utilizing approximately 700 dwarf boxwoods. She would like the hedges to be able to be maintained around 2 1/2 feet high. The area receives a great...

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Aphids – Present in Winter

Q: Do you know what these small, clear, yellow insects are called? They are in planters we have outside. A: I’m writing this in Jan. 2017 during a warm week following temperatures in the teens. Despite the cold, these are...

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Juniper – Pruning a Large One

Q: I recently started helping my aunt take care of her yard. She has two juniper bushes that have gotten quite large and I was want to trim them back. A: It’s tough to prune big junipers like this and...

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Bradford Pear – Substitutes and Alternatives

Homeowners often complain about their ‘Bradford’ pear problems. “The flowers stink!”, “The branches fall apart!”. If you have such a tree and want to replace it, there are lots of alternatives. My absolute top choice would be a tree-type crapemyrtle....

READ MORE

Bradford Pear – Severely Pruned

When I spotted these poor ‘Bradford’ pears, I was horrified! Surely a knowledgeable arborist hadn’t done this! But I’m not a professional arborist so I asked someone who is: Art Morris, ISA certified arborist at Bartlett Tree Experts. My question...

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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...

READ MORE

Mockingbird – Controlling

Q: Every spring mockingbirds live in big holly bushes near our home. The birds attack the cat and this causes a huge problem. How can we prevent the birds from nesting in the bushes? A: This is a tricky question...

READ MORE

Tree Roots – Covering

Q: These three maples have spread their dastardly roots for 25 years. Short of expanding the block wall and ivy, is there a solution besides totally removing the trees? A: Bank robbers rob banks because that’s where the money is....

READ MORE

Lady Beetle – Larval Form ID

Q: Recently I attended a Christmas parade, after which I took a break on a nearby bench. It had all these weird bugs crawling on it. A: Wow, you can sit in my garden anytime if you bring these friends...

READ MORE

Walter’s Radio Show – Download Podcast

Q: Is there a podcast of your show I can download and listen to later? A: Sure! Click the link below to see the podcasts available. They are usually posted by Tuesday after a broadcast. Lawn and Garden Show on...

READ MORE

Propagation – Using Milk Jugs

Q: What is your opinion of winter sowing outdoors in translucent milk bottles? I’ve read that people do it even into Zone 5! A: It’s something I’ve read about but never tried. So I’ve collected some milk bottles and I...

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

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...

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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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

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