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Join Me for a Pacific Northwest Trip – July, 2016

Looking for a quick garden get-away to one of the garden beauty spots of the world? Join me this summer in the beautiful and exotic Pacific Northwest! Home to lovely gardens, rain forests, and stunning scenery. You’ll see Butchart Gardens in Canada, meet international plant explorer Dan Hinkley, walk through...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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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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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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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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  • Bedbug – Control

    Q: My son found these bugs in his bedroom. Can you identify for me? A: I’m sad to say he has bedbugs. If you see one, there are many more hiding. Though there are products sold that are labeled for...

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    Q: How long can I leave my hydrangea covered in black plastic without causing a problem? A: Only a few days. Remove plastic and any other covering off shrubs when temperatures at night are in the high 20’s and above....

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  • Smilax – Berries

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    Q: I planted this Brown Turkey fig four years ago and it has never produced a single fruit. It has grown into a giant shrub, about 10 feet tall and 10′ wide, with beautiful foliage. Can you tell me how...

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  • Camellia – Freeze Damage to Leaves

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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    READ MORE

  • Holly – Notches in Leaves (Black Vine Weevil)

    Q:Can you tell me what has been eating the leaves on my holly hedge? It doesn’t look like leafcutter bees. A: I teach Master Gardeners that pest diagnosis is all about patterns. You’re right that the pattern doesn’t look like...

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  • Tree – Trunk Rot Beneath Rotten Limb

    Q: What do you think this is and what can I do? A: It looks like an example of when a limb stub is left on the tree trunk. If I’m seeing it correctly rainwater has invaded through a rotten...

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  • Leyland Cypress – Fallen

    It’s not unusual to see tall Leyland cypress trees that have fallen over during high winds, particularly after a heavy rain. Leyland cypress has a shallower root system than you’d think…and few strong anchor roots. If yours is taller than...

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  • Cedar Sawdust – On Garden

    Q:I do a lot of woodworking and have lots of sawdust. Last spring I put a layer of cedar sawdust on my vegetable garden. I was not happy with the plant growth I got from beans, eggplant, radishes, etc. Is...

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  • Petunia – Growing From Seed

    Q: I have a front yard flower bed. Can I successfully plant petunias by broadcasting the seed there? When is the best time to do it? A: Petunias can certainly be grown from seed but it’s usually done indoors or...

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  • History of Walter Reeves’ Radio Career

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  • Mulch – Way Too Deep

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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,...

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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....

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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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

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Zoysia – Burned Accidentally

Q: I was burning leaves under a cast iron grate in the driveway, it was really windy, and I looked away for a second. Need I say more? Have I done permanent damage to my zoysia? A: Good news…I doubt...

READ MORE

Bedbug – Control

Q: My son found these bugs in his bedroom. Can you identify for me? A: I’m sad to say he has bedbugs. If you see one, there are many more hiding. Though there are products sold that are labeled for...

READ MORE

Weeders – Portrayed by Artists

I just became aware that famous artists have had an interest in weeding just like I do! Some examples are below. Email me if you know of other pieces of art that include weeding or weeders!     Katy K....

READ MORE

Geranium – Rooting Cuttings

Q: I’ve overwintered a geranium for five under lights. This year, it has started to blossom! If it is growing and blossoming under lights, will my cuttings root under the same lights? A: Get a plant propagation heat mat (click...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – How Long to Cover in Winter

Q: How long can I leave my hydrangea covered in black plastic without causing a problem? A: Only a few days. Remove plastic and any other covering off shrubs when temperatures at night are in the high 20’s and above....

READ MORE

Smilax – Berries

Q: While on a woods walk I found these black clusters of berries. What are they? A: They are a fine bird breakfast, but one I wish they wouldn’t eat! The berries are the seeds of the thorny, noxious smilax...

READ MORE

Fig – No Horizontal Branches

Q: I planted this Brown Turkey fig four years ago and it has never produced a single fruit. It has grown into a giant shrub, about 10 feet tall and 10′ wide, with beautiful foliage. Can you tell me how...

READ MORE

Camellia – Freeze Damage to Leaves

Q: This happened in January to my Camellia japonicas so it can’t be scorch because we don’t have so much light or heat at this time of year. A: This looks like freeze damage to me. I sometimes see yellow...

READ MORE

Poultry House Odor – Block With Leyland Cypress

Q: I am hoping you can give me some good news regarding mitigating the smell rolling downhill from the chicken farm up the road. We moved to a small piece of land last year. Our next door neighbor has 30...

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

Holly – Notches in Leaves (Black Vine Weevil)

Q:Can you tell me what has been eating the leaves on my holly hedge? It doesn’t look like leafcutter bees. A: I teach Master Gardeners that pest diagnosis is all about patterns. You’re right that the pattern doesn’t look like...

READ MORE

Tree – Trunk Rot Beneath Rotten Limb

Q: What do you think this is and what can I do? A: It looks like an example of when a limb stub is left on the tree trunk. If I’m seeing it correctly rainwater has invaded through a rotten...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress – Fallen

It’s not unusual to see tall Leyland cypress trees that have fallen over during high winds, particularly after a heavy rain. Leyland cypress has a shallower root system than you’d think…and few strong anchor roots. If yours is taller than...

READ MORE

Cedar Sawdust – On Garden

Q:I do a lot of woodworking and have lots of sawdust. Last spring I put a layer of cedar sawdust on my vegetable garden. I was not happy with the plant growth I got from beans, eggplant, radishes, etc. Is...

READ MORE

Petunia – Growing From Seed

Q: I have a front yard flower bed. Can I successfully plant petunias by broadcasting the seed there? When is the best time to do it? A: Petunias can certainly be grown from seed but it’s usually done indoors or...

READ MORE

History of Walter Reeves’ Radio Career

1980 – 1991 Special guest on “Metro Extension 103”, forty 30-minute shows on V-103 FM. 1984 – 1986 Hosted 15 two-hour call-in gardening shows on WGST-AM, in rotation with other Extension service agents 1989 – 1994 Wrote and voiced 50...

READ MORE

Testing Potting Soil Quality

There are no hard and fast rules about how fast good quality potting soil should drain or how much water it should retain. Here is one way to compare the difference between two products you are considering. For each one:...

READ MORE

Mulch – Way Too Deep

Local landscape designer Lyle Collins noticed some  really deep mulch installed by a professional company around crapemyrtles. I see it too. It’s called “volcano mulching” and it is never good for trees. Moisture held around the trunk leads  to rot...

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 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

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

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 – 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