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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn but March -April is also a possibility.  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...

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Shrub – Transplanting 1-2-3

Most shrubs and trees should be transplanted when the demand for water is least, in late fall or winter. Since many roots will inevitably be lost, they need many weeks to regenerate themselves before the hot, dry blasts of summer arrive. If you are contemplating moving a plant that would...

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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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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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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to yellow jacket stings. These insects are actually beneficial because they...

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Selling a Japanese Maple to a Landscape Company

Q: I have an eight-foot-tall, 20+ year old Japanese maple in my front flowerbed. I am wondering if transplanting it is an option? Do you know anyone who would like to have it enough to come dig it up and...

READ MORE

Emerald Ash Borer in Georgia

Q: Does Georgia have the emerald ash borer? A: Yes, we do. This destructive insect has only been found in 26 of our 159 counties but it has the capability to kill every ash tree in the state. Georgia does...

READ MORE

Soil Test First to Keep Hydrangeas Pink

Q: We bought pink hydrangeas and we want them to stay pink. I have been advised to keep the soil alkaline. Is fast acting lime okay? A: I have a group of hydrangeas in the front of my house. I...

READ MORE

New Zealand Trip – 2020

Come next February, I’ll be enjoying the warm summertime in New Zealand…and you can enjoy it with me! I hosted a garden tour of New Zealand in 2011. Ever since, I’ve wanted to go back. So now we’re going again…and...

READ MORE

Broadleaf Weeds of Summer

The sun comes up, the sun goes down. These we can reliably predict. You know what I can predict? The appearance of these common weeds of mid-summer! Check out my pictures and control tips. mimosa weed (chamberbitter) control mulberry weed...

READ MORE

Japanese Maple – Squirrel Damage

Q: I planted a Japanese maple in late winter. It was doing great until recently when two squirrels wreaked havoc. My husband witnessed the hooligans and ran out to shoo them away, but this is what was left . A:...

READ MORE

Yellow Flag Iris – Identified

Q: I found this plant growing on the shoreline of the lake in my neighborhood . Can you identify the plant? Can the plant be propagated via the seed pods. A: This is yellow flag iris, Iris pseudacoris. You can...

READ MORE

European Hornet – In House Wall

Q: I have these insects at my home. I see individuals going behind my house’s fascia. Do I have a huge problem? A: It’s a European hornet, Vespa crabro. Unlike the bald-faced hornets that make gray, football-shaped nests in trees...

READ MORE

Morning Glory Rust – yellow powder on back of leaves

Q: This yellow stuff is on the backside of my morningglory leaves. When you rub it it seems to be like a yellow pollen. A: It is morningglory rust. Rust disease attacks many ornamental plants. One way to manage it...

READ MORE

Tiger Lily Bulbils Identified

Q: What is this flower and what are the black, bead-type things on the stalk? A: It is a tiger lily. The black things are called bulbils and can be planted exactly as you would seed. Lilies, of course, have...

READ MORE

Lady Beetle (Lady Bug) – Identification with Pictures

It pays to know who is who in your garden. The squash beetle, which eats squash leaves, looks very much like a beneficial lady beetle. See below. Excellent guide to lady beetle identification...

READ MORE

How To Cut Back My Huge Buckeye

Q: My buckeye lost its shade when two old pines were removed. Now it has absolutely taken over a side of my yard, covering everything in sight: azaleas, nandina, weeds, etc. The buckeye has white flower spikes in June. Should...

READ MORE

Blueberry Leaves Stuck Together

Q: My blueberries are starting to turn blue but I noticed that something is binding the leaves together. It looks like the leaves have been bitten on the ends but they are then stuck together with something invisible.  A: You...

READ MORE

Will Roundup Affect My Liriope?

Q: I have recently planted six hundred liriope plants for groundcover. Some unwanted grasses, mimosa, and other weeds have sprouted in my planting. Can I spray Roundup on the unwanted plants or will that affect the liriope?  A: I can...

READ MORE

How To Get Rid Of Boxelder Bugs?

Q: We have a silver maple in our back yard that seems to be a real poplar hangout for boxelder bugs. Is there anything we can do to persuade them to move along besides using pesticides? A: If you don’t...

READ MORE

How/Why Kudzu And Chinese Privet Were Brought Here

Q: Could you tell me how and why kudzu and Chinese privet were brought here?  A: Kudzu came from Japan to the United States at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. Importers thought it could be a nice flowering vine...

READ MORE

How High Can Raised Beds Be?

Q: I am working to create permanent raised beds in my garden. I have been told that raised beds should not exceed twelve inches high because the soil becomes too hot and dry.  A: Raised beds do dry out a...

READ MORE

Will A Vinegar And Salt Solution Kill Underbrush?

Q: Can you spread a vinegar and salt solution under big pine and oak trees to kill the underbrush below them?  A: Neither vinegar nor salt will kill the underbrush. Concentrated acetic acid, which smells like vinegar, might burn the...

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

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

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

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

Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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 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

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