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Birds – Attracting

To attract birds at any time of the year, select plants that provide nectar, fruits, berries or nuts. There are many trees and shrubs that offer fruit or berries long into fall and even through winter. The small apples of ‘Zumi’ crabapple are a favorite of purple finches and many...

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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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  • Butterfly Weed – Seed Pod

    Q: This just appeared on my butterfly weed plant. Are these seeds? A: Yes, it’s just the seedpod full of seed. Each seed has a silky tail that will be caught in the wind and thus will be distributed around...

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  • Can I Plant Centipede Grass Now?

    Q: Is it okay to plant centipede grass now? A: You can plant centipedegrass sod now but you don’t have enough time for centipede seed to germinate and spread before the weather cools off. Then you won’t have anything to...

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  • Insects On Figs – How To Deter Them Without Killing

    Q: I have a fig tree that is covered with little juicy nubs where figs used to be. Every time one gets ripe, large black wasps with white marks descend and devour it before I get a chance to pick...

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  • How To Save Fescue In The Summer

    Q: Every year, I plant fescue seed and get a lush lawn. Come summer, it always dies out; by the end of the summer there is nothing left. I am aware that fescue doesn’t like heat. What do you know...

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  • Lime Does Not Control Moss

    Q: I have some mossy areas in my lawn that could use some lime. How much? A: It is a myth that lime eliminates moss from a lawn. My backyard patio has several large patches of moss growing happily in...

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  • Owl Nest Box – Will The Owls Scare Away The Bluebirds?

    Q: I recently read an article about putting owl nest boxes in the back yard. Will having owls in my yard scare away the bluebirds that regularly nest there? A: I’m guessing the article described building and installing nest boxes...

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  • Killing Nuisance Trees

    Q: Is there is a device that could carry an electric charge and which could be clipped to small invasive trees and, with the press of a button, cause that nuisance plant enough harm that it would die quickly? They...

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  • Applying Lime To Lawn To Raise pH – How Often To Do It?

    Q: How often can one apply lime to a lawn to raise the pH? A: You can apply lime to a lawn, if needed, a couple of times a year. Since it can take several months for lime to change...

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  • Mulberry Weed – Getting Rid Of It

    Q: I have been invaded by mulberry weed. Any advice to get rid of it forever? A: This is a plant to which the phrase “get rid of it forever” does not apply. It sets seed only a few weeks...

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  • Cottonseed Hulls – Are There Seeds Mixed In?

    Q: If I use cottonseed hulls, will I end up with a garden full of cotton? Are there cotton seeds mixed in with the hulls? A: The cottonseed hulls that come from a cotton gin usually don’t have many seeds...

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  • Centipede Grass Turning Red

    Q: Some of the blades of my centipede grass are turning red. Not sure if excess rain is a contributing factor. A: Centipede grass is well-known to turn red as a response to stresses like traffic, wear, drought, low fertility,...

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  • Fescue Lawn Weeds – Should I Switch To Zoysia?

    Q: For the past three years I’ve battled weeds in my fescue lawn. I’m considering tilling or aggressively aerating next spring and sowing zoysia. The lawn gets at least 6 hours of mostly full sun. A: Zoysia could be a...

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  • Spider Lily Bulbs – When To Plant

    Q: I just received some spider lily bulbs. Should I plant now or refrigerate until spring? A: Spider lily, Lycoris radiata, blooms in fall. It’s likely the bulbs you have were harvested after their leaves faded last spring. If that’s...

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  • Rhododendron – How/When Do I Prune?

    Q: How and when I can prune back a large rhododendron? A: In late summer, it’s best to split the job into two parts. Remove about 25% of the plant this winter but leave some of the shorter limbs that...

    READ MORE

  • Fig Tree – Figs Are Not Ripening

    Q: I have a young fig tree. Last year I got twenty-five delicious figs. This year none of the figs are ripening. I have over forty green figs of various sizes on the tree. A: I really should patent a...

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  • Fescue Lawn – Getting Rid Of Violets

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  • Quantity Of Nitrogen In Fertilizer – Effect On Lawn

    Q: Would a lawn fertilizer containing 10% nitrogen produce the same color green as a fertilizer containing 29% nitrogen? A: The short answer is “yes” but a better question would be how long will the grass stay green after either...

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  • Bermuda Lawn – How Often To Use Milorganite

    Q: I heard you talking on your radio show about a colleague who uses Milorganite twice a year on his lawn. I’d like to give that a try on my bermuda. A: My friend Tim Boyer, turfgrass expert with the...

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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...

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Butterfly Weed – Seed Pod

Q: This just appeared on my butterfly weed plant. Are these seeds? A: Yes, it’s just the seedpod full of seed. Each seed has a silky tail that will be caught in the wind and thus will be distributed around...

READ MORE

Can I Plant Centipede Grass Now?

Q: Is it okay to plant centipede grass now? A: You can plant centipedegrass sod now but you don’t have enough time for centipede seed to germinate and spread before the weather cools off. Then you won’t have anything to...

READ MORE

Insects On Figs – How To Deter Them Without Killing

Q: I have a fig tree that is covered with little juicy nubs where figs used to be. Every time one gets ripe, large black wasps with white marks descend and devour it before I get a chance to pick...

READ MORE

How To Save Fescue In The Summer

Q: Every year, I plant fescue seed and get a lush lawn. Come summer, it always dies out; by the end of the summer there is nothing left. I am aware that fescue doesn’t like heat. What do you know...

READ MORE

Lime Does Not Control Moss

Q: I have some mossy areas in my lawn that could use some lime. How much? A: It is a myth that lime eliminates moss from a lawn. My backyard patio has several large patches of moss growing happily in...

READ MORE

Owl Nest Box – Will The Owls Scare Away The Bluebirds?

Q: I recently read an article about putting owl nest boxes in the back yard. Will having owls in my yard scare away the bluebirds that regularly nest there? A: I’m guessing the article described building and installing nest boxes...

READ MORE

Killing Nuisance Trees

Q: Is there is a device that could carry an electric charge and which could be clipped to small invasive trees and, with the press of a button, cause that nuisance plant enough harm that it would die quickly? They...

READ MORE

Applying Lime To Lawn To Raise pH – How Often To Do It?

Q: How often can one apply lime to a lawn to raise the pH? A: You can apply lime to a lawn, if needed, a couple of times a year. Since it can take several months for lime to change...

READ MORE

Mulberry Weed – Getting Rid Of It

Q: I have been invaded by mulberry weed. Any advice to get rid of it forever? A: This is a plant to which the phrase “get rid of it forever” does not apply. It sets seed only a few weeks...

READ MORE

Cottonseed Hulls – Are There Seeds Mixed In?

Q: If I use cottonseed hulls, will I end up with a garden full of cotton? Are there cotton seeds mixed in with the hulls? A: The cottonseed hulls that come from a cotton gin usually don’t have many seeds...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass Turning Red

Q: Some of the blades of my centipede grass are turning red. Not sure if excess rain is a contributing factor. A: Centipede grass is well-known to turn red as a response to stresses like traffic, wear, drought, low fertility,...

READ MORE

Fescue Lawn Weeds – Should I Switch To Zoysia?

Q: For the past three years I’ve battled weeds in my fescue lawn. I’m considering tilling or aggressively aerating next spring and sowing zoysia. The lawn gets at least 6 hours of mostly full sun. A: Zoysia could be a...

READ MORE

Spider Lily Bulbs – When To Plant

Q: I just received some spider lily bulbs. Should I plant now or refrigerate until spring? A: Spider lily, Lycoris radiata, blooms in fall. It’s likely the bulbs you have were harvested after their leaves faded last spring. If that’s...

READ MORE

Rhododendron – How/When Do I Prune?

Q: How and when I can prune back a large rhododendron? A: In late summer, it’s best to split the job into two parts. Remove about 25% of the plant this winter but leave some of the shorter limbs that...

READ MORE

Fig Tree – Figs Are Not Ripening

Q: I have a young fig tree. Last year I got twenty-five delicious figs. This year none of the figs are ripening. I have over forty green figs of various sizes on the tree. A: I really should patent a...

READ MORE

Fescue Lawn – Getting Rid Of Violets

Q: Violets appeared in my back yard two years ago and have taken over. How can I get rid of the violets and reseed my fescue lawn? A: I’ve had great success controlling violets in a fescue lawn by using...

READ MORE

Quantity Of Nitrogen In Fertilizer – Effect On Lawn

Q: Would a lawn fertilizer containing 10% nitrogen produce the same color green as a fertilizer containing 29% nitrogen? A: The short answer is “yes” but a better question would be how long will the grass stay green after either...

READ MORE

Bermuda Lawn – How Often To Use Milorganite

Q: I heard you talking on your radio show about a colleague who uses Milorganite twice a year on his lawn. I’d like to give that a try on my bermuda. A: My friend Tim Boyer, turfgrass expert with 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