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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...

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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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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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  • Winter – Affects on Staghorn Fern

    Q: We have moved to northeast Georgia from south Florida. Knowing I need to protect my staghorn fern from winter freezes, can I have any possibility of success with it during the growing season? A: If you have a good...

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  • Centipede Grass – Should You Dethatch?

    Q: I have a well established lawn of centipede grass. Which comes first, aeration or detaching? A: Generally speaking, you don’t need to remove thatch if you aerate a lawn every year or so. The aerator brings up plugs of...

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  • Asparagus – First Time Planting

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  • Bermudagrass – Care and Maintenance

    Q: I have bermuda grass in my front yard. Last year I allowed it to get a little too tall between mowings. Now that the grass is dormant, how do I get shorter, thicker grass in the spring? A: The...

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  • Tobacco – Growing and Curing

    Q: My sweetheart wants terribly to grow some good tobacco. Do you have tips? A:I grew tobacco for the first time last summer. Rather than go through the hassle of growing the plants from seed, I bought them online from...

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  • Kale – Planting From Seed

    Q: I want to plant Tuscan kale. I found some seed in Oregon but don’t know if it would do well here. A: The narrow, bumpy leaves of Tuscan kale make it a distinctive garden edible. Kale is thought to...

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  • Hugelkultur – For Squash, Tomatoes, Melons and More!

    Q: I am a beginner at gardening and I want to start growing my own veggies this spring. I want to start a hugelkultur bed. Any tips? A: Hugelkultur is the process of piling limbs and woody material in a...

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  • Bermudagrass Lawn – Lawn Care In Atlanta

    Q: I’m from Canada and have recently moved to Atlanta. How do I tell if I have bermuda or fescue grass? We’re desperate to have a nice lawn in a very nice neighbourhood. We’re not in Toronto anymore! A: Welcome...

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  • Leaf Mold – What Is It?

    Q: What is leaf mold? It is one of the items suggested for bonsai soil. A: Leaf mold is just composted leaves. This is in contrast to “compost” which has had green things added to the mix to speed up...

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  • Fescue – Will Birds Eat All Your Seed?

    Q: If I put out my fescue grass seed in February, is there a chance birds will eat it before it has a chance to germinate? A: University of Georgia turf expert Clint Waltz says the likelihood of all the...

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  • Tomatoes – Drip Irrigation Method

    Q: I’ve decided to use drip irrigation for my tomatoes this spring. Any advice on how many gallons per hour, how often, where to locate the drip hose , etc? A: Water specifications depend a lot on your personal observation....

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  • Squash – Planting Butternut Seeds

    Q: I bought a butternut squash at the grocery and would like to save the seeds to plant later. What do I do with them once they are dried out? A: The fruit you harvest from the saved seeds will...

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  • Slugs – Dealing With Molluscs

    Q: I had a problem last year with slugs munching on my strawberries. What is a safe way to eliminate them? A: Several effective slug control products contain iron phosphate, a type of fertilizer. Slugs and snails perish from iron...

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  • Onions – Planting A Sweet Vidalia

    Q: Someone gave me two bundles of Vidalia onion plants, little bulbs with green stems. What should I do with them now? A: Plant the seedlings in a sunny bed now, twelve inches apart. Feed regularly with fertilizer having a...

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  • Ponytail Plant – When Can You Separate Offsets?

    Q: My mother has a ponytail plant on her back porch in Cairo. It has “babies” growing on the base. How can she start them to be separate plants? A: Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, is not a true palm but...

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  • Loropetalum Shrubs – When To Plant?

    Q: We want to do away with old shrubs in front of our house and replace them with several loropetalum shrubs. When should we plant them? A: Now is a fine time to plant but your first step is to...

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  • Trees – Why Are They Grafted?

    Q: Why are many trees I buy grafted and why do they seem to fail at the graft (break off, split open, etc). A: Trees are commonly grafted because it takes longer (i.e. costs more) to grow them from cuttings....

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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,...

    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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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

    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...

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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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Bees – Mason Bees For Vegetable Garden Use

Q: Do you know a source for mason bees in Georgia? I have a friend on the West Coast who swears by them for increased crops. A: Mason bees are a terrific substitute for honeybees when you have a fruit...

READ MORE

Winter – Affects on Staghorn Fern

Q: We have moved to northeast Georgia from south Florida. Knowing I need to protect my staghorn fern from winter freezes, can I have any possibility of success with it during the growing season? A: If you have a good...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Should You Dethatch?

Q: I have a well established lawn of centipede grass. Which comes first, aeration or detaching? A: Generally speaking, you don’t need to remove thatch if you aerate a lawn every year or so. The aerator brings up plugs of...

READ MORE

Asparagus – First Time Planting

Q: I‘m a first-time asparagus planter and just received my plants in the mail. The directions say to open up a trench in which to plant them. Do I bury the connected part of the roots or should I burying...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Care and Maintenance

Q: I have bermuda grass in my front yard. Last year I allowed it to get a little too tall between mowings. Now that the grass is dormant, how do I get shorter, thicker grass in the spring? A: The...

READ MORE

Tobacco – Growing and Curing

Q: My sweetheart wants terribly to grow some good tobacco. Do you have tips? A:I grew tobacco for the first time last summer. Rather than go through the hassle of growing the plants from seed, I bought them online from...

READ MORE

Kale – Planting From Seed

Q: I want to plant Tuscan kale. I found some seed in Oregon but don’t know if it would do well here. A: The narrow, bumpy leaves of Tuscan kale make it a distinctive garden edible. Kale is thought to...

READ MORE

Hugelkultur – For Squash, Tomatoes, Melons and More!

Q: I am a beginner at gardening and I want to start growing my own veggies this spring. I want to start a hugelkultur bed. Any tips? A: Hugelkultur is the process of piling limbs and woody material in a...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass Lawn – Lawn Care In Atlanta

Q: I’m from Canada and have recently moved to Atlanta. How do I tell if I have bermuda or fescue grass? We’re desperate to have a nice lawn in a very nice neighbourhood. We’re not in Toronto anymore! A: Welcome...

READ MORE

Leaf Mold – What Is It?

Q: What is leaf mold? It is one of the items suggested for bonsai soil. A: Leaf mold is just composted leaves. This is in contrast to “compost” which has had green things added to the mix to speed up...

READ MORE

Fescue – Will Birds Eat All Your Seed?

Q: If I put out my fescue grass seed in February, is there a chance birds will eat it before it has a chance to germinate? A: University of Georgia turf expert Clint Waltz says the likelihood of all the...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Drip Irrigation Method

Q: I’ve decided to use drip irrigation for my tomatoes this spring. Any advice on how many gallons per hour, how often, where to locate the drip hose , etc? A: Water specifications depend a lot on your personal observation....

READ MORE

Squash – Planting Butternut Seeds

Q: I bought a butternut squash at the grocery and would like to save the seeds to plant later. What do I do with them once they are dried out? A: The fruit you harvest from the saved seeds will...

READ MORE

Slugs – Dealing With Molluscs

Q: I had a problem last year with slugs munching on my strawberries. What is a safe way to eliminate them? A: Several effective slug control products contain iron phosphate, a type of fertilizer. Slugs and snails perish from iron...

READ MORE

Onions – Planting A Sweet Vidalia

Q: Someone gave me two bundles of Vidalia onion plants, little bulbs with green stems. What should I do with them now? A: Plant the seedlings in a sunny bed now, twelve inches apart. Feed regularly with fertilizer having a...

READ MORE

Ponytail Plant – When Can You Separate Offsets?

Q: My mother has a ponytail plant on her back porch in Cairo. It has “babies” growing on the base. How can she start them to be separate plants? A: Ponytail palm, Beaucarnea recurvata, is not a true palm but...

READ MORE

Loropetalum Shrubs – When To Plant?

Q: We want to do away with old shrubs in front of our house and replace them with several loropetalum shrubs. When should we plant them? A: Now is a fine time to plant but your first step is to...

READ MORE

Trees – Why Are They Grafted?

Q: Why are many trees I buy grafted and why do they seem to fail at the graft (break off, split open, etc). A: Trees are commonly grafted because it takes longer (i.e. costs more) to grow them from cuttings....

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

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