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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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READ MORE

Bittersweet – Viability in Georgia

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READ MORE

Lemon Grass – Winterizing

Q: What do I do with a lemon grass plant over the winter? I planted it this spring and it is huge! A: Lemongrass, Andropogon citratus, is a perennial plant in south Georgia but it is killed by winter cold...

READ MORE

Montauk Daisy – Rooting and Transplanting

Q: I’ve rooted some cuttings from a neighbor’s Montauk daisies and they’re now going dormant. Should I leave them in their little flower pots all winter? A: Montauk daisy, Nipponanthemum nipponicum, is usually perennial here but transplanting the little ones...

READ MORE

Nightshade Family – Linkage to Arthiritis

Q: My grandmother was told that eating vegetable members of the nightshade family would exacerbate her arthritis. Which ones should she avoid? Why are they called nightshade? A: The nightshade (solanum) family is very diverse, covering tobacco, jimson weed, angel...

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Pansies – Fertilizing with Oatmeal

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READ MORE

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Q: My granddaughter found a persimmon while walking the dogs. Can I plant it and have a tree in my yard? A: You can certainly plant it and eventually get a tree but there is a caveat. The seed might...

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READ MORE

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Q: Recently I had many very tall pines removed from behind my house. I want to plant trees or large bushes back there so that the birds and squirrels will have a good habitat. A: Whether you are squirrel, bird...

READ MORE

Amaryllis – Replanting

Q: When can I dig up, separate and replant my outdoor amaryllis? A: I think the best time is in spring when the green shoots first appear. Hardy amaryllis, Hippeastrum x johnsonii, blooms in my landscape each year. Dig a...

READ MORE

Canna Liliy – Aggressive?

Q: Last year I bought a small canna lily plant for 50 cents. I planted it near the edge of our lake. Now it’s spread to six feet by ten feet. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but I am...

READ MORE

Pine Trees – Premature Needle Shedding

Q: All of a sudden pine straw falling from my trees is as green as if it were still on the tree. Why is this? A: Premature needle shedding is most likely caused by big temperature swings coupled with summer...

READ MORE

Fruit-Bearing Cherry Trees – Viability in Atlanta area

Q: I am looking for fruit-bearing cherry trees. What is your advice? A: I don’t know of anyone who has successfully grown sweet cherry fruit in the Atlanta area. Temperature swings in winter cause freeze damage to the trunk and...

READ MORE

Pyracantha – Pruning

Q: How should I prune the pyracantha that’s climbing the wall of my garage? A: Pyracantha blooms in April or May on twigs that grew the previous year. If you prune severely now, you won’t have flowers or the bright...

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

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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

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READ MORE

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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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READ MORE

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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

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 – 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

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