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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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Seed Cane – Viability in South Georgia

Q: My husband gave me a stalk of something called seed cane from south Georgia. Can I plant it in my garden? A: Seed cane is a mature stalk of sugar cane that has buds from which more plants can...

READ MORE

Long Stemmed Pansies

Q: The pansies I bought the last week of September for a pot on the deck have extra-long stems. Are these a new variety? A: Average temperatures since September have been in the mid-70′s, which caused the pansies to stretch...

READ MORE

Fruit Trees – Pruning

Q: I have two apple, two peach, and three cherry trees. I have never pruned any of them. I didn’t realize I had to cut them down so much. Now that they’ve grown big, what should I do? A: While...

READ MORE

Birch Trees – Aphids

Q: We have two birch trees on the side of our house. My neighbor’s driveway is under them. They are dripping something on their cars. Does this mean they are diseased? A: Birch trees sometimes become infested with a big...

READ MORE

Seed Suppliers – Reliability

Q: Is it a good idea to purchase non-hybrid vegetable seeds from an Internet supplier? How do you know if it is reliable? A: Local nurseries have many heirloom seed varieties. Look for displays from Seeds of Change, Johnnies Selected...

READ MORE

Ryegrass – Use as Garden Cover Crop

Q: I sowed annual ryegrass in my vegetable garden in early October. The grass is thick and plush. How do I manage it in winter? A: The purpose of a garden cover crop such as ryegrass, clover, or winter pea...

READ MORE

Growing Dawrf Citrus in Containers

Q: I am interested in growing a dwarf citrus in a container. Do you have any suggestions? I really would like an orange. A: Meyer lemon is the most popular citrus plant grown in containers but I don’t know anyone...

READ MORE

Squirrel Licking Mortar

Q: Yesterday I saw a fat little squirrel licking the brick and mortar on my front steps over a two square foot area. It was quite moist with saliva. If he had kept going I wouldn’t have to pressure wash...

READ MORE

Bradford Pears – Winter Pruning

Q: Can Bradford pears be safely trimmed in November? These are 20-year-old trees which were trimmed three years ago. A: Pruning Bradford pear trees is a great winter job. You can see the limb structure of the tree after leaves...

READ MORE

Chinese Privet – Rooting

Q: While attending a UGA football game, a groundskeeper gave my grandson parts of the hedge that grows around the field. I have it in water now. What is the best way to root this? A: The Sanford Stadium hedge...

READ MORE

Trucker’s Favorite Corn Seed – Sources to Purchase

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READ MORE

Japanese Loquat Tree – Cold Tolerance

Q: I have a lovely Japanese loquat tree. Will it survive the winter here? A: I know of several loquats that grow in sheltered locations inside the Perimeter in NE Atlanta. They occasionally get winter damage but don’t die from...

READ MORE

Pelletized vs. Fast-Acting Lime

Q: I followed your recommendation to get my lawn soil tested. The results say I need to add 90 pounds of lime per 1,000 square feet. Is there a difference in pelletized lime and fast-acting lime? A: University of Georgia...

READ MORE

Pigeon – Cold Tolerance

Q: Two months ago a white dove came to live on our porch. We’ve been feeding him and giving him water. Now that it is getting colder I worry that he will freeze. He is very friendly, walking with me...

READ MORE

Hickory (Pecan) – Twig Girdler

Q: I have a young pecan tree. Over the last week we have found small limbs on the ground and the cut ends look like being chewed by a beaver. A: You have an infestation of hickory twig girdler. This...

READ MORE

Liriope – Propogation

Q: Can I propagate liriope from the fruit it produces ? A: Propagating liriope from seed is slow but it can be done. Soak the berries in warm water overnight then rub them in your hands to expel the seeds...

READ MORE

Stone Pine – Viability in East Cobb

Q: Can stone pine thrive in East Cobb County? Do any nurseries in this area sell them? A: Stone pine, Pinus pinea, has been an important source of food for humans and animals for thousands of years. It grows widely...

READ MORE

Nellie Stevens – Pollination

Q: You say on your website that Nellie Stevens holly needs a close-at-hand Edward Stevens pollinator for more fruit. How many feet away does Edward have to be from all my Nellies? A: Since hollies are pollinated by insects, “within...

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

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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

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

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

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