Featured Article

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....

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, then choose your method of...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

“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...

READ MORE

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....

READ MORE

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES
  • Hamster Raising

    I can’t remember ever getting a question about hamster raising for profit….but if you get one, you can refer to this USDA brochure from 1948! Q: Something is eating my plant leaves. My beautiful collard greens were devastated in two day’s time by a caterpillar. What can I do about it organically? A: You have a fine infestation of cabbage...

    READ MORE

  • Flower, Shrub, Tree, Plant – Identification Resources with Pictures

    It’s frustrating to have a plant in your landscape that you simply can’t identify. Besides my Name That Plant webpage, there are several other good ways to figure out what a plant is. Try these...

    READ MORE

  • Ovulina Petal Blight (White Spots on Flowers) – Infecting Azalea

    Q: I have a few old azalea bushes behind my home. In late spring their flowers develop white spots. Can you tell me what this is? A: It’s ovulina petal blight. This disease is most...

    READ MORE

  • Cedar-Hawthorn Rust – On Amelanchier (Serviceberry)

    Q: I haven’t seen this before on my amelanchiers. What do you think I have here? A: It’s cedar-hawthorn rust. I have it on my amelanchier (serviceberry) too. Spores travel between the two host plants...

    READ MORE

  • Zoysia Lawns – Slow Green-up in 2014

    I’ve been puzzled by the differences in health between different zoysia lawns. My neighbor 2 doors down has a green and verdant zoysia lawn. My neighbor around the corner has slow and spotty green-up.  ...

    READ MORE

  • Rose – Black Spot Control

    I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best...

    READ MORE

  • Baking Soda – For Disease Control

    Q: Will a baking soda spray help to discourage fungal disease on tomato plants? A: It might….and it might not. Researchers have worked for several years on the use of various bicarbonates to control fungi....

    READ MORE

  • Cats/Dogs – Repel From Flower Bed

    Q: Is there anything that will keep the neighborhood cats out of my raised beds? A: I think a well-aimed motion-activated sprinkler would send the cats skedaddling. Look online for the Contech Scarecrow Motion Activated...

    READ MORE

  • Ash Flower Gall – Identification

    Q: I have a white ash that has weird green cauliflower-looking growths where the seeds clusters used to be. When I break them open, I find a little worm. A: The malformation is caused by...

    READ MORE

  • Blackberry – Red-necked Cane Borer

    Q: My thornless blackberry died suddenly and I found larva in the cane. Can you ID these critters? A: Looks like red-necked cane borer. The larvae grow in the blackberry stem, causing it to enlarge,...

    READ MORE

  • Organic Herbicide (Weed Killer) – Won’t Hurt Dog

    Q: Is there a weed killer for poison ivy that won’t harm my dog? A: I used a commercial herbicidal soap on poison ivy last week and the leaves were burned to the ground in...

    READ MORE

  • Podocarpus – Edible?

    Q: I recently found these pods on a tree in Marietta and would love to know their origin and if these pods can be used to grown my own. The fruit/pod are dark purplish black...

    READ MORE

  • Edible Flowers

    Q: Where can I learn more about edible flowers? I want to use them on a wedding cake. A: I found a good resource from the Colorado Extension office. see Edible Flowers You might also...

    READ MORE

  • Horsehair Worm – Identification

    Q: I have a plastic half-barrel with water lilies growing in it. On one of the floating leaves I found a skinny black worm, thin as a hair. What is it? A: It’s probably a...

    READ MORE

  • Cemetery – Plants for

    Q: What would be some good plants to plant in front of a cemetery headstone where there is no water service? The space is 3.5 feet long and 16 inches wide. A: Assuming the site...

    READ MORE

  • Red Rose – Turning Pink

    Q: I have five large Knockout roses in my yard. They have been in the ground for 3 years and have always been red. They just recently bloomed and one of them is now pink...

    READ MORE

  • Lady Beetle – Pupae

    Q: These orange pods are on my Rose of Sharon bushes, plus several black and orange bugs. What are they? A: The pods are lady beetle pupal sacks…keep them! And the alligator creatures are the...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    READ MORE

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Hamster Raising

I can’t remember ever getting a question about hamster raising for profit….but if you get one, you can refer to this USDA brochure from 1948! 

Cabbage Worm (Cabbage Looper) – Control

Q: Something is eating my plant leaves. My beautiful collard greens were devastated in two day’s time by a caterpillar. What can I do about it organically? A: You have a fine infestation of cabbage...

READ MORE

Flower, Shrub, Tree, Plant – Identification Resources with Pictures

It’s frustrating to have a plant in your landscape that you simply can’t identify. Besides my Name That Plant webpage, there are several other good ways to figure out what a plant is. Try these...

READ MORE

Ovulina Petal Blight (White Spots on Flowers) – Infecting Azalea

Q: I have a few old azalea bushes behind my home. In late spring their flowers develop white spots. Can you tell me what this is? A: It’s ovulina petal blight. This disease is most...

READ MORE

Cedar-Hawthorn Rust – On Amelanchier (Serviceberry)

Q: I haven’t seen this before on my amelanchiers. What do you think I have here? A: It’s cedar-hawthorn rust. I have it on my amelanchier (serviceberry) too. Spores travel between the two host plants...

READ MORE

Zoysia Lawns – Slow Green-up in 2014

I’ve been puzzled by the differences in health between different zoysia lawns. My neighbor 2 doors down has a green and verdant zoysia lawn. My neighbor around the corner has slow and spotty green-up.  ...

READ MORE

Rose – Black Spot Control

I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best...

READ MORE

Baking Soda – For Disease Control

Q: Will a baking soda spray help to discourage fungal disease on tomato plants? A: It might….and it might not. Researchers have worked for several years on the use of various bicarbonates to control fungi....

READ MORE

Cats/Dogs – Repel From Flower Bed

Q: Is there anything that will keep the neighborhood cats out of my raised beds? A: I think a well-aimed motion-activated sprinkler would send the cats skedaddling. Look online for the Contech Scarecrow Motion Activated...

READ MORE

Ash Flower Gall – Identification

Q: I have a white ash that has weird green cauliflower-looking growths where the seeds clusters used to be. When I break them open, I find a little worm. A: The malformation is caused by...

READ MORE

Blackberry – Red-necked Cane Borer

Q: My thornless blackberry died suddenly and I found larva in the cane. Can you ID these critters? A: Looks like red-necked cane borer. The larvae grow in the blackberry stem, causing it to enlarge,...

READ MORE

Organic Herbicide (Weed Killer) – Won’t Hurt Dog

Q: Is there a weed killer for poison ivy that won’t harm my dog? A: I used a commercial herbicidal soap on poison ivy last week and the leaves were burned to the ground in...

READ MORE

Podocarpus – Edible?

Q: I recently found these pods on a tree in Marietta and would love to know their origin and if these pods can be used to grown my own. The fruit/pod are dark purplish black...

READ MORE

Edible Flowers

Q: Where can I learn more about edible flowers? I want to use them on a wedding cake. A: I found a good resource from the Colorado Extension office. see Edible Flowers You might also...

READ MORE

Horsehair Worm – Identification

Q: I have a plastic half-barrel with water lilies growing in it. On one of the floating leaves I found a skinny black worm, thin as a hair. What is it? A: It’s probably a...

READ MORE

Cemetery – Plants for

Q: What would be some good plants to plant in front of a cemetery headstone where there is no water service? The space is 3.5 feet long and 16 inches wide. A: Assuming the site...

READ MORE

Red Rose – Turning Pink

Q: I have five large Knockout roses in my yard. They have been in the ground for 3 years and have always been red. They just recently bloomed and one of them is now pink...

READ MORE

Lady Beetle – Pupae

Q: These orange pods are on my Rose of Sharon bushes, plus several black and orange bugs. What are they? A: The pods are lady beetle pupal sacks…keep them! And the alligator creatures are the...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

READ MORE