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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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Azalea Lacebug – Control

You may have seen the damage lace bugs do to azaleas without knowing who did the dirty deed. Lace bugs suck the juice out of individual leaf cells. Since they hide underneath azalea leaves, you’ll never notice the bugs but it’s easy to see their damage. Since the bugs slurp...

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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 way to avoid black spot is to plant disease-resistant roses. Earth-kind(tm) roses, promoted by...

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Azalea and Camellia – Leaf Gall

Q: The leaves on the ends of some of my camellia branches are swollen and thicker than the rest of the leaves. They are also lighter green. I’ve seen this on azaleas but not on camellias. Is it the same thing? A: It is indeed the same disease: camellia (or...

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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 their landscapes. Wade is certainly familiar with several of the...

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  • Bermudagrass – Controlling in Lawns

    In many situations, you don’t want to completely kill a spot of bermudagrass in a lawn – – you just want to gradually control the bermudagrass in your main turfgrass. There are three solutions: Solution #1 BioAdvanced Bermudagrass Control (click...

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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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  • Bermuda – Watering

    The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

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  • Bermuda – Varieties

    From common bermudagrass, breeders have selected plants that stay low and produce few seedheads. ‘Tifton 419’ and ‘Tifton 94’ are sterile hybrids, available only as sod. They produce no viable seed but a sprig will cover a 12-inch by 12-inch...

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  • Bermuda – Planting Sod

    Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting. • Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the recommended amount of lime and fertilizer (1-800-ASKUGA-1) • If you...

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  • Bermuda – Planting Seed

    Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting.• Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the amount of lime and fertilizer recommended by a soil test (contact...

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  • Bermuda – Overseed with Ryegrass

    The goal of a year-round green lawn is an elusive one. Fescue comes close but keeping it thick and healthy during the summer is tough. Bermudagrass is vibrantly green during the summer but turns buff brown in winter. Professional landscapers...

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  • Bermuda – Mowing

    Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The rule is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your...

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  • Bermuda – Liming

    An important factor in plant growth is the soil acidity level. This is measured in terms of a pH scale which is graduated from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Any number below 7.0 is considered acid with 5.0...

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  • Bermuda – Identification

    Q: My yard is in great shape but my goal is to have shorter bermudagrass that stays green. I have tried to train it shorter but no matter what, when I cut it low, it is brown underneath. Some in...

    READ MORE

  • Bermuda – General Notes

    Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide by Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener This warm-season grass is green in summer and buff/brown in winter. It is supremely adapted to Georgia, so it is sometimes cursed by flower gardeners though revered...

    READ MORE

  • Bermuda – Burning in Winter

    Many owners of bermudagrass and zoysiagrass lawns have heard about folks who “burn off” their lawns in January. Supposedly this releases fertilizer from the ashes and controls insects hidden in the thatch. It is true that farmers with many acres...

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  • Bermuda – Aerating

    The best time to aerate bermudagrass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so the turf...

    READ MORE

  • Bermuda – Disease – Dollar Spot

    Dollar spot is a problem on bermudagrass and zoysiagrass. Conditions favoring disease development include dry soil moisture conditions. When adequate soil moisture is provided, dollar spot is rarely a problem. Sufficient surface moisture for disease development may be provided by...

    READ MORE

  • Avocado – Sprouting

    Avocados are plentiful in grocery stores. It’s fun to sprout the seed for a bit of kitchen greenery. Since the seed is so large, the inevitable question is “Which end is planted facing up?” The correct answer is “The pointed...

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  • Cast Iron Plant – Info

    Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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  • Costa Rica Trip – 2012

    Imagine walking on a warm, sandy beach in January! Imagine seeing toucans, quetzals, monkeys, iguanas, and sloths in their natural habitat! Our garden trips to New Zealand and South Africa have been so enjoyable that I’m planning a third! This...

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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...

    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,...

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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...

    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

  • 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

  • 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...

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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....

    READ MORE

  • Lawn – Choosing the Best Grass

    The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

    READ MORE

  • 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...

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Bermudagrass – Controlling in Lawns

In many situations, you don’t want to completely kill a spot of bermudagrass in a lawn – – you just want to gradually control the bermudagrass in your main turfgrass. There are three solutions: Solution #1 BioAdvanced Bermudagrass Control (click...

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

Bermuda – Watering

The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Varieties

From common bermudagrass, breeders have selected plants that stay low and produce few seedheads. ‘Tifton 419’ and ‘Tifton 94’ are sterile hybrids, available only as sod. They produce no viable seed but a sprig will cover a 12-inch by 12-inch...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Planting Sod

Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting. • Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the recommended amount of lime and fertilizer (1-800-ASKUGA-1) • If you...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Planting Seed

Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting.• Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the amount of lime and fertilizer recommended by a soil test (contact...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Overseed with Ryegrass

The goal of a year-round green lawn is an elusive one. Fescue comes close but keeping it thick and healthy during the summer is tough. Bermudagrass is vibrantly green during the summer but turns buff brown in winter. Professional landscapers...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Mowing

Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The rule is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Liming

An important factor in plant growth is the soil acidity level. This is measured in terms of a pH scale which is graduated from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Any number below 7.0 is considered acid with 5.0...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Identification

Q: My yard is in great shape but my goal is to have shorter bermudagrass that stays green. I have tried to train it shorter but no matter what, when I cut it low, it is brown underneath. Some in...

READ MORE

Bermuda – General Notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide by Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener This warm-season grass is green in summer and buff/brown in winter. It is supremely adapted to Georgia, so it is sometimes cursed by flower gardeners though revered...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Burning in Winter

Many owners of bermudagrass and zoysiagrass lawns have heard about folks who “burn off” their lawns in January. Supposedly this releases fertilizer from the ashes and controls insects hidden in the thatch. It is true that farmers with many acres...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Aerating

The best time to aerate bermudagrass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so the turf...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Disease – Dollar Spot

Dollar spot is a problem on bermudagrass and zoysiagrass. Conditions favoring disease development include dry soil moisture conditions. When adequate soil moisture is provided, dollar spot is rarely a problem. Sufficient surface moisture for disease development may be provided by...

READ MORE

Avocado – Sprouting

Avocados are plentiful in grocery stores. It’s fun to sprout the seed for a bit of kitchen greenery. Since the seed is so large, the inevitable question is “Which end is planted facing up?” The correct answer is “The pointed...

READ MORE

Cast Iron Plant – Info

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

READ MORE

Costa Rica Trip – 2012

Imagine walking on a warm, sandy beach in January! Imagine seeing toucans, quetzals, monkeys, iguanas, and sloths in their natural habitat! Our garden trips to New Zealand and South Africa have been so enjoyable that I’m planning a third! This...

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 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

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

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

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

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

Lawn – Choosing the Best Grass

The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE