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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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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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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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  • Goats/Sheep – Using for Weed Removal

    Q: What do you know about using goats for removal of ivy, privet and the like? A: Goats or sheep can be pretty effective, especially in places where it’s too steep or overgrown to mow. Here are some articles about...

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  • Barklice – On Crapemyrtle

    Q: Can you identify these bugs? I have several clusters of them on my crepe myrtle trees. A: They’re barklice. They feed on bits of bark and lichens but don’t hurt trees. Exotic though they look, there’s no need to...

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  • Blueberries – Dying Due to Soggy Soil

    Q: Blueberries are my all-time favorite food so I was very excited when my husband planted three bushes in the backyard this spring. Two of the three are holding their own, but not really growing, and the third looks absolutely...

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  • Bean – Flat Pods

    Q: For many years I’ve grown pole butter beans but this year the vines look great but there are few beans and they are flat. P. Etchison, Alpharetta, A: Flat beans usually mean poor pollination. Butterbeans are self-pollinating but produce...

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  • Oregon PS250 Electric Pole Saw – Review

    In early summer the Oregon power tool company sent me a 40 volt lithium-ion battery-powered pole saw to try out and evaluate.  I used it several times to cut out dead limbs and limb up small trees and it performed well. But the...

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  • Elephant Ears – What Happens In Winter

    Q: I often see big elephant ear plants being used in commercial landscapes. What happens to the plants in winter? Do they give them away? A: Local landscaper Ed Castro says most companies simply compost the plants. It would be...

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  • Lambsquarters – Growing In Georgia

    Q: Does lambsquarters grow in Georgia? When do I plant? A: My father was listening to my radio show several years ago when a listener asked where to get lambsquarters seed. Dad called me later that day to declare that...

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  • Lubber Grasshopper – Identification

    Q: A huge black grasshopper settled for a rest on my Japanese maple. Any idea what it is? A: It’s a lubber grasshopper. Their “skin” varies in color as they grow from nymph to adulthood. Black ones are not unusual....

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  • Apples – GMO origin?

    Q: I ate a Honeycrisp apple that was not “organic” so I’m assuming it’s probably GMO. Seeds inside had tiny sprouts so I threw them in some dirt to see what would happen. They are growing beautifully! Will these produce...

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  • Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum) – Care

    Q: I received a plant from my grandmother called “Hens n Chicks”. Some of the hens seem to be dying and the chicks are still going strong. What should I do? A: Hens and chicks, Sempervivum tectorum, is native to...

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  • Zucchini Circles – Solved

    When I was asked what could cause spiraling grooves of damage to a zucchini squash, I was initially perplexed. Nothing I know of would make that sort of damage. It was posted on Name That Plant and it received several...

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  • Squash – Green and Yellow Two-toned

    Q: We have a strange vine growing under our porch that we did not plant. Can you please help us identify what it is? A: It’s a squash that came up from a seed that some animal dropped there. The...

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  • Verbena – Slug Damage

    If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it! Diana W. asked me “Have you ever had a blooming verbena plant on which all the flowers disappear overnight?” “Sure.” I acknowledged. I’d noticed my new red...

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  • Oak – Leaf Scorch

    Q: This is a picture of a leaf from an oak tree that is shedding leaves now. This tree is among the last to shed in the fall. Any ideas? A: It’s bacterial leaf scorch. Sadly, there is nothing you...

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  • Hickory Horned Devil – Immature Form

    Q: My son moved to Raleigh, NC and sent me a picture of this caterpillar. It’s about 6 inches long. A: It’s a very handsome hickory horned devil, discovered just before it grows its typical orange horns. You might see...

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  • Knock Out® Roses – Pruning In Fall

    Q: Is it OK to prune Knock Out®  roses in the fall? A: This is a fine time to tidy yours up. Remove empty sprays of flower buds, clip out long branches and remove any dead wood. Your plant won’t produce...

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  • Landscaping – Saving Old Plants

    Q: We’ve just moved into a new home with nice landscaping. We’d would like to redo the landscape but I don’t want to clear cut everything. Are there any companies that would come and harvest existing plants for their own...

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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    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...

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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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  • 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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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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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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  • 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...

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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

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  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Yellowjackets – Trapping With Bowl, Bait and Oil

I’ve described on radio how to make a monitoring trap for yellowjackets using meat bait and some cooking oil. Here’s how it works: Get a cereal bowl, a piece of sandwich meat and some vegetable oil. Roll the meat into...

READ MORE

Goats/Sheep – Using for Weed Removal

Q: What do you know about using goats for removal of ivy, privet and the like? A: Goats or sheep can be pretty effective, especially in places where it’s too steep or overgrown to mow. Here are some articles about...

READ MORE

Barklice – On Crapemyrtle

Q: Can you identify these bugs? I have several clusters of them on my crepe myrtle trees. A: They’re barklice. They feed on bits of bark and lichens but don’t hurt trees. Exotic though they look, there’s no need to...

READ MORE

Blueberries – Dying Due to Soggy Soil

Q: Blueberries are my all-time favorite food so I was very excited when my husband planted three bushes in the backyard this spring. Two of the three are holding their own, but not really growing, and the third looks absolutely...

READ MORE

Bean – Flat Pods

Q: For many years I’ve grown pole butter beans but this year the vines look great but there are few beans and they are flat. P. Etchison, Alpharetta, A: Flat beans usually mean poor pollination. Butterbeans are self-pollinating but produce...

READ MORE

Oregon PS250 Electric Pole Saw – Review

In early summer the Oregon power tool company sent me a 40 volt lithium-ion battery-powered pole saw to try out and evaluate.  I used it several times to cut out dead limbs and limb up small trees and it performed well. But the...

READ MORE

Elephant Ears – What Happens In Winter

Q: I often see big elephant ear plants being used in commercial landscapes. What happens to the plants in winter? Do they give them away? A: Local landscaper Ed Castro says most companies simply compost the plants. It would be...

READ MORE

Lambsquarters – Growing In Georgia

Q: Does lambsquarters grow in Georgia? When do I plant? A: My father was listening to my radio show several years ago when a listener asked where to get lambsquarters seed. Dad called me later that day to declare that...

READ MORE

Lubber Grasshopper – Identification

Q: A huge black grasshopper settled for a rest on my Japanese maple. Any idea what it is? A: It’s a lubber grasshopper. Their “skin” varies in color as they grow from nymph to adulthood. Black ones are not unusual....

READ MORE

Apples – GMO origin?

Q: I ate a Honeycrisp apple that was not “organic” so I’m assuming it’s probably GMO. Seeds inside had tiny sprouts so I threw them in some dirt to see what would happen. They are growing beautifully! Will these produce...

READ MORE

Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum) – Care

Q: I received a plant from my grandmother called “Hens n Chicks”. Some of the hens seem to be dying and the chicks are still going strong. What should I do? A: Hens and chicks, Sempervivum tectorum, is native to...

READ MORE

Zucchini Circles – Solved

When I was asked what could cause spiraling grooves of damage to a zucchini squash, I was initially perplexed. Nothing I know of would make that sort of damage. It was posted on Name That Plant and it received several...

READ MORE

Squash – Green and Yellow Two-toned

Q: We have a strange vine growing under our porch that we did not plant. Can you please help us identify what it is? A: It’s a squash that came up from a seed that some animal dropped there. The...

READ MORE

Verbena – Slug Damage

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it! Diana W. asked me “Have you ever had a blooming verbena plant on which all the flowers disappear overnight?” “Sure.” I acknowledged. I’d noticed my new red...

READ MORE

Oak – Leaf Scorch

Q: This is a picture of a leaf from an oak tree that is shedding leaves now. This tree is among the last to shed in the fall. Any ideas? A: It’s bacterial leaf scorch. Sadly, there is nothing you...

READ MORE

Hickory Horned Devil – Immature Form

Q: My son moved to Raleigh, NC and sent me a picture of this caterpillar. It’s about 6 inches long. A: It’s a very handsome hickory horned devil, discovered just before it grows its typical orange horns. You might see...

READ MORE

Knock Out® Roses – Pruning In Fall

Q: Is it OK to prune Knock Out®  roses in the fall? A: This is a fine time to tidy yours up. Remove empty sprays of flower buds, clip out long branches and remove any dead wood. Your plant won’t produce...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Saving Old Plants

Q: We’ve just moved into a new home with nice landscaping. We’d would like to redo the landscape but I don’t want to clear cut everything. Are there any companies that would come and harvest existing plants for their own...

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 (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

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

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

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

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

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