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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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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“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 email me! Debbi D. comments...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 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. In...

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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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Roots – Growing How Deep?

Q: A few months back I heard you say that no trees have root systems exceeding eighteen inches in depth. I have heard opposing information that says that our big hardwoods have root systems measured in meters, not inches. Did...

READ MORE

Cryptomeria – Planting Them

Q: I want to plant thirteen cryptomeria for privacy and a sound barrier. I was told this time of year is best for water usage. A: This is a great time to plant all shrubs and trees! Just remember that...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Planting From Seeds

Q: I’ve seen an online ad for crape myrtle seeds. What is the success rate when planting them? A: There’s no problem with planting the crapemyrtle seeds but you won’t be able to know what color you have until they...

READ MORE

Seniors – College Classes For Retired Seniors

Q: I am into natural landscaping and the “enviro-realignment” of my acreage but I need more in-depth horticultural training. I’ve heard that the University of Georgia provides low-cost courses for retired people. A: Yes, the University System of Georgia provides...

READ MORE

Fungus – Appearing In The Driveway

Q: My neighbor has earthstar fungus pushing up her driveway asphalt. Is there any to get rid of it? A: Like other mushrooms, earthstar fungi are saprophytic. This means they decompose organic matter in the soil using long thread-like strands....

READ MORE

Compost – Encounters With Roaches!

Q: I’ve been composting for ten years. I’ve tolerated tiny spiders, worms, and bugs of other types without a problem. However, last week when I went out to turn the pile there were giant flying roaches in it! I don’t...

READ MORE

Magnolia – Pruning?

Q: I have a tulip magnolia that’s gotten too big. Can I cut it back to about five feet tall like I do with my crape myrtle? A: Tulip magnolia blooms on branch tips produced the previous year. That means...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Simple Maintenance

Q: I need information on the Empire zoysia sod I had installed this summer. I am particularly interested in how to fertilize and protect from disease. A: Zoysiagrass is an excellent lawn grass if maintained correctly. It needs less fertilizer...

READ MORE

Sassafras – New Disease To Watch Out For

Q: On your radio show I heard a gentleman mention a new sassafras tree disease. I am a big fan of sassafras and don’t want mine to die. A: The problem is laurel wilt disease and it is spread by...

READ MORE

Lotus – Winter Care

Q: I have a lotus plant in a large pot filled with water. What should I do now that winter is coming? A: Most folks just wait until frost nips the leaves and then clip the stems a couple of...

READ MORE

Privet – Responsible Growth

Q: I am thinking about surrendering in the battle for privet control along my fence. It’s an ugly chain-link thing that I would love to hide. But I’m concerned about birds eating privet berries and spreading it to surrounding woods....

READ MORE

Fescue – When Can It Be Applied

Q: What is the latest in the fall one could put down fescue sod? A: You can install fescue sod any time the ground isn’t frozen and supplies are available, typically September through April. If the soil has been tilled...

READ MORE

Roses – Winter Protection Protocol

Q: I am growing roses in pots on a raised deck. What is the recommended winter protection for a container grown rose? A: The safest thing to do is to move them into an unheated garage or basement. If this...

READ MORE

Fertilizing – Vigilant Application And Care

Q: On radio you had a conversation with a gentleman about using 24-8-12 fertilizer on his lawn. Rather than lugging heavy bags of fertilizer, I buy bulk boxes of Miracle-Gro and put it in the hose attachment that comes with...

READ MORE

Weeds – An Alternative Yard Cover

Q: I’m looking for weeds that will take over my yard and look like a lawn from the street. Yes, I actually want to sow weed seeds! We have a bright shady yard and have been unsuccessfully planting fescue in...

READ MORE

Hibiscus – Surviving The Winter

Q: Will dinner plate hibiscus survive the winter here? When is the best time to plant them? A: Dinner plate hibiscus, so-called due to the size of its blossoms, is Hibiscus moscheutos. They are perfectly hardy, growing to a large...

READ MORE

Ginger – Growing Thick Roots

Q: I planted a root from a piece of ginger that I had purchased. The plant is in a small pot and is doing well. How will I know when to harvest it? A: If your potted ginger is indoors,...

READ MORE

Privacy Shrubs – Suggested Plants

Q: What type of privacy shrubs would you recommend to plant on the Georgia Power easement part of my property? I need plants that grow no more than fifteen feet high. A: I recommend ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae and ‘Nellie Stevens’...

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

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

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

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 – 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