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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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Formosan Sweetgum – Identification

Q: We found this leaf on the UGA campus last weekend. Any idea what kind of tree? I searched all my tree ID books to no avail. A: Sharp-eyed naturalist Shannon Pable says it is Formosa sweetgum see Formosa...

READ MORE

Milkweed Aphids – Identification

Q: Please tell me what this is! I don’t know if I should spray this or leave it. A: They are milkweed aphids. I see them every year on my milkweed plants , looking like a bright yellow crust on...

READ MORE

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle – Identification

Q: These bugs are savagely attacking our turnips and other leafy vegetables. What are they and how do you get rid of them? A: They are grubs of the yellowmargined leaf beetle. The adult beetle has an edge of yellow...

READ MORE

Sweet Potato – Curing After Harvest

Q: For Christmas, my eighty-year-old dad wants a bushel of sweet potatoes that have been laid out in the sun to dry after being dug up, like his family in Alabama did. According to him, sweet potatoes are now kiln...

READ MORE

Rooting Cuttings – Accelerated by Aerated Water

My friend Kim C. remarked to me that the coleus stalks he’d absentmindedly stuck in an ornamental fountain had rooted much quicker than similar cuttings he’d put in a bucket of water. Eager to test his observation, I clipped 30...

READ MORE

English Ivy – Rooting

Q:We have two large oak tree stumps in our front yard as a result of recent storms. We would like to plant ivy around them to cover. Can ivy be rooted from clippings? A: It’s a simple task to root...

READ MORE

Poinsettia – Pointers for Indoor Care

Poinsettias are NOT poisonous. That old myth was dispelled by a research project at The Ohio State University in 1975. While the latex sap may be irritating to the eyes, the plants are not toxic. All poinsettia flowers are yellow....

READ MORE

Earthworms – Eradicating

Q: I have a photography studio and have numerous earthworm mounds on a grassy spot where I photograph families or people on the grass. My studio is on a wooded lot and this is the only piece of grass I...

READ MORE

Creasy Greens – Identification

Q: My grandmother mentioned eating creasy greens in spring. She said they were a favorite mountain tonic. What can you tell me about them? A: Creasy greens, also called winter cress, are in the mustard family. The botanical name is...

READ MORE

Invasive Plants in Georgia – List

Q: Where can I find a list of invasive plants in our area? Every time I see a plant doing well in the wild areas near me I wonder if it would be a good one in my yard. A:...

READ MORE

Leaf Spot – On Turnips and Mustard

Q: I have these spots on my mustard and turnip leaves . I ‘d appreciate if you could help me get rid of what is causing them so I could get some in the freezer. A: I think it’s cercospora...

READ MORE

Alstromeria – Weed-like in Garden

Q: Please warn people about planting alstroemeria. It’s gone under a cemented stone wall, under paving stones, has engulfed ferns and is about to do in a hydrangea. For me, alstroemeria is a nightmare. A: I’ve enjoyed this long-lasting component...

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Earthworms – Thousands of Casting Mounds

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READ MORE

Shoe Tree – In Alabama

Q: This tree grows along US Hwy 72 in north Alabama, just a few miles from the Mississippi line. I pass it when I go to west Tennessee to visit my Mom. I’ve been watching it’s “fruit” increase over the...

READ MORE

Hen and Chicks – Blooming

Q: I’ve talked with several gardeners and none have seen a Hens & Chicks bloom. This plant is over 10 years old. A: Hubba-hubba! You’ve done very well! Most succulents, particularly those kept as houseplants, bloom reluctantly. I think the...

READ MORE

Leaves/Needles – Don’t Acidify Soil

Q: I’ve heard that pine needles and oak leaves cause soil to be acid. Is this true? A: This is a gardening myth that should be put to rest. While needles and leaves from all trees may be acidic initially,...

READ MORE

Pecan – Shellers

Q: I have more than fifty pounds of good looking pecans I picked up under my trees. Where can I get them shelled by machine? A: There are several companies scattered across Georgia who will shell your pecans for a...

READ MORE

Pecan Varieties – Identification

Q: I have several different types of pecan trees. Do you have a chart that shows the types of pecans and their names so I can easily identify my pecans? A: I don’t have a chart but what this site...

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

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