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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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  • Hibiscus – Granular Deposits on Leaves

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  • Squirrel – Dumb Things They Chew On

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  • Chipmunk Control – Georgia Laws

    Q: Is it true that chipmunks are protected by Georgia law? A: Yes, it is true. Here is the appropriate part of the Georgia State Code: TITLE 27.  GAME AND FISH CHAPTER 1.  GENERAL PROVISIONS O.C.G.A. § 27-1-28  (2012) § 27-1-28.  Taking of...

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  • Pine Cones – Why So Few

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  • Dung Beetles – For Cleaning Up Dog Droppings

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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Sowbugs – Eating Seedlings

Q: These woodlouses, pill bugs, sow bugs, are eating every new seedling I have planted. I have already lost a jalapeno, squash, three cucumbers, and an okra plant. I would like to stay organic, but diatomaceous soil doesn’t work. A:...

READ MORE

Hibiscus – Granular Deposits on Leaves

Q: There are irregular shaped, granular deposits on front and back and upper stems of my miniature hibiscus leaves, grown in a sun room. They feel like fine sand. What is it and how to control? A: UGA’s tropical plant...

READ MORE

Greenhouse Assembly Manual – Thinking Outside Model 44115

Want to do a good deed for a fellow gardener? Sarah C. says she  recently purchase a beautiful (used) plastic outdoor greenhouse/shed. “I’ve been able to put the shed together for the most part, but I can’t figure out how to...

READ MORE

World Naked Gardening Day

World Naked Gardening Day is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in May. People across the globe are encouraged to tend their portion of the world’s garden unclothed . As the organizers say: “It’s fun, costs no money, runs no unwanted...

READ MORE

Pesticides – Their History

When did mankind start using pesticides? Would you  believe 1000 BC? Using chemicals to kill insects, weeds and diseases is nothing new. People have been using them for thousands of years. True, wide-spread use didn’t occur until the 20th century,...

READ MORE

Rose Rosette – Oil Spray to Control Mites

Q: I just read about rose rosette disease. Can we spray our Knockout roses with Volck oil spray in trying to keep the mites that spread this disease at bay? A: Rose rosette affects all roses. The most common symptoms...

READ MORE

Squirrel – Dumb Things They Chew On

I am no longer surprised at what squirrels find to chew on. From licking mortar to gnawing on a deck to eating a gas can, squirrels seem to find lots of thingd delicious. Why? My guess is stupidity in some...

READ MORE

Bradford Pear – Wildly Sprouting Thorny Bushes

Curtis Young , editor, and other contributors to the Buckeye Yard and Garden Line have shed light on why there are so many thorny sprouts of wild pear showing up unwanted every year. “One of the certainties of education is...

READ MORE

Bermuda Lawn – Thinning Due to Standing Water

Q: We are in year 2 of our new house. The first year the bermuda grass grew really good. The next year we had a lot of spots where water would sit and the grass would not grow. We have...

READ MORE

Tomato – Sun Scald on New Plants

Q: I’ve been starting my tomato seeds indoors in preparation for spring planting. Since the weather here in Marietta has been steadily warming, I decided to plant the tomato plants outside in mid-April. Ever since, I’ve noticed that the leaves...

READ MORE

Straw Bale Garden – One Gardener’s Project

Q: I called you in early April about whether to go ahead and plant my straw bale garden. You seemed a bit skeptical about planting that early, but since I had the plastic sheeting in place and was able to...

READ MORE

Chipmunk Control – Georgia Laws

Q: Is it true that chipmunks are protected by Georgia law? A: Yes, it is true. Here is the appropriate part of the Georgia State Code: TITLE 27.  GAME AND FISH CHAPTER 1.  GENERAL PROVISIONS O.C.G.A. § 27-1-28  (2012) § 27-1-28.  Taking of...

READ MORE

Wisteria – Remove Due to Kudzu Bug?

Q: Am I going to have to cut down the wisteria on my pergola to get rid of the massive amount of kudzu bugs hanging out on it? The wisteria is just starting to bloom. A: I hate to destroy...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Few Flowers in 2013

Q: This year (2013) there were not very many white blossoms on any of my dogwoods. They are leafing out as normal. Should I worry about this lack of blossoms? A: You are not the first (or second or third)...

READ MORE

Self-Watering Bucket Garden

I am a lazy gardener. As such, I often find that I haven’t watered my garden nearly as often as I should. So when I saw plans for a self-watering bucket garden, I knew I had to try it. I...

READ MORE

Pine Cones – Why So Few

Q: I have several pine trees on our property. Some have pine cones… but others do not! The trees here are side by side. Can you explain the difference? A: Pine cones don’t all drop in the fall. In fact,...

READ MORE

Cumberland False Rosemary – Growing

Q: I inherited a Cumberland false rosemary planted in a large outdoor pot. Can this plant survive planted in the ground here? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) says Cumberland false rosemary, Conradina verticillata, naturally grows in sandy soil...

READ MORE

Dung Beetles – For Cleaning Up Dog Droppings

Q: Recently I saw a show on TV that described dung beetles. Since gardeners buy ladybugs to eat aphids, I wondered if it would be possible to buy dung beetles to clean up my dog run. A: Your question might...

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

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 – 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

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