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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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  • Banana – Trimming in Winter

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Nandina – Poisonous to Cedar Waxwings

Q: Did you know that nandina berries are poisonous to cedar waxwings? A: A recent observation of mass death among cedar waxwings was followed by a veterinary necropsy. The doctors found huge amounts of nandina berries in the cedar waxwing...

READ MORE

Banana – Trimming in Winter

Q: With the mild winter we had, I never felt the need to cut my banana trees back. I have 4 stalks about 6′ tall that are now sprouting leaves. I did trim off the dead leaves to clean them...

READ MORE

Walkingstick Kale – Identification

Q: We saw an amazing garden in France at a chateau. Could you tell me what is the tall plant with large leaves? A: Vegetable expert Daryl Pulis (www.mrsgreenthumb.com) says it’s walking stick kale, Brassica oleracea var. longata, also known...

READ MORE

Rats – Eating Pansies

Q: I have pansies in a planter on my deck about 4 feet off the ground. The plants kept disappearing overnight so I placed my game camera nearby. I put some cut off celery leaf tops and broccoli flowerets as...

READ MORE

Plants for Soggy Shade

Q: I have absolutely no lawn or plant experience. My unit is a corner of the building. The north side gets no direct sunlight and the east side has sun in the morning. For some reason the soil around the...

READ MORE

Evergreen Tree – Pruning

Q: I planted these trees years ago to serve as a border between our house and our neighbor. They have grown to be a little wider than I had anticipated. Would it hurt them to cut them back so that...

READ MORE

Alabama Jumper Earthworms – Not Recommended

Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

READ MORE

Hummingbirds – Plants For Attracting

Few creatures in the landscape are as exciting as a hummingbird. The mysterious hum, the darting back and forth, the tiny size all make the bird a thrill to watch. If you want more hummingbirds in your landscape, plant some...

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Positive Characteristics

Q: I saw the posting about your aggravation with sweetgum trees. They have three other rather aggravating traits. The green balls are formidable projectiles when encountered by a lawn mower. The wood is almost impossible to split and then it...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Longhorn Borer – In Maple

Q: This grub and small ants are in the crotch of my large maple tree. What type of grub is it? How should I treat it? A: This is one of the many bark borers that afflict trees. It may...

READ MORE

Liriope – Crown Rot in Drain Area

Q: We used to have a full, strong area of Liriope in our front yard. Beginning last year we began to see indications of the growth dying and patches showing up. The grass itself appears to have lost strength and...

READ MORE

Citrus Trees – In McDonough

Q: I have four orange trees in McDonough. The three trees by the driveway are about 18′. I have pruned the other one to about 12′. A: Wow! Due to the egg-shape of the fruit and the plants’ cold-hardiness, I...

READ MORE

Okra – Pruning

Q: I have always wanted to plant some okra. I once visited a vegetable farm where the farmer was pruning his okra. It looked as it was setting the pods closer together with this practice and was much easier to...

READ MORE

Bradford Pear – Is Topping OK?

Q: I have two mature Bradford pear trees on my property and they have always been very large. Each tree has several limbs growing from the base and the tree height is above the street light in our neighborhood. I’m...

READ MORE

Daffodil ‘Telamonius Plenus’ – Identification

Q: We moved some “buttercups,” as my mother-in-law used to call them, from the family farm in Tennessee to our home in Kennesaw. We have never seen one like this! We’d love to know what it might be. A: Jaydee...

READ MORE

Garden Success with Sweet Repeat Raspberry

I love getting garden success stories! Ernie F. Has a good one: I would like to share with you the success I’ve had in only one season with the Sweet Repeat raspberry, a new introduction from N.C.. I live in...

READ MORE

Bloodworms – In Pond

Q: I have a small pond. The pump stopped running and when I checked, the filter was completely full of disgusting leeches. They look similar to earthworms with flattened “heads”. When I opened up the filter, several “grabbed” my fingers...

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