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Rose – Black Spot Control

  I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best way to avoid black spot is to plant disease-resistant roses. Earth-kind(tm) roses, promoted by...

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Azalea and Camellia – Leaf Gall

Q: The leaves on the ends of some of my camellia branches are swollen and thicker than the rest of the leaves. They are also lighter green. I’ve seen this on azaleas but not on camellias. Is it the same thing? A: It is indeed the same disease: camellia (or...

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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 their landscapes. Wade is certainly familiar with several of the...

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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, identify your weed, then choose your method of weed control....

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I’m retiring from radio (mostly)

January 4, 2020 Three months ago somebody lightheartedly asked me “When are you ever going to retire from radio” I have been asked this many times before. You know that I already retired once from the University of GA after 30 years there. And I’ve always said “Why would I...

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  • When Can I Plant The Bulbs Of My Yellow Tulips?

    Q: Someone gave me blooming yellow tulips in a pot for Christmas. They have stopped blooming and shed the petals. When can I plant the bulbs?  A: I don’t have much hope your gift tulips will ever bloom again. The...

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  • How Do Plants Adsorb Fertilizer?

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  • How Rare Are Asparagus Spears In January?

    Q: We enjoyed two asparagus spears from our plant back in January. How rare is this? A: Soil temperature is the main trigger for asparagus spear production. Perhaps a root was growing shallowly and became warm enough to send up...

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  • My Paperbush Flowers Were Very Small This Year

    Q: My paperbush (Edgeworthia) flowers were very small this year. I think the cause was the long, hot, dry summer at a time when they usually set their flowers for winter.  A: I think the problem was caused by cold,...

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  • Deer Have Chewed Up My Azaleas

    Q: Deer have left my azaleas alone for thirty years but this year a young buck has completely defoliated my plants. What should I do with them now?  A: Deer have incisor teeth in their lower jaw but not in...

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  • How To Get Rid Of Wild Onions?

    Q: Do you know of anything to get rid of wild onions except pulling them out?  A: Hand-pulling wild onion/wild garlic has the disadvantage of leaving in the soil the bulbs that don’t currently have leaves. The herbicide imazaquin (Image...

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  • Can I Bring My Elephant Ears Inside?

    Q: I have elephant ears that flower every year for me. I love their sweet smell. Can I bring them inside? I was told by a friend that they smell horrible once cut.  A: You possibly have fragrant elephant ear,...

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  • When To Prune Butterfly Bushes?

    Q: We have some lovely butterfly bushes that are getting too big for their space. When is the best month to prune them back?  A: Butterfly bush responds very well to yearly pruning in the winter. Blooms on this shrub...

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  • Should I Top My Pine Tree?

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  • When Do Meyer Lemons Bloom?

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  • Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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  • Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

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Cats Use Beds As Litter Box – Should I Replace Soil?

Q: I have several raised beds where I grow vegetables. Stray cats like to use my beds as their litter box. Do you think I should replace the soil before I plant in spring.  A: I am not a veterinarian...

READ MORE

When Can I Plant The Bulbs Of My Yellow Tulips?

Q: Someone gave me blooming yellow tulips in a pot for Christmas. They have stopped blooming and shed the petals. When can I plant the bulbs?  A: I don’t have much hope your gift tulips will ever bloom again. The...

READ MORE

When To Cut Back Grasses That Get A Few Inches High?

Q: Should grasses that only get a few inches high, like blue fescue and carex, be cut back before new spring growth? Would now be a good time?  A: Unlike big grasses, such as pampas grass and maiden grass, the...

READ MORE

How Do Plants Adsorb Fertilizer?

Q: When you spray plants with liquid fertilizer do the plants absorb it through the leaves or the soil or both?  A: Indeed plants can absorb nutrients through their leaves, but not enough of the major nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium)...

READ MORE

How To Sow Dutch White Clover?

Q: My wife wants to sow Dutch white clover to help the pollinators at our cabin. Can you give guidance on how to prepare a lot for growing such?  A: Before World War II, clover was commonly mixed with fescue...

READ MORE

How Far Should Trees Be Separated From Pines To Avoid Damage By Juglone?

Q: I have some loblolly pine acreage with an easement road down the middle. I‘m considering planting black walnut trees on both sides of the road for my grandchildren to sell the lumber and for wildlife. How far should the...

READ MORE

How Rare Are Asparagus Spears In January?

Q: We enjoyed two asparagus spears from our plant back in January. How rare is this? A: Soil temperature is the main trigger for asparagus spear production. Perhaps a root was growing shallowly and became warm enough to send up...

READ MORE

Are The Increasing Soil Temperatures Disrupting Pre-Emergent Schedule?

Q: Are the increased soil temperatures the last few weeks disrupting the schedule for applying pre-emergent to lawns?  A: You are very observant! Crabgrass seedlings emerge when soil temperatures hit 55 degrees for a few days and the trend is...

READ MORE

My Paperbush Flowers Were Very Small This Year

Q: My paperbush (Edgeworthia) flowers were very small this year. I think the cause was the long, hot, dry summer at a time when they usually set their flowers for winter.  A: I think the problem was caused by cold,...

READ MORE

Deer Have Chewed Up My Azaleas

Q: Deer have left my azaleas alone for thirty years but this year a young buck has completely defoliated my plants. What should I do with them now?  A: Deer have incisor teeth in their lower jaw but not in...

READ MORE

How To Get Rid Of Wild Onions?

Q: Do you know of anything to get rid of wild onions except pulling them out?  A: Hand-pulling wild onion/wild garlic has the disadvantage of leaving in the soil the bulbs that don’t currently have leaves. The herbicide imazaquin (Image...

READ MORE

Can I Bring My Elephant Ears Inside?

Q: I have elephant ears that flower every year for me. I love their sweet smell. Can I bring them inside? I was told by a friend that they smell horrible once cut.  A: You possibly have fragrant elephant ear,...

READ MORE

When To Prune Butterfly Bushes?

Q: We have some lovely butterfly bushes that are getting too big for their space. When is the best month to prune them back?  A: Butterfly bush responds very well to yearly pruning in the winter. Blooms on this shrub...

READ MORE

Thoughts On Organic Pesticides/Fertilizers

Q: What are your thoughts on organic pesticides, and fertilizers? Do they work as well as non-organic? A: Organic pesticides can be as good as, or better than, conventional pesticides. It all depends on the pest being controlled. I have...

READ MORE

Should I Top My Pine Tree?

Q: What would happen if I topped my twenty-foot-tall pine trees?  A: If you cut off the top of any tree, eventually a small nearby limb will begin veering upward toward the sun to make a new trunk. This might...

READ MORE

Cottony White Fuzzy Stuff On Houseplant Stems

Q: What could be the cottony white fuzzy stuff on my houseplant stems? How do I get rid of it?  A: It’s very likely your plants are infested with mealy bugs. They are kin to scale insects and both suck...

READ MORE

Good Fruit Trees For Georgia?

Q: I am new to Georgia and am interested in planting a few fruit trees in my back yard. I’d like rare but hardy ones. Any suggestions?  A: “Rare” and “hardy” may not be possible. If a fruit tree is...

READ MORE

When Do Meyer Lemons Bloom?

Q: My Meyer lemon has about ten blooms starting to form. Is January the normal time?  A: It is behaving normally. Mine has bloomed indoors in January as well as outdoors in May depending on the weather conditions. When a...

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

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

Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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

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

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

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

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

Lawn – Choosing the Best Grass

The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

READ MORE

Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn but March -April is also a possibility.  I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what...

READ MORE