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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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Timing and Choosing Pre-emergent Weed Preventers, Spring and Fall

Pre-emergents (weed preventers) are applied to the landscape to prevent seeds from germinating. The key is the timing. Pre-emergent herbicides MUST be applied BEFORE summer weeds (crabgrass, etc) seed germinate. In general, to get good summer weed control in Atlanta you should apply a pre-emergent on March 1. For winter...

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Walter’s Books Make Great Gifts!

Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas coming up, a gardener in your life would surely appreciate a book that describes exactly how to be successful. Consider giving a signed copy of one of Walter’s books! Click here to go to book sales...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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Plants for Pollinators

Many landscape plants depend on bees and other insects to move pollen from flower to flower. The insects don’t realize they are pollinating the plants they visit – they’re just looking for nectar in the flowers. You can help the flowering plants in your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly flower...

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  • Cleveland Pear Trees – Can I Replant In Late Spring?

    Q: Four of our fourteen Cleveland pear trees have been killed by ambrosia beetles. Can we replant this late in the spring?  A: You can plant trees now but let me urge you to plant something other than flowering pear....

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  • What Causes Blueberries to Bloom Early?

    Q: Every spring I find myself rushing out to put Christmas lights and blankets over my blueberry blooms to avoid them being damaged by a late winter freeze. What causes blueberries to bloom so early?  A: Blueberries are triggered to...

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  • Potato Plant Looks Melted After Freeze – What To Do?

    Q: My potatoes were eight inches high when the freeze came recently. The plants look melted. Will the potatoes below send more shoots or should I replant? A: The warm weather we had before the freeze kept soil temperatures pretty...

    READ MORE

  • Daffodil Bulbs Are Mushy

    Q: I had several clumps of daffodils that did not bloom this year. When I dug some of them to inspect, I found the bulbs very soft and mushy.  A: You were smart to dig them up to see what’s...

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  • Deer- Resistant Plants?

    Q: We recently planted some dwarf loropetalum and mahonia. We were told they were deer proof but the neighborhood deer ate them. We are looking at the following replacements: abelia, gardenia, camellia, osmanthus, and distylium. Any more? A: You’ve made...

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  • How Much Composted/Bagged Cow Manure To Use In A Vegetable Garden?

    Q: How much composted and bagged cow manure should I add to my vegetable garden before planting? A: Bagged cow manure contains very little nutrition for plants. And as for adding organic matter to your soil, there are better materials...

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  • Growing Eleagnus Shrubs?

    Q: I am planting eleagnus around my property. I found one with berries and seeds. Can I plant them and grow more shrubs?  A: Before you plant more eleagnus, consider that many people call it a noxious weed. I grant...

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  • Flowering Times Of Cherry Trees

    Q: You were talking on radio about the different flowering times of cherry trees. Can I get a list? A: Flowering cherry trees can give us blooms for at least two months in spring. Their flowering times overlap so there...

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  • Pine Tree Killed By Pine Beetles – What To Do With Stump?

    Q: What do you do with the stump once you remove a pine tree that has been killed by pine beetles?  A: Pine beetle attacks are not typically so low on a tree trunk as to infest the stump. I...

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  • How To Sample Root-Knot Nematodes Before Planting A Fig?

    Q: How do I sample for root-knot nematodes before planting a fig? A: Nematodes are tiny worms in the soil. Some species, like root knot nematode, harm plants by parasitizing roots. It is difficult to sample for nematodes before you...

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  • How To Get Rid Of Snails?

    Q: This past fall I noticed little snails crawling on my outdoor furniture. I think they are coming from the decaying mulch we put down last year. How do I get rid of the snails? A: Your snail population should...

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  • Dead Indian Hawthorn – What Should I Replace It With?

    Q: I have Indian hawthorn shrubs that have gotten scraggly and the leaves that are left have black spots on them. Any suggestions on what I should replace them with?  A: Why not different hawthorns? Indian hawthorn has beautiful white...

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  • How To Make Moles Move On?

    Q: I have moles currently making roadways in my yard. I’ve been told that they are not feeding off grubs but earthworms. How can I make the moles move on?  A: Moles certainly eat grubs and earthworms, but they also...

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  • Repel Rodents – Ultrasound Devices?

    Q: I need advice on ultrasound devices that repel rodents.  A: They are useless. The reason ultrasonic devices don’t repel animals, even though they can hear sounds we can’t, is that ultrasound does not pack much energy. A sofa, a...

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  • Looking For Liner To Keep Weeds Out Of Shrub Beds

    Q: I am looking for a liner that will keep weeds from growing up in my shrub beds that are mulched with wood shavings. I had someone line them last year but weeds were back before summer barely started.  A:...

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  • Local Suppliers of Plants?

    Q: Are there any local suppliers of native plants? A: Local nurseries sell a limited selection of native plants but four local operations specialize in natives. The first is Nearly Native Nursery near Fayetteville (nearlynativenursery.com). The second is the Georgia...

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  • Hawthorn – Leaf Spot

    Q: We have Indian hawthorn shrubs across the front of our house. They all look like this. I drove around the neighborhood and most of the other hawthorns look the same. Can we save them or must they be replaced?...

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  • Potato – Seed Pods

    Q: This is a stalk from my purple potato plant. In all my gardening years, I have never seen anything like these growing on the stalk above ground. What are they? A: They are potato seed pods! I’m sure you...

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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...

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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,...

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  • 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

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

    READ MORE

  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Cleveland Pear Trees – Can I Replant In Late Spring?

Q: Four of our fourteen Cleveland pear trees have been killed by ambrosia beetles. Can we replant this late in the spring?  A: You can plant trees now but let me urge you to plant something other than flowering pear....

READ MORE

What Causes Blueberries to Bloom Early?

Q: Every spring I find myself rushing out to put Christmas lights and blankets over my blueberry blooms to avoid them being damaged by a late winter freeze. What causes blueberries to bloom so early?  A: Blueberries are triggered to...

READ MORE

Potato Plant Looks Melted After Freeze – What To Do?

Q: My potatoes were eight inches high when the freeze came recently. The plants look melted. Will the potatoes below send more shoots or should I replant? A: The warm weather we had before the freeze kept soil temperatures pretty...

READ MORE

Daffodil Bulbs Are Mushy

Q: I had several clumps of daffodils that did not bloom this year. When I dug some of them to inspect, I found the bulbs very soft and mushy.  A: You were smart to dig them up to see what’s...

READ MORE

Deer- Resistant Plants?

Q: We recently planted some dwarf loropetalum and mahonia. We were told they were deer proof but the neighborhood deer ate them. We are looking at the following replacements: abelia, gardenia, camellia, osmanthus, and distylium. Any more? A: You’ve made...

READ MORE

How Much Composted/Bagged Cow Manure To Use In A Vegetable Garden?

Q: How much composted and bagged cow manure should I add to my vegetable garden before planting? A: Bagged cow manure contains very little nutrition for plants. And as for adding organic matter to your soil, there are better materials...

READ MORE

Growing Eleagnus Shrubs?

Q: I am planting eleagnus around my property. I found one with berries and seeds. Can I plant them and grow more shrubs?  A: Before you plant more eleagnus, consider that many people call it a noxious weed. I grant...

READ MORE

Flowering Times Of Cherry Trees

Q: You were talking on radio about the different flowering times of cherry trees. Can I get a list? A: Flowering cherry trees can give us blooms for at least two months in spring. Their flowering times overlap so there...

READ MORE

Pine Tree Killed By Pine Beetles – What To Do With Stump?

Q: What do you do with the stump once you remove a pine tree that has been killed by pine beetles?  A: Pine beetle attacks are not typically so low on a tree trunk as to infest the stump. I...

READ MORE

How To Sample Root-Knot Nematodes Before Planting A Fig?

Q: How do I sample for root-knot nematodes before planting a fig? A: Nematodes are tiny worms in the soil. Some species, like root knot nematode, harm plants by parasitizing roots. It is difficult to sample for nematodes before you...

READ MORE

How To Get Rid Of Snails?

Q: This past fall I noticed little snails crawling on my outdoor furniture. I think they are coming from the decaying mulch we put down last year. How do I get rid of the snails? A: Your snail population should...

READ MORE

Dead Indian Hawthorn – What Should I Replace It With?

Q: I have Indian hawthorn shrubs that have gotten scraggly and the leaves that are left have black spots on them. Any suggestions on what I should replace them with?  A: Why not different hawthorns? Indian hawthorn has beautiful white...

READ MORE

How To Make Moles Move On?

Q: I have moles currently making roadways in my yard. I’ve been told that they are not feeding off grubs but earthworms. How can I make the moles move on?  A: Moles certainly eat grubs and earthworms, but they also...

READ MORE

Repel Rodents – Ultrasound Devices?

Q: I need advice on ultrasound devices that repel rodents.  A: They are useless. The reason ultrasonic devices don’t repel animals, even though they can hear sounds we can’t, is that ultrasound does not pack much energy. A sofa, a...

READ MORE

Looking For Liner To Keep Weeds Out Of Shrub Beds

Q: I am looking for a liner that will keep weeds from growing up in my shrub beds that are mulched with wood shavings. I had someone line them last year but weeds were back before summer barely started.  A:...

READ MORE

Local Suppliers of Plants?

Q: Are there any local suppliers of native plants? A: Local nurseries sell a limited selection of native plants but four local operations specialize in natives. The first is Nearly Native Nursery near Fayetteville (nearlynativenursery.com). The second is the Georgia...

READ MORE

Hawthorn – Leaf Spot

Q: We have Indian hawthorn shrubs across the front of our house. They all look like this. I drove around the neighborhood and most of the other hawthorns look the same. Can we save them or must they be replaced?...

READ MORE

Potato – Seed Pods

Q: This is a stalk from my purple potato plant. In all my gardening years, I have never seen anything like these growing on the stalk above ground. What are they? A: They are potato seed pods! I’m sure you...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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