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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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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

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Q: I planted two Ruby Slipper hydrangeas in one pot when they were small. They grew a whole lot faster than I had anticipated. I need to separate them but they are close together and I am afraid of damaging...

READ MORE

Bermuda Lawn – Mow in December?

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READ MORE

Moss Lawn – Growing

Q: I’ve read about planting moss lawns, but can’t find anyone in Atlanta that knows about it. I have a very large tree in my front yard that doesn’t allow for grass growing. A: Having a moss lawn is tempting...

READ MORE

Sichuan Peppercorns – Grow in Georgia

Q: I would like to know if Sichuan peppercorns could be grown in Georgia. A: Sichuan pepper comes from trees native to Asia whose seeds are used in food to produce a mouth-numbing, tickling sensation. I’ve enjoyed it at local...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Best to Selectively Prune

Q: I notice that most crape myrtle trees are topped and pruned. Is that how they should be done or would selective pruning be a better alternative? A: Selective pruning is much better for the health of the plant. Although...

READ MORE

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READ MORE

Sichuan peppercorns – Grow in Georgia?

Q: I would like to know if Sichuan peppercorns could be grown in Georgia. A: Sichuan pepper is a tree, native to Asia, whose seeds are used in food to give a mouth-numbing, tickling sensation. I’ve enjoyed it at local...

READ MORE

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

Cotton Seed Meal – On Blueberries

Q: I found some cotton seed meal to put around my blueberries. When and how much should I use? Should I use 10-10-10 on them too? A: One of the great things about using organic fertilizers like cottonseed meal is...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip – 2014

As you know, I’ve led groups on people-to-people trips to Cuba in 2012 and 2013. There’s been so much interest in these trips (plus my own fascination with the country) that I’ve decided to go again in 2014. The dates...

READ MORE

Grape – Tube Gall

Q: I found this growing on a wild grapevine off my deck in late summer at my cabin in Rabun Gap. Very curious looking spikes. A: They are grape tube galls. They are caused by a small flying insect called...

READ MORE

Podocarpus – Fruit

Q: I recently found these pods on a tree in Marietta and would love to know their origin. The fruit/pod are dark purplish black and spongy and then this glorious green grape at the end. Fascinating! A: My friend Shannon...

READ MORE

Squash – Bumpy Skin

Q: This summer I had knobby squash. I know what old squash looks like. These are immature in size, young, not very fat, but the skin looks like we waited too long to pick it. Why? A: This looks like...

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

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READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

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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