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Azalea Lacebug – Control

You may have seen the damage lace bugs do to azaleas without knowing who did the dirty deed. Lace bugs suck the juice out of individual leaf cells. Since they hide underneath azalea leaves, you’ll never notice the bugs but it’s easy to see their damage. Since the bugs slurp...

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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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  • “Piggies” Plants From My Childhood?

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Small Seedlings Around Lenten Roses

Q: I have dozens of small seedlings around my Lenten roses. What do I do now? A: Transplant the seedlings into a semi-shaded “nurse” bed, just a few inches apart. Fertilize in late May with a controlled release fertilizer (Osmocote,...

READ MORE

Do Roots Grow After Pine Tree Is Cut Down?

Q: When a pine tree is cut down do the roots keep growing?  A: They do not. Without the sugar energy coming down from needles or leaves, tree roots don’t have any way to elongate. In addition, plant hormones that...

READ MORE

Black Under Zoysia Grass

Q: My lawn guy said that my grass needs to be scalped to keep it “healthy”. Underneath the dead grass there’s a lot of black. My zoysia grass has been around for decades and it’s very, very thick.  A: The...

READ MORE

Bluebirds Stopped Coming To Their House

Q: We setup a bluebird house in our rain garden. White-breasted nuthatchs went in and out for a few days. Then the bluebirds showed up. Today the nuthatch is going in and out. Did the bluebirds just give up? Is...

READ MORE

Vines To Cover Up A Log Pile

Q: I have a pile of fresh logs in an inaccessible ravine on my property. However, it can be seen from the street. What vines do you recommend to cover this so it’s not an eyesore?  A: Four vines immediately...

READ MORE

Is Golden Jackpot Barberry Invasive Here?

Q: Is the Golden Jackpot barberry invasive here? A: It is hard to know. Japanese barberry is very invasive in some parts of the country, like New England, but does not seem to be as vigorous in the Southeast. Yellow-leafed...

READ MORE

Differences Between 34-10-10 And 3-4-3 Fertilizer

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (3-4-3)?  A: As you know, fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals together. These chemicals supply the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that plants...

READ MORE

Sticky Stuff On Hemlock Trees

Q: I have a white, sticky substance on my hemlock trees up at Lake Burton. Any advice would be appreciated.  A: It’s very likely you are seeing hemlock adelgid insects. These sap sucking creatures have killed thousands of hemlocks in...

READ MORE

Crabgrass Pre-Emergent Shelf Life

Q: Does crabgrass pre-emergent have a shelf life while stored in a bag? A: As long as the product is kept dry and away from temperature extremes, pre-emergents will be effective for at least three...

READ MORE

“Piggies” Plants From My Childhood?

Q: As a kid, we would hunt what we called “piggies” in the woods. As I remember, the leaves were sort of heart-shaped and when we found them we would bend away the leaves so the little piggies could be...

READ MORE

Opinion On Hydroponic Gardening?

Q: What is your opinion on hydroponic gardening? A: Hydroponic gardening is lots of fun as a hobby but it’s lots of work as a business. There are several methods of suspending plant roots in nutrient-filled water. You’ll be astonished...

READ MORE

When To Plant Tomatoes And Peppers

Q: I know it’s customary to wait until mid-April to plant my tomatoes and peppers, but I’m getting antsy. Given the mild winter we’ve had, do you think it would be okay to go ahead or should I hold my...

READ MORE

Chickweed In My Lawn

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

READ MORE

White Grubs In Mondo Grass

Q: I was replacing my dying mondo grass and as I planted the first one I found a white grub. Could that be the cause of my plants dying?  A: White grubs, which eventually turn into various spring and summer...

READ MORE

Pot has clogged drain hole

Q: I have some beautiful potted woodland ferns on my patio. They range in age from about 5 to 20 years old. They have all grown full this spring, but now on one plant all the fronds are wilting and...

READ MORE

Tree healing after wound

Q: Can you please tell us what is going on with our tree? Most of that bump is hard as a rock but some of the edges are crumbly. A: Your Japanese maple suffered an injury that caused internal trunk...

READ MORE

Arborvitae dry roots and proper planting

Q: Can you identify what’s killing my Emerald Green arborvitae trees? The trees would first get small patches of gray/brown needles. Then, the browning spreads until it consumes the tree. Can you identify what is causing this issue? A: It...

READ MORE

Peach leaf curl with red, puckered leaves

Q: Why are the leaves of my peach tree so red and puckered? The fruit seems to be affected too. A: This is peach leaf curl. It is a fungus that loves rainy spring weather. Best way to control it...

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

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

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

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

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 – 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

Squash/Pumpkin/Cucumber/Watermelon Cross-Pollination – Explanation

I frequently receive from gardeners pictures of crazy-looking squash, cucumbers and gourds. Typically the plants  sprouted in a compost pile, from discarded fruit of the past year. The gardeners suspect cross-pollination is to blame for the odd shapes and they...

READ MORE