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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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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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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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  • Sowthistle – Control

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  • Meyer Lemon – Hand Pollination

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  • Plum, Peach, Nectarine – Black Knot Disease

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  • Sweet Potato – Wireworm Damage

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  • Camellia – Three Colors on Same Bush

    Q: I would like to buy a camellia that looks like this one I found online. A: My camellia guru Mark Crawford, owner of Loch Laurel Camellia Nursery in Valdosta says: “This could only be done by grafting to 3...

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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...

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  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Wild Lettuce (Prickly Lettuce) – Control

It looks like dandelion leaves at first…..but it makes a tall stem. What could this be? It’s wild lettuce…..and it’s edible! You can dig the long taproot with a dandelion fork (click for sources)  or uproot it with a Water...

READ MORE

Sowthistle – Control

The spiny leaves make this weed easy to spot. Fortunately, spiny sowthistle is easy to control. You can dig the long taproot with a dandelion fork (click for sources)  or uproot it with a Water Weeder. A spot spray of...

READ MORE

Peach – Shortening a Tall One

Q: Your web site says that peach trees should be pruned to about 6 ft. tall. I have never done that and my peach trees are 12′ to 15′ tall. Can I cut my peach trees back to 6′ at...

READ MORE

Fig – Removing Vigorous Small Twigs

Q: We pruned our fig severely two years ago and left only three big trunks. It came back somewhat the next year with lots of sprouts from the roots. We removed some of them and now we need to prune...

READ MORE

Carpenter Bee Control – Bug-a-Salt Gun

If you fancy yourself a prospective big game hunter, why not start small…..hunting carpenter bees? The Bug-a-Salt (click here for sources) is an air gun that uses table salt to kill small insects.  (One wag says you can also use...

READ MORE

Dandelion – Control

My young friend Ayana and I recently spent several minutes making a bouquet of dandelion flowers and blowing on the seedheads of those already bloomed. Although the flowers are bright and distinctive, some folks would rather not have this plant...

READ MORE

Organic Insecticides

A hammer or a quick slap will kill an insect, but how do you control lots of them in your garden? My father paid me a quarter to hand-pick potato bugs in our garden but there is currently a shortage...

READ MORE

Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer...

READ MORE

Meyer Lemon – Hand Pollination

Q: I had a dozen lemons the first summer I had this tree. Last year in winter it had a few blooms every few days but they fell off quickly and were small. It also lost a lot of leaves....

READ MORE

Plum, Peach, Nectarine – Black Knot Disease

Q: We have a fruit cocktail tree, bearing plum, peach and nectarine fruit, planted five years ago. It blossomed and had some fruit but the fruit developed a gum-looking disease and eventually fell off. A good number of branches on...

READ MORE

Sweet Potato – Wireworm Damage

Q: Could you tell me what is eating on my sweet potatoes every year? A: The creatures in question are millipedes but I think they are just enjoying the damage done originally by wireworms. Wireworm control is difficult. One tip...

READ MORE

Camellia – Three Colors on Same Bush

Q: I would like to buy a camellia that looks like this one I found online. A: My camellia guru Mark Crawford, owner of Loch Laurel Camellia Nursery in Valdosta says: “This could only be done by grafting to 3...

READ MORE

Raised Beds – Filling

Q: I have built some raised garden beds that will need to be back filled before I can put garden soil in. The max depth of the bed is 20 inches. The minimum depth is about 10 inches. How deep...

READ MORE

Shrub – Rejuvenate

Q: I have a gardenia that is forty years old. The past two or so years it has been putting out small leaves and losing branches and only producing a few flowers. Do you have any advice for me? A:...

READ MORE

Wood Chips – Free

Q: You mentioned on your radio program that it was easy to obtain free wood chips. Whom would I contact? A: Most arborist companies (www.georgiaarborist.org) will deliver them free. If you ask nicely, they will be on the lookout for...

READ MORE

‘Okame’ Cherry – Pink Flowers in Early Spring

Q: What are the pink flowering trees that start blooming in late February? The flowers are small. A: I’ll bet you’re seeing ‘Okame’ cherry. The small flowers are Pepto-Bismol pink and they blanket trees in early spring. It just takes...

READ MORE

Aphids – On Indoor Citrus Tree

Q: Are these spider mites? Or baby assassin bugs? Or baby cave crickets? There appears to be at least two different kinds of critters here. I spray my citrus trees with insecticidal soap every other week. A: The white things...

READ MORE

Oak – Mushrooms on Trunk

Q: There is a fungus growing on our old oak tree. It stands only about 20 feet from our two story ranch and is about two and one half times the height of the house. A: The tree was likely...

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 (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

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

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 – 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

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

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