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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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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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Grassology Grass – Growing in Georgia

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READ MORE

Goji Berry – Growing

Q: What do you know about growing goji berries? A: I have a plant in my backyard but it’s only been there for a year so  I have not had enough experience to judge yet. I found these two references,...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Narrow Stripes of Dead Grass

Q: We have a Zeon zoysia lawn and I am stumped.These start out with one blackish spot and then about 24 hours later we have a STRAIGHT brown strip. We have tried various fungus stuff but nothing touches it. A...

READ MORE

Tomato – Catfacing

Q: My Brandywine tomatoes look like some kind of mutants. The plant started off looking very healthy and was mulched and fertilized as I have always done. The first tomato harvested looked ok but did not have a good taste...

READ MORE

Pre-emergent – Inhibit Thin Bermudagrass?

Q: When the label on a pre-emergent bag says it will prevent seeds from growing does that also mean it will keep bermudagrass from spreading into bare areas? A: Common pre-emergent herbicides labeled for use in turfgrass areas include benefin,...

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Microgreens – Growing

What a great indoor spring project: grow microgreens as we wait for spring to arrive. These are seeds of different types of plants that we sprout indoors to add to salads, sandwiches, and what we cook to give us fresh-picked...

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Callery Pear – Sprouting from Asian Pear

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Clematis – Best Ones for Georgia

When you want the best plant, it’s great to have a local expert. Lyndy Broder is an internationally known clematis expert in Georgia. She recommends the following: C. ‘Arabella’ (integrifolia) blue-mauve, blooms April-Sept., use trailing on the ground C. ‘Betty...

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READ MORE

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Q: I bought an old farm and I found a peach tree. I have removed the vines on it. I did find peach pits all on the ground so I hope it will still produce. Do you have any advice...

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In early 2014 “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” changed from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 am  to  6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. To offset this loss of air-time, the station began recording and posting podcasts of the show,...

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Spring Fertilizer and Pre-emergent Application – This Year It’s Different

The cold weather of January 2014 may have made significant damage on bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass lawns. Though these grasses usually tolerate winter cold in the metro Atlanta area, all can suffer if temperatures drop low enough for long...

READ MORE

Redneck Valentine’s Day Poem

If you forgot the holiday, there’s still hope! Give your beloved this poem….better yet, read it out loud! Redneck Ode on Valentines Day An excerpt: Me ‘n’ you’s like a Moon Pie With a RC cold drank, We go together...

READ MORE

Winter 2014 – Recovery and Prognosis

With multiple bouts of sub-10 degree cold, the winter of 2014 will teach us all some lessons about how hardy our plants REALLY are. I’m wondering how my St. Augustine lawn will fare. How about my daphne and Carolina jessamine...

READ MORE

Camellia Flowers – Frozen?

Q: After the extreme cold of 2014, how can I tell which flower buds on my camellia are frozen and which are not? A: A few days after the cold, frozen buds will be brown at the tip and will...

READ MORE

Pepper – Green Growth Inside

Q: What in the world are these green things growing inside my green (red) pepper? A: It may look yucky, but what you’re seeing is a not uncommon internal proliferation. It’s especially common in peppers that are picked unripe and...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress – Pruning Overgrown

Q: Against my landscapers opinion I had him install about a dozen Leyland Cypress trees along the side of my house. He advised that they grew like weeds and would be hard to control. Was he ever right. Can you...

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...

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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