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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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  • Blueberry – Best Planting Tips

    Q: My neighbor is giving me fifteen of her blueberry bushes. I’m moving them from a partial shade area to a full sun area. When is the best time to move them? A: Now is a great time! I have...

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  • Cold Damage – Wait To Determine

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  • Amaryllis – Needs Light to Bloom

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  • Cryptomeria “Flowers” – Identification

    Q: Can you tell me what these gray tips on my cryptomeria mean? Are they symptoms of disease? A: The gray things are the “male” flowers, which once gave pollen to the round brown cones. The gray ones are from...

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  • Bermudagrass Mite – Identification

    Q: Doing my research, I think this is bermuda mite damage. Am I correct? A: You are exactly correct! Bermudagrass mites attack the ends of bermudagrass stems and cause the classic brooming you see. The good news is that good...

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  • Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum) – Identification

    Q: We have had this vine pop up all over the place on the side of our house. Any idea if it’s friend or foe? A: FOE! Your plant is Japanese knotweed, Polygonum compactum, and it will quickly spread to...

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  • Moss Lawn – Pre-emergent Use

    Q: After this year’s rains, we have lovely moss lawn. Can you recommend a pre-emergent we could use that would be unfriendly to potential weed growth but not harm the moss? A: Pre-emergents are chemicals that prevent seeds from germinating....

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  • Seedless Raspberry – Finding

    Q: I have searched the internet looking for a variety of raspberry plant that is seedless. Does such a variety exist? A: There are dozens of raspberry varieties on the market. Most are hybrids of the hundreds of members of...

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  • Crabapple – Pruning Above Trunk Damage

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  • Orchid – Leaves on Stem (Keiki)

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  • Fox – Control

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  • Poison Ivy Oil – How Long is it Potent?

    Copied from http://mailman.cloudnet.com/pipermail/compost/2000-April/006688.html A couple of weeks ago, Sharon Barnes asked a question on this listserv about the fate of poison ivy during composting. I found the question intriquing so I decided to use it for the BioCycle Q&A column....

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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  • 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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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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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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  • 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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Ferns – Pre-emergent to Control Weeds

Q: I have assorted native ferns in my landscape. It’s beautiful until June when weeds start to overgrow them. Can I put down pre-emergent weed control without hurting the ferns? A: I don’t think pre-emergents have been tested on ferns....

READ MORE

Blueberry – Best Planting Tips

Q: My neighbor is giving me fifteen of her blueberry bushes. I’m moving them from a partial shade area to a full sun area. When is the best time to move them? A: Now is a great time! I have...

READ MORE

Cold Damage – Wait To Determine

Q: My mock orange plants are a bit brown after the big freeze. What should I do now, if anything? A: (written after 6 degree cold in 2014) All you can do is wait. On several shrubs (Indica azalea, pittosporum,...

READ MORE

Nicotine – To Control Pests

Q: I read that dried tobacco is good to keep pests away from various other plants. I assumed the articles were referring to regular tobacco but I have discovered that there is a flowering tobacco grown as a decorative and...

READ MORE

Amaryllis – Needs Light to Bloom

Q: For the past two holiday seasons I’ve received amaryllis bulbs. After the two bloomed last January, I cut off the stems and placed them in a metal cabinet in the garage. I brought them back inside about early November...

READ MORE

Careers in Horticulture

Want to know more about the science of producing nutritious food for the body? Love the art of creating beautiful landscapes to sooth the soul? Feel like the great outdoors is the only office for you? Horticulture has a career...

READ MORE

Where to Get Horticulture Training

Several Georgia institutions of higher learning offer courses in horticulture. For more information, visit: University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science – Department of Horticulture Chattahoochee Technical College Gwinnett Tech Lanier Tech Southern Crescent Technical...

READ MORE

Cryptomeria “Flowers” – Identification

Q: Can you tell me what these gray tips on my cryptomeria mean? Are they symptoms of disease? A: The gray things are the “male” flowers, which once gave pollen to the round brown cones. The gray ones are from...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass Mite – Identification

Q: Doing my research, I think this is bermuda mite damage. Am I correct? A: You are exactly correct! Bermudagrass mites attack the ends of bermudagrass stems and cause the classic brooming you see. The good news is that good...

READ MORE

Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum) – Identification

Q: We have had this vine pop up all over the place on the side of our house. Any idea if it’s friend or foe? A: FOE! Your plant is Japanese knotweed, Polygonum compactum, and it will quickly spread to...

READ MORE

Moss Lawn – Pre-emergent Use

Q: After this year’s rains, we have lovely moss lawn. Can you recommend a pre-emergent we could use that would be unfriendly to potential weed growth but not harm the moss? A: Pre-emergents are chemicals that prevent seeds from germinating....

READ MORE

Seedless Raspberry – Finding

Q: I have searched the internet looking for a variety of raspberry plant that is seedless. Does such a variety exist? A: There are dozens of raspberry varieties on the market. Most are hybrids of the hundreds of members of...

READ MORE

Crabapple – Pruning Above Trunk Damage

Q: My crabapple tree has a big rotten hole in the trunk where a limb broke off. The tree is about 2″ DBH and about 15-20 feet tall. Should we go ahead and cut the tree just below the hole?...

READ MORE

Orchid – Leaves on Stem (Keiki)

Q: Is my orchid having a baby or what? A: You have a keiki! This is a Hawaiian word meaning “child” or “baby”. Yours isn’t quite old enough to remove from the mother orchid. Keep your plant in bright diffuse...

READ MORE

Fox – Control

Q: Over the past couple of years, foxes have multiplied and are now residing all over our neighborhood: under porches, under sheds, etc.. We find carcasses of their prey in our yard continually. What to do? A: Like coyotes, foxes...

READ MORE

Trumpet Vine – Madame Rosy

Q: We have an arbor that is eight feet tall and sixteen feet long. We want a perennial vine with bright flowers that will attract hummingbirds and that will bloom a long time. Would a Madame Rosy trumpet creeper be...

READ MORE

Blackberry vs Dewberry

Q: What is the difference between a blackberry and a dewberry? A: They are both members of the Rubus genus, along with hundreds of other species. Dewberry is a trailing vine, not a high arching shrub like blackberry. Gardeners have...

READ MORE

Poison Ivy Oil – How Long is it Potent?

Copied from http://mailman.cloudnet.com/pipermail/compost/2000-April/006688.html A couple of weeks ago, Sharon Barnes asked a question on this listserv about the fate of poison ivy during composting. I found the question intriquing so I decided to use it for the BioCycle Q&A column....

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