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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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“English Ivy Kills Trees” Sign – Who Places Them?

OK – my curiosity is killing me! Who puts up these signs at random spots around Atlanta? I’ve asked a number of arborists: No knowledge. I’ve posted it on Facebook; 21,000 people saw the post: lots of comments, but no answer. If you know, please email...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 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. In...

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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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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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Antique Garden Tools

When a friend pointed out a New York Times article (digital subscription required) about a museum show of antique garden tools, I was intrigued. When I realized that the owner of the tools, Mark Morrison, lived near where I intended...

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Dirt Can Make You Happy!

On my radio show, I exhort listeners to discover the happiness that gardening brings. Little did I know that certain bacteria in the soil are responsible! Following is a blog post by Naomi Sachs, of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network  ...

READ MORE

Hornet Nest – Near Bee Hives

Q: My husband is a beekeeper. A hornet colony has built a sizable nest on the back of our house. What makes it unique is that the nest is flush on a window and you can see inside the nest....

READ MORE

Tree Roots – Exposed

Q: Could you please tell me what is going on with my oak tree? The roots are next to a driveway. It’s very interesting looking into all the little cubby holes. Is this normal? A: This looks completely normal to...

READ MORE

Citrus Pollination – Seedlessness

Q: Why do some oranges and citrus have seeds and other do not? A: I’m not sure I can explain it in simple terms but this paper has the details you want. Citrus Sex, Seedlessness and New...

READ MORE

Majesty Palm – Scale Insects

Q: We have a majesty palm at work that was purchased six months ago and it constantly gets brown leaves. It has new growth, but they always seem to die off fairly quickly. It gets watered 1 2 times a...

READ MORE

Mud Dauber (Dirt dauber) – Buzzing Sound

Q: How does the mud dauber make the buzzing sound when nest building? The wings do not appear to move. Paul Cain, email A: Mud daubers do indeed make a buzzing sound when they are working. I’ve noticed it when...

READ MORE

Tree – Where to Irrigate

Q: My husband and I argue so much about this subject that we might be headed to divorce court! We have grown a pin oak for 20 years, although it still has a small canopy. Should I irrigate further out...

READ MORE

Lithia Springs – History

I recently visited the grand old Mohonk Mountain House resort in the Hudson River valley of upstate New York. It reminded me of another grand resort in Georgia that was built around the “lithium springs” near Douglasville. The town of...

READ MORE

Green Stinkbug Nymph – Identification

Q: I planted some fruit bushes this year at my home in upstate New York. I found a handful of the attached beetles on my Blackberry plant. Any idea of what this beetle is? A: It’s a green stinkbug nymph....

READ MORE

Lamb’s Ear (Rose Campion, Artemisia) – Diseased

Q: We went out of town for a few days and returned to find several of my lamb’s ears, rose campion, and artemesia severely afflicted! Is it a fungus? A: Yes, it’s a fungus and it’s all a result of...

READ MORE

Sassafras – Hard to Control Root Sprouts

Q: Over the last six months, I have made great strides at developing our landscape. However, for the past two years during the spring and summer, I have had hundreds of unidentified saplings uncontrollably sprouting in my front yard. Can...

READ MORE

Pramitol – Leaves Dead Spots

Q: I wanted to kill some stubborn weeds, so I used “Pramitol Control of Weeds” and this is the results. Now nothing will grow in those spots! A: Well, at least you have no more weeds! Pramitol is a soil...

READ MORE

Longleaf Pine – Identification

Q: We moved into our home a few months ago and found what looked like a small clump of green grass surrounded by string, as though someone was trying to protect it. This year, it has taken off and looks...

READ MORE

Orange Oil – For Poison Ivy

Q: Could you please tell me where I can purchase horticultural grade orange oil? The AJC ran an article written by horticulturist Trisha Shirey of Dallas Tx. She says to mix orange oil with pickling vinegar and dish soap for...

READ MORE

Armadillo – Pet

Q: This is my pet armadillo. We named her Arma and she hung around for about 3 years. Very sweet and would talk when I talked to her. She had no fear of my Great Dane or my Miniature Horse....

READ MORE

Walnut Leaves – In Compost

Q: I read recently about walnut toxicity. There is a black walnut tree twenty feet from my garden and some of the leaves are in my compost, maybe 5% – 10%. Will I be able to use it in my...

READ MORE

Armadillo – Control With Electric Fence

Armadillos Outwitted!! by Harold Baker Some people think armadillos are stupid but they simply have extremely poor eyesight. If they are devastating your rose garden, as they were ours,you will find them to be a formidable adversary. Each night they...

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

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...

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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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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 – 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

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...

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