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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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Japanese Climbing Fern

Q: I found an odd vine growing in the neglected landscape of a small office building in Buckhead. Is this Japanese climbing fern? A: You’re exactly right! This invasive vine can smother nearby perennials. I suspect it is brought into...

READ MORE

Tomato – Splitting

Q: I have two tomato plants in 24 inch pots. They are doing very well but 75 percent of the fruit is split at the top near the stem. Is there any solution for this? A: Fluctuations in soil moisture...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Prostrate Spruge

Q: My centipede lawn is being taken over by prostrate spurge. I know I should have put out pre-emergent, but is there anything I can do besides wait for it all to die? A: Prostrate spurge has wiry stems, a...

READ MORE

Lawn – Armyworms

Q: My back lawn was recently infested with army worms. I was out of town and didn’t notice it until it was too late. I sprayed B.t. and now they appear to be gone. Is it okay for me to...

READ MORE

Yoshino Cherry – Roundup

Q: My Yoshino cherry is sending up new shoots from its roots. My landscaper has been spraying them with Roundup. He says that this will not kill the tree. I disagree. Who is correct? A: Your landscaper is playing a...

READ MORE

Fescue – Summer Heat

Q: I seed, re-seed and fertilize my fescue lawn every year. I get beautiful grass every spring until early summer and the heat kills it. The yard is mostly sunny all day. What do I do? A: Look at it...

READ MORE

Okra – Trimming

Q: When okra gets six feet tall, what can be done to keep it from getting too tall to easily pick without reducing the daily harvest? A: You can’t do anything to reduce height that won’t also reduce flowers. I...

READ MORE

Willow Oak – Replacing

Q: I just removed an old willow oak from the front of my yard due to disease. I would like to replace the tree and was wondering what type of tree I should consider. A: You have several choices and...

READ MORE

Panicle Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: My hydrangea tree is fifteen feet tall and beautiful. I wonder if I should trim the lower branches and give the tree a trunk and a “head”. A: I’m guessing you have one of the panicle hydrangeas: Hydrangea paniculata...

READ MORE

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Spinning Primrose – Winter Preparation

Q: I was given a spinning Persian primrose that blooms in the evening, just as it’s getting dark. What do I do with the stalks during the winter? A: Spinning primrose, Oenothera biennis, is also known as evening primrose. It...

READ MORE

Compost Pile – Lemon Rinds

Q: Will fresh lemon rinds hurt my compost pile? A: Not at all. Anything that was previously a plant can be composted and the resulting humus can be incorporated into garden beds. Folks commonly compost banana peels, coffee grounds and...

READ MORE

Lawn – Funnel Weaver Spider Webs

Q: My neighbor has hundreds of small spider webs all over his lawn after a rain. Any idea what those webs are? A: They are probably the webs of funnel weaver spiders. They are completely harmless and indeed eat aphids,...

READ MORE

Hardwoods – Cicadas

Q: In the last couple of months we have noticed foot-long ends of limbs on our hardwoods turning brown and falling off. Do you know what is going on? A: Remember back in May when you heard the constant shriek...

READ MORE

Squash – Protection

Q: Squash borers decimated my squash plants this year. Can I plant more this year or should I consider it a bust? Kimberly Hardy, e-mail A: Summer squash only take 50 – 60 days from planting to harvest so you...

READ MORE

Asparagus – Transplanting

Q: My daughter is moving away. Is it feasible to transplant her asparagus plants to my garden now? A: Before you go to lots of trouble, try to determine what variety they are. If they are ‘Mary Washington’ or ‘Martha...

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...

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

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READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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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...

READ MORE