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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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Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash – Identification

Q: I thought I was growing Thelma Sanders Tennessee Sweet Potato Squash but this grew instead.   Do you know what this is? A: It looks like a cushaw, Cucurbita mixta. Thelma Sanders Tennessee Sweet Potato Squash is a Cucurbita pepo....

READ MORE

Chaste Tree (Vitex) – Growing

Q: For several years I’ve been mowing over what I thought were weeds. This spring I finally realized they are volunteers from my chaste tree. Will these babies bloom? A: The seedlings will certainly bloom when they mature. This usually...

READ MORE

American Lotus – Growing

Q: I have a friend with the nick name “Lotus”. I’d love to find lotus seed to place in an aquarium in her room so she can watch it bloom. A: American lotus, Nelumbo lutea, grows fine outdoors in ponds...

READ MORE

Woodchuck – Trapping

Q: We have a woodchuck family located down by the wall of our house.  I have safe traps, but I’m not sure what bait would work best.  I’ve heard certain fruits would work for the woodchuck.  I’m also open to other...

READ MORE

Watermelon – Choosing a Ripe One

It’s terribly disappointing to cut into a watermelon and find that it is still mostly pink inside and has little sweetness to the meat.  But what do you look for when choosing one at the grocery? How can you pick...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – On Fescue (close up pictures)

Q: In October we installed fescue sod over our entire yard. It remained absolutely beautiful until May. It seems that overnight it got big brown patches. After closer review under a magnifying glass it looks like the blades of grass...

READ MORE

Blackberry – Cane Gall

Q: My wife noticed this on a blackberry. It looks like a fruit is growing from the cane. A: It’s a blackberry knot gall, caused when a tiny wasp inserts eggs on the blackberry cane. The wound causes the plant...

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Albino

Q: I found this plant is growing in a heavily shaded part of my yard. The entire plant is pure white. Do you have any idea what it is? A: It’s an albino sweetgum. Albino plants are not often seen...

READ MORE

Hosta – Small One Growing in Center of Older One

Q: Can anyone tell me what this is growing in the center of my hosta? A: Note: I answered this on Hometalk and thought I should post it for everyone to see. Hosta expert Bob Solberg says: “The plant appears...

READ MORE

Wild Onion vs Wild Garlic

Q: How do I tell the difference between wild onion and wild garlic? A: Like edible onions and garlic, wild onion, Allium canadense, and wild garlic, Allium vineale, are members of the onion family. While both have thin, green, waxy...

READ MORE

Impatiens Downy Mildew – Good Substitutes for Impatiens

Good substitute plants for impatiens include: FLOWERS Abutilon Begonia Tuberous Begonia Browallia New Guinea Impatiens Tiarella Torenia FOLIAGE Alternanthera Begonia ‘Gryphon’ Coleus Hypoestes Plectranthus Lamium Perilla Plectranthus See Identification and Management of Downy Mildew on Impatiens Controlling Downy Mildew in the...

READ MORE

Spotted Wing Drosophila Larvae (Maggots) – in Raspberry

Q: I am completely grossed out. I am certain I have been feasting on maggots and did not realize it. Here is the whole story. Two years ago my husband planted raspberry and blackberry bushes. This year they are full...

READ MORE

UGA Sanford Stadium – Privet Hedge

Q: At one of your radio remote broadcasts you asked what was the plant surrounding the football field at Sanford Stadium in Athens. I answered “English privet” but you said that wasn’t right. However, several online sources call it English...

READ MORE

Bradford Pear – Grafted

Q: Our Bradford pear split in half in a storm. We had someone come in and cut it off at the ground. It is starting to grow back from the stump but it looks like a big bush. Will it...

READ MORE

Squash Beetle and Mexican Bean Beetle – Identification

Q: I found this insect on my squash but it doesn’t look exactly like a ladybug. What is it? A: It’s a squash beetle. This beetle and its larvae love to eat the leaves of squash and cucumbers. Control by...

READ MORE

Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum) – Identification

Q: I have always called this vine a Guardian Angel but I can’t find anything listed as that. It has yellow flowers in the spring. A: Some people call it yellow archangel but my name for it is Garden Devil....

READ MORE

Bleach – Used to Kill Weeds

Q: I saw a video of a woman using a bleach solution to kill weeds. Wouldn’t this be cheaper and safer than using Roundup? A:  I’m curious why folks think bleach is “safer” than glyphosate (Roundup). The Material Safety Data...

READ MORE

Apple – Pollination

Q: Last fall we purchased a dwarf ‘Fuji’ and a ‘Red Delicious’ apple tree. We knew they had to bloom at the same time to produce fruit. This spring, dwarf ‘Fuji’ bloomed in early spring and the other didn’t bloom...

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

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...

READ MORE