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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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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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READ MORE

Virginia Dayflower vs Asiatic Dayflower – Identification

Q: How can I tell Virginia dayflower, Commelina virginica, from Asiatic dayflower, Commelina communis? A: The easiest way is to look at the flowers. Commelina virginica has three blue petals. Commelina communis has two blue petals and one white one....

READ MORE

Wild Strawberry (Indian Mock Strawberry) – Dog Eating Leaves

Q: I have an odd question. My dog likes to eat wild strawberry leaves but not the fruit. He will graze to his heart’s content whenever we find a patch. The leaves produce no ill effects whatsoever. Why does he...

READ MORE

Bamboo – Suddenly Dying

Q: A patch of bamboo 3′ wide and 20′ long just up and died on me this summer! I sprayed no herbicides nearby. It provided privacy between my den side windows and a neighbor’s garage. I do have hope, though:...

READ MORE

Oak Tree – Ambrosia Beetles in Trunk

Q: I have a large tree that is very sick. A part of the trunk at bottom is infested with some sort of insect. A: Woooo….this isn’t a happy tree! My bet is that the damage was done several years...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip 2013 – Odd Things and Signs

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip 2013 – Transportation

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

READ MORE

Cuba Trip 2013 – Buildings

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

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Cuba Trip 2013 – Gardens and Farms

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

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Cuba Trip 2013 – Cuban People

I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

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I went to Cuba with 30 very enthusiastic and entertaining travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington DC and Alabama. Back to Cuba Trip – 2013 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

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READ MORE

The Old Cow’s Tail Hangs Down Behind

Q: My wife and I saw you at the Home & Garden Show and loved the song you sang while waiting for the Noon start time. It concerned a cow. Please post the lyrics and associated melody on your website....

READ MORE

Pecan – Dropping Big Limbs

Q: We have a 60+ year old pecan tree that is dropping limbs. We’ve been told that pecan trees are self pruning. Is there a way to stop the limbs from dropping? The tree appears healthy with no visible damage...

READ MORE

Kousa Dogwood – Wolf Eye

Q: This was planted in late June for our new home landscape. Is this a dogwood? Is it normal for the leaves to curl? A: It’s a ‘Wolf Eye’ kousa dogwood, one of my favorites. I think the curled leaves...

READ MORE

Mandevilla – Seed Pods

Q: There are some strange-looking “sticks” growing from my mandevilla. A: Break out the cigars….you have seed pods! If you let them dry until brown they will split and show a bunch of seeds that have fluffy white tails, like...

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 Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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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...

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Lawn – Leveling

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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