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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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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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Cultivating Wildlife Habitats

Q: Recently I had many very tall pines removed from behind my house. I want to plant trees or large bushes back there so that the birds and squirrels will have a good habitat. A: Whether you are squirrel, bird...

READ MORE

Amaryllis – Replanting

Q: When can I dig up, separate and replant my outdoor amaryllis? A: I think the best time is in spring when the green shoots first appear. Hardy amaryllis, Hippeastrum x johnsonii, blooms in my landscape each year. Dig a...

READ MORE

Canna Liliy – Aggressive?

Q: Last year I bought a small canna lily plant for 50 cents. I planted it near the edge of our lake. Now it’s spread to six feet by ten feet. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but I am...

READ MORE

Pine Trees – Premature Needle Shedding

Q: All of a sudden pine straw falling from my trees is as green as if it were still on the tree. Why is this? A: Premature needle shedding is most likely caused by big temperature swings coupled with summer...

READ MORE

Fruit-Bearing Cherry Trees – Viability in Atlanta area

Q: I am looking for fruit-bearing cherry trees. What is your advice? A: I don’t know of anyone who has successfully grown sweet cherry fruit in the Atlanta area. Temperature swings in winter cause freeze damage to the trunk and...

READ MORE

Pyracantha – Pruning

Q: How should I prune the pyracantha that’s climbing the wall of my garage? A: Pyracantha blooms in April or May on twigs that grew the previous year. If you prune severely now, you won’t have flowers or the bright...

READ MORE

Winter King Hawthorn – Propagation from Seeds/Berries

Q: There is a stand of ‘Winter King’ hawthorn on Ronald Regan Parkway near the Webb Gin House exit. They are beautiful now. Can I use the seeds/berries to make new trees? A: It will be tough to get the...

READ MORE

Bedding Plants – Relocating

Q: We’re going to have major construction at our home. I need advice on relocating some bedding plants to keep them out of harm’s way until the work is completed next fall The plants include bearded iris, daylily, cone flower,...

READ MORE

Blueberries – Cross Pollination

Q: I’m very confused about which varieties of blueberries I must plant together to achieve cross-pollination. I bought ‘O’Neal’ and ‘Chippewa’ from big box stores. Will they cross-pollinate? A: My smartphone is my best resource when I see a plant...

READ MORE

Carolina Allspice – Fragrance

Q: We purchased five Carolina allspice bushes and they have thrived, loaded with blooms. But none of them has the aroma I bought them for. Is there anything I can do to get them to smell like they do in...

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Mulching Leaves with Mower

Q: I am tired of raking! Is there any reason I can’t shred lawn leaves with my mower and not rake them into piles for removal? A: There are two good reasons to let your mower do the work. One...

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Seed Cane – Viability in South Georgia

Q: My husband gave me a stalk of something called seed cane from south Georgia. Can I plant it in my garden? A: Seed cane is a mature stalk of sugar cane that has buds from which more plants can...

READ MORE

Long Stemmed Pansies

Q: The pansies I bought the last week of September for a pot on the deck have extra-long stems. Are these a new variety? A: Average temperatures since September have been in the mid-70’s, which caused the pansies to stretch...

READ MORE

Fruit Trees – Pruning

Q: I have two apple, two peach, and three cherry trees. I have never pruned any of them. I didn’t realize I had to cut them down so much. Now that they’ve grown big, what should I do? A: While...

READ MORE

Birch Trees – Aphids

Q: We have two birch trees on the side of our house. My neighbor’s driveway is under them. They are dripping something on their cars. Does this mean they are diseased? A: Birch trees sometimes become infested with a big...

READ MORE

Seed Suppliers – Reliability

Q: Is it a good idea to purchase non-hybrid vegetable seeds from an Internet supplier? How do you know if it is reliable? A: Local nurseries have many heirloom seed varieties. Look for displays from Seeds of Change, Johnnies Selected...

READ MORE

Ryegrass – Use as Garden Cover Crop

Q: I sowed annual ryegrass in my vegetable garden in early October. The grass is thick and plush. How do I manage it in winter? A: The purpose of a garden cover crop such as ryegrass, clover, or winter pea...

READ MORE

Growing Dawrf Citrus in Containers

Q: I am interested in growing a dwarf citrus in a container. Do you have any suggestions? I really would like an orange. A: Meyer lemon is the most popular citrus plant grown in containers but I don’t know anyone...

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

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

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

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 – 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