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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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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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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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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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    Q: The leaves of my hibiscus are eaten through like eyelet lace. What could chew them up so? A: It’s hibiscus sawfly damage. Early on a humid morning you can find the greenish larvae on the backside of leaves, chewing...

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Inman Farm Heritage Days

As many of you know, I grew up in the tiny rural community of Inman, in south Fayette County. The residents were typical Southern farm folk: truck farmers raising vegetables, chickens, cattle, etc. Many held jobs “in town” (Fayetteville) or...

READ MORE

Avocado – Cold Hardy

Q: My son sent me two cold hardy avocado plants, which are said to tolerate 18 degree temperatures. Do you think I will have avocados next summer? A: You’ll be on the bleeding edge of horticultural knowledge if you can...

READ MORE

Well Water – Testing

Q: I have well water and would like to test it for contaminants. There are no factories or industrial facilities near by. Iron and sulfur amounts would be good to know. A: The University of Georgia has a good guide...

READ MORE

Lemon Grass (Lemongrass) – Repel Mosquitoes

Q: I was thinking about planting lemon grass to help ward off mosquitoes. Will it grow in Dawsonville? A: Lemon grass is not usually winter hardy in Atlanta, much less Dawsonville. You might have success growing it against a stone...

READ MORE

Tomato – Septoria Leaf Spot

Q: I’m growing tomatoes in a spot that gets full sun, is well drained, and the block retaining wall allows excessive water to drain out. Initially my plants were doing great. Now not so good. The lower older vines have...

READ MORE

Fungus – Growing in Treated Wood

Q: I have attached a picture of the fungus growing on the walkway of my home. Can you please tell me what it is and how to get rid of it? A: Mycologist Don Gardner in Brunswick says the fungus...

READ MORE

Fescue – Growing Under a Dogwood

Q: I have been trying to grow grass on a slight hill under a dogwood tree for years. I plant the shade mix of fescue each year and initially it comes in and then dies. This has been the routine...

READ MORE

Poison Ivy – Galls on Leaves

Q: What in the heck is going on with these poison ivy leaves? They look to be covered with warts. A: The warts are caused by gall-making eryophid mites. These tiny creatures wound the leaf and insert eggs. Leaf tissue...

READ MORE

Pepper – Virus Disease

Q: My jalapeño plants have a light green pattern on the peppers. What is it? A: It’s one of the virus diseases that affect peppers and tomatoes, possibly cucumber mosaic virus, which attacks a wide range of plants. Viruses are...

READ MORE

Hibiscus Sawfly – Identification

Q: The leaves of my hibiscus are eaten through like eyelet lace. What could chew them up so? A: It’s hibiscus sawfly damage. Early on a humid morning you can find the greenish larvae on the backside of leaves, chewing...

READ MORE

Harpin Protein – Buying

Q: I want to buy harpin protein and use in my vegetable garden. This product was originally developed by Eden Bioscience under the brand name Messenger. Do you have a source? A: How about this? harpin (click for sources)...

READ MORE

Dermatitis – Passionvine

Contact dermatitis from exposure to certain plants can be serious business. We’re all familiar with the dermatitis resulting from touching poison ivy but other plants can cause a reaction as well. My son got blisters on his arm from pulling...

READ MORE

Maple – Righting One From A Fall

Q: We have a small maple that is becoming uprooted. Is there any remedy that you can advise so we can save the tree? The tree is currently supported by wiring, but it isn’t helping the uprooting. A: As we approach...

READ MORE

Azalea – Should It Be Pruned?

Q: I have a plumleaf azalea I purchased from a nursery in Commerce about four years ago. I initially planted it in the shade out of fear of too much sun and heat, but after 2 years of no blooms,...

READ MORE

Plumeria – Not Flowering Like Expected

Q: Two years ago I brought back a cutting of plumeria from Hawaii. It is in the shape of a capital “Y”. It rooted successfully and produced large green leaves at the end of each point of the “Y” but...

READ MORE

Lime – Still Good When It’s Old

Q: I found some five-year old sacks of lime, 8-8-8 and bonemeal at my mother-in-law’s house recently. Are they still useable? If they are, I can make good use of them! A: On the farm when I was a kid,...

READ MORE

Liriope – Spreading Monkey Grass vs Clumping Monkey Grass

Q: I’m having a terrible time with liriope that is sprouting up all over my yard. Most of the landscape is either pine straw beds or English ivy. I have begun digging up patches of the liriope and then putting...

READ MORE

Magnolia – Proper Seed Care

Q: I wish to plant some seeds to grow magnolia trees. I have heard various stories about refrigeration and splitting the seeds. What exactly needs to be done to ensure successful germination? A: Many woodland plants have seeds that need...

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 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

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 – 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

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