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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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Hole in Lawn – Tree Trunk Subsiding

Q: I have a single hole in my front lawn, about a foot deep, cleanly dug without loose dirt around it. It’s kind of in the middle of the lawn and not near anything. A: It looks like a spot...

READ MORE

Fern – Sunburn in Spring

Q: We have a Macho fern that we bought last summer and it was doing great in a pot on the front porch, we brought it inside for the winter and it did very well. Now for the spring we...

READ MORE

Palms – Cold Damage

Q: At my home there already existed around my pool two well-established palms. They looked fine *last* spring, but so far this year all the limbs are slanted down completely, and brown. Obviously we had a cold winter. Is there...

READ MORE

Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Dogwood

Q: I have an Asian dogwood. This spring little white “sticks” started popping out of the trunk overnight. I wiped them all off, (it looks powdery and comes off easily) but today they were all back. Would you know what...

READ MORE

Camellia – Wires Embedded in Trunk

Q: I have taken on the monumental task of reclaiming my mother ‘s formal gardens because she has developed Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m concerned for some camellias which have been trained to grow up a shingled wall of the garage. They...

READ MORE

Cherry Tree – Planted Too Deep

Q: I need your advice on a cherry tree that I planted three years ago. The tree trunk has been developing cracks and some branches are now dead. Can I save the tree? A: It sure looks like it was...

READ MORE

Citrus Tree – Spider Mites

Q: Our orange tree has been indoors for the winter. The leaves now have a rust-looking deposit on them. It feels gritty when you rub the leaf. What can we do? A: I’m reasonably sure the plant is infested with...

READ MORE

TifGrand Bermuda – Thinning

Q: In November 2011 we cleared out some of the trees in our backyard, brought in top soil, and created an area that looked something similar to an hourglass. There is a gentle slope from the top of the hourglass...

READ MORE

Imidacloprid Will Not Kill Spider Mites

Imidacloprid will not control spider mites. Why not? The fact that an effective insecticide will usually not harm a mite seems counter intuitive. After all they are both Arthropods i.e. small creatures with exoskeletons and jointed appendages. Although following this...

READ MORE

Is It Warm Enough to Plant Vegetable Seed?

Warm afternoons in early spring  mightily tempt the gardener to get out and plant something. But though the air is warm, the soil is still cold…and seeds planted in cold soil typically rot before germinating. I found a great resource...

READ MORE

Upside Down Daffodils

I love to experiment with my plants! When I was asked last fall if planting daffodils upside down would retard blooming, I could envision exactly how to test the hypothesis. I planted two beds of daffodils and divided each bed...

READ MORE

Italian Cypress – Dead Foliage

Q: My Italian cypress has rust spots and I assume that is some sort of fungus. What do you recommend? A: In my experience Italian cypress is relatively short-lived. It grows wonderfully fast for a few years, looks majestic for...

READ MORE

Rupturewort – Growing

Q: After searching for a grass-like ground cover that doesn’t flower I found Green Carpet Herniaria glabra Rupturwort on-line. Will it grow well in full sun in Alpharetta? A: I’ve not grown it but it’s listed as being hardy in...

READ MORE

Butterflies – Identification

Q: I’ve already seen my first butterfly. Is there an easy source to use to identify it? A: Butterflies are exciting to see in a garden. They help pollinate plants but they are beautiful in their own right. I found...

READ MORE

Cleyera – Leaf Spot

Q: I have some shrubs in front of my house that I keep pruned to about 5 feet tall. They’re 12-14 years old and have always looked great, but this year they have some kind of spot or disease. A:...

READ MORE

Horseradish – Growing

Q: I bought a horseradish root from the grocery and placed it in a jar of water. I got sprouts! How do I separate the sprouts to give me multiple plants? A: I’d carefully slice down the middle to make...

READ MORE

Honeybee Swarm – Capturing

The first warm days of March trigger honeybees to look around and decide whether to stay in their hive or to follow a new queen into the wild blue yonder. Although the swarm of bees following the queen may number...

READ MORE

Grassology Grass – Growing in Georgia

Q: How does the new Grassology grass grow here? It’s sold on TV and at Bed Bath and Beyond. A: Despite the glossy ads, I have no confidence in this grass mixture at all for the metro Atlanta area. After...

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

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