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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

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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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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“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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Crapemyrtle – To Prune, Or Not To Prune

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Q: Last August we bought and had planted a large dwarf Japanese maple. We were told to water it regularly for the first year. Do we continue to water after the tree drops its leaves? A: I think your instincts...

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Azalea – Golden Yellow Leaves

Q: With the early cold snap, some of my azalea leaves are now a golden yellow color. Is there anything I should do? A: What you’re seeing is normal behavior for azaleas. The yellow leaves are those that were produced...

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Cardinals – Where Are They?

Q:I have not seen cardinals at our feeders since October. Do you have any ideas as to what happened? A: I don’t know but other bird lovers have noted the same thing. Perhaps a hawk or an owl has settled...

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Miscanthus – Turned Brown

Q: Our new yard has a grassy plant next to the front steps. It is about four feet high and has feathery plumes at the ends of stems. It is brown now. Do we cut it back? A: It’s probably...

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Q: I brought home some Freesia laxa seed pods from Gainesville, Florida. Can I sow these here? A: I don’t think this plant would be winter-hardy outdoors. Best idea is to plant the seed in a container in April and...

READ MORE

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Q: We have several bird houses located on 4″ x 4″ posts in our yard. Unfortunately a snake was able to climb to one house and ate the baby bluebirds. Do you have any prevention suggestions? A: A slick metal...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Pruning

Q:I know mophead hydrangeas are not pruned in the fall but how do I know what I have? A: There are several species of hydrangea and each has its own pruning schedule. In general, mophead hydrangeas are best pruned in...

READ MORE

Sycamore – Planting From New Seeds

Q: I have a large sycamore tree behind my office that is dropping its seed balls. Can I gather them and scatter the seeds in the woods behind my house to have more trees? A: Sycamore is sometimes called buttonwood...

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

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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...

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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...

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