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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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Bird – Avian Pox

Q: What disease does this bird have? I found him in a large container of water. A: Local birding guide Georgann Schmalz (birdingadventuresinc.com) says it’s a juvenile American robin and probably has avian pox. Mockingbirds, thrashers, crows and robins are...

READ MORE

Deer – Droppings from Rich Diet

Q: I’m trying to find out who left this gift in my yard in Sandy Springs. Could it be a bear? Any ideas? A: UGA wildlife expert Mike Mengak wildlife expert says since this is on dry pine needles with...

READ MORE

Iguana – Droppings in Pool

Q: For the past six months poop like this has been in our South Florida pool. It’s very skinny, probably 1/4″ wide. Everyone said it was raccoon but it just doesn’t look like any raccoon feces pictures I have seen....

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Lots of Sprouts at Base

Q: How can I prevent the massive leaf growth at the bottom of my crepe myrtles? A: Severe winter pruning is almost always the problem. When you remove the top of a crapemyrtle it automatically tries to make new growth...

READ MORE

Yellowjacket Nest – Structure

Q: I have dug up yellow jacket nests, after killing them, but they usually get torn up in the process. A friend sent me this picture of a nest which was under an AC unit. They didn’t see any insects...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress – Planting Correctly

Leyland cypress has been planted by the millions (perhaps billions) all over the world. In the proper site (full sun, well-drained soil) a Leyland cypress can be an asset to your landscape.  But improper planting leads to a short life,...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Compare Varieties

‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass has a very fine leaf texture but is less cold-tolerant than other zoysiagrass varieties. ‘Meyer’ has a wider leaf than ‘Emerald’ and has good cold tolerance. ‘El Toro’ grows rapidly and has leaf width similar to ‘Meyer’. ‘Zenith’...

READ MORE

Domain Names – For Sale

Over the years, I have collected several Internet domain names that I no longer need. The following are for sale for a reasonable amount: www.spadingspaces.com www.spadingspaces.net www.gardengrio.com www.mygardenminute.com www.yourgardenminute.com www.gardenbible.com www.gardenword.com www.amoraflora.net Email me for...

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Lawn Grass – Pictures

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Q: Have you heard of using pine tree rosin for cooking potatoes? Is there a local source to purchase the rosin? A: At first I thought you were joking but people do endorse this cooking method! An entrepreneurial family down...

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The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

READ MORE

Schefflera – Pruning

Q: We need to trim this schefflera back. What is best? A: A schefflera can usually recover nicely from severe pruning but needs to be in bright shade, probably outdoors, in order to sprout new limbs faster. The best time...

READ MORE

Golden Digger Wasp – Identification

Q: These are all over my back yard flying just above the grass. What is it? A: They are golden digger wasps. They feed on crickets, grasshoppers and katydids and are considered beneficial insects. They are not aggressive so I...

READ MORE

Pond Bank – Weed Control

Q: We recently had stones placed on the bank of our detention pond to prevent erosion. Many animals and birds live there. Weeds are growing between the stones. We need an environmentally safe herbicide to kill the unwanted plants. A:...

READ MORE

Gardening in Georgia (Your Southern Garden) – TV Shows

Gardening in Georgia and Your Southern Garden were broadcast by Georgia Public Broadcasting from 1998 – 2011. Walter Reeves hosted both shows. Shows were produced and edited by Bob Molleur, with camerawork by Bob Molluer, George Foster, Pat Smith, and...

READ MORE

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...

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...

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Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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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...

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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...

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