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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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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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    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

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Decoration – Rocks Instead Of Much

Q: What are your thoughts on placing three inch diameter river rocks around my trees instead of mulch. A:I’m an agnostic when it comes to landscape decoration. My wonderful neighbors have forgiven my six-foot high lighted angel hovering high in...

READ MORE

Grass – Mixing Fescue and Rye

Q: I supervise building dozens of houses each fall and winter. We are required to have almost total coverage by lawn grass prior to receiving our Certificate of Occupancy. We typically sod the front yards and put down a mixture...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Why Not Use Winterizer

Q: I heard you say on radio that it is not necessary to apply a winterizer to bermuda lawns. Why not? A: Mostly because you will be wasting your money except in limited cases. Bermudagrass starts slowing its growth rate...

READ MORE

Serviceberry – Pruning For Shape

Q: My serviceberry tree has a single trunk and is twelve feet tall but it wants to be shrubby. Every couple of weeks I cut off shoots that come from the base of the trunk. What is the best way...

READ MORE

Grubs – Do Nothing

Q: For grub control, I like doing nothing, as you recommend on your website, but will they keep eating my fescue roots and come back year after year? If I put down grub-killing chemicals would the lawn be unsafe for...

READ MORE

Fescue – Overseeding When Cool

Q: With the weather cooling at night is it to soon to do fescue overseeding? A: With soil temperatures warm but air temperatures declining, now is perfect! Fescue is a cool season grass: it does most of its growth between...

READ MORE

Crickets – Catching With Duct tape

Q: A small outbuilding on our property has been taken over by camel crickets. It will soon be an art space for my daughter. Any control suggestions? A: Camel crickets are creepy! In my experience you can catch lots of...

READ MORE

Sod – Laying It Yourself

Q: We have a new house and are ready to put in a lawn. We have a landscape plan that calls for zoysia. We want to lay the sod ourselves. Should we do it now or wait until spring? A:...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress – Predicting Growth

Q:If I plant a gallon-sized Leyland cypress, will it grow more quickly and match the size of five-gallon plant in a relatively short period of time? A: I think the answer is “It depends.” If the smaller plant has an...

READ MORE

Phone Apps – Identifying Wildflowers

Q: Someone has ‘borrowed’ my Audubon Guide to Wildflowers. Can you recommend a smartphone app for identifying wildflowers? A: I don’t know about smartphone apps that include the entire nation but UGA’s Mickey Cummings designed an excellent reference for north...

READ MORE

Flower Book – Where To Find One

Q: I saw a coffee table book about flowers on the Today show years ago. It showed each flower in a blossom, full bloom and then dying. I can’t find it anywhere and don’t even know the title. A: The...

READ MORE

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Q: We recently bought some property that was formerly a hayfield. Our fruit and shade trees are being eaten alive by various pests. Is there a way to treat the entire property to keep these bugs off my trees and...

READ MORE

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Q: Our very shaded home is prone to mildew on the siding. We noticed odd squiggling lines, about a half-inch thick, that appeared on the front porch walls starting at the floor and going up to about a foot. After...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Protection During Winter

Q: After last year’s cold weather our azaleas really took a beating. They have come back but I don’t want to stress them again this year. Would it be a good idea to cover them with burlap? A: If the...

READ MORE

Persimmon – Not Bearing Fruit

Q: I have three three-year old persimmon trees but they have never had any persimmons. Is this normal or should they be bearing? A: Three- or four-year old trees are still establishing a vigorous root system. Your trees are more...

READ MORE

Seeds – Storing Your Seed Bank

Q: I purchased some seeds earlier this year, placed them in a freezer bag and placed the bag in the freezer. I plan to purchase more seeds to continue my seed bank and wanted to know can the frozen seeds...

READ MORE

Amending Soil – Does It Work

Q: I was told by a landscaper that it was not necessary to add anything to the hole when planting new shrubs. I live at pinetree country club and nothing but clay do I see. What do you recommend. A:...

READ MORE

Asclepias – Treatment During Winter

Q: In March I planted two Asclepias butterfly plants. The plants grew OK, one better than the other and I didn’t expect blooms the first year and I didn’t get any (yet). I have been trying to get some information...

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

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

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