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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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  • Kingsnake – Attraction

    Q: I appreciated your e-mail newsletter article about a kingsnake taking care of a copperhead. We have seen a number of copperheads on our property. Is there some way to encourage the kingsnake population? A: Snakes of any sort are...

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  • Plants – Low-Light Options

    Q: I’m trying to spruce up my college apartment with some herbs and plants but it doesn’t get much light. Do you have any recommendations for low-light plants? A:The best low-light indoor plants are golden pothos, aspidistra, aglaonema and spathiphyllum....

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  • Silver Queen Corn – Pollination

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Scuppernog – Propogation

Q: My grandfather passed away and he had a scuppernong, which he called a Scup Nuts Vine. Can you give me instructions on how to propagate it so I can save this sentimental plant? A: Muscadine and scuppernong vines are...

READ MORE

Fescue – Fertilizer

Q: What is a good fertilizer for applying when reseeding fescue? A: In the absence of a soil test (800-ASKUGA1) you can spread 15 pounds of 10-10-10 per 1000 square feet of lawn. This will satisfy the higher than normal...

READ MORE

Coffeeweed Spouts – Plowing

Q: I have planted wildlife food plots and dove fields for many years and there is one weed we can’t seem to get rid of. Coffeeweed sprouts after virgin ground has been broken for the first time in decades. Where...

READ MORE

Weeds – Carpet Blocking

Q: I always put down a weed block between garden rows and cover it with mulch. But it takes considerable time to remove old mulch and weed block and then apply new stuff again each year. Could I cut carpet...

READ MORE

Liriope – Splitting

Q: Can I split my liriope and replant it without waiting for dormancy? A: You can split liriope 24/7/365. Freezing temperatures and hurricane rains might deter the gardener but liriope will prosper no matter what conditions you move it in....

READ MORE

Tomato Plants – Aspirin

Q: You say on your website that aspirin can prevent disease on tomato plants. Where can I find more information about the process? A: Scientists have known for several years that certain compounds can signal a plant to defend itself...

READ MORE

Insecticidal nematodes – Insect Control

Q: What do you think about using beneficial nematodes for soil pests? I’ve heard a little about them, but wanted to know your thoughts. How big is that industry? Are they used for home gardens or commercial farmers? or both?...

READ MORE

Catalpa Tree – Caterpillars

Q: The ugly catalpa tree at our Nearly Native Nursery has always had the fish bait worms. We have several customers who have purchased trees from us but still no worms for them. How do they attract them? A: Catalpa...

READ MORE

Tree – Privacy Protection

Q: A builder just clear-cut all the trees behind our fence. Which is the better evergreen tree for fast growth, minimal maintenance, and effective privacy: Leyland Cypress or Thuja Green Giant? A: Either plant would be great. They can grow...

READ MORE

Weeds – Pre-emergent

Q: Is there any difference between the pre-emergence for winter weeds and the pre-emergence for summer weeds? A: No. While different chemicals are used in different products, they all prevent seed germination or sprout/root elongation after seedlings emerge. We’re getting...

READ MORE

Kingsnake – Attraction

Q: I appreciated your e-mail newsletter article about a kingsnake taking care of a copperhead. We have seen a number of copperheads on our property. Is there some way to encourage the kingsnake population? A: Snakes of any sort are...

READ MORE

Plants – Low-Light Options

Q: I’m trying to spruce up my college apartment with some herbs and plants but it doesn’t get much light. Do you have any recommendations for low-light plants? A:The best low-light indoor plants are golden pothos, aspidistra, aglaonema and spathiphyllum....

READ MORE

Silver Queen Corn – Pollination

Q: Every year I plant Silver Queen corn. My plants look great but the ears of corn only have kernels on two-thirds of the cob nearest the stalk. A: It’s a pollination problem. Corn pollen is transferred by breezes among...

READ MORE

Crop Rows – Plant Heights

Q: Why do plants at the end of crop rows become gradually shorter? I’ve wondered this for most of my 64 years. A: I’ve observed the same thing but I’ve never stopped to figure out why! My guess is that...

READ MORE

Maple Tree – Leaf Colors

Q: I intend to plant a maple tree in my front yard in late September. I want a tree that has fall leaf color of yellow/gold/red. What varieties of maple can you suggest? A: Donna Dixon at Four Seasons Nursery...

READ MORE

Japanese Climbing Fern

Q: I found an odd vine growing in the neglected landscape of a small office building in Buckhead. Is this Japanese climbing fern? A: You’re exactly right! This invasive vine can smother nearby perennials. I suspect it is brought into...

READ MORE

Tomato – Splitting

Q: I have two tomato plants in 24 inch pots. They are doing very well but 75 percent of the fruit is split at the top near the stem. Is there any solution for this? A: Fluctuations in soil moisture...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Prostrate Spruge

Q: My centipede lawn is being taken over by prostrate spurge. I know I should have put out pre-emergent, but is there anything I can do besides wait for it all to die? A: Prostrate spurge has wiry stems, a...

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

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 – 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

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