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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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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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  • Springtails – Hopping Black Pepper!

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    Q: Will peppers cross pollinate? If I plant hot peppers, like jalapeno and habanero, near bell peppers and banana peppers will it make all of them hot? A: Pepper flowers have both male and female parts and they usually pollinate...

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  • Rosarians – Free Rose Help

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  • Straw Bale Garden – One Gardener’s Project (update)

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  • Deciduous Magnolia – Identification

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  • Italy Trip Report – 2013

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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    READ MORE

  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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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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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Chinkapin – Where To Get Them?

Q: Chinkapins used to grow wild in the Savannah area. Is there anyway to get them now? A: The chinkapin, Castania pumila, is a shrubby relative of the American chestnut. It has the same spiny burs and a nicely edible...

READ MORE

Springtails – Hopping Black Pepper!

Q: We were outside after a rain in mid-December and found trillions of tiny insects that jump like a flea! They were about the size of a grain of finely ground black pepper. Do you know what they are? A:...

READ MORE

Salvia – To Eat, Or Not To Eat.

Q: Are all varieties of salvia (sage) edible? I purchased May Night salvia and it smells elegant. A: There are hundreds of members of the salvia family but only a few are considered edible. Ornamental salvias, like ‘May Night’, tricolor...

READ MORE

Daffodils – Affected By Warm Weather?

Q: With all the warm weather we’ve had lately, my daffodils have started coming up! Will they come up again this February? A: It’s completely normal for daffodils to put up foliage in winter. They won’t bloom until their regular...

READ MORE

Fig Tree – Planting For Fruit!

Q: I want to plant a fig tree for the fruit. What variety do you recommend for this area? A: ‘Celeste’, ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘LSU Purple’ grow very well here. Check with your local nursery for availability or visit the...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – 15-0-15 Products

Q: I am looking for 15-0-15 fertilizer. We had a soil sample done and was told to add this but I am unable to find this anywhere. A: Look for Centipede/St Augustine fertilizer products. They are sometimes formulated as 15-0-15...

READ MORE

Pine Bark Nuggets – Termites?

Q: I am considering using pine bark nuggets for mulch in a bed around the house. Is there a concern with termites in pine bark nuggets around the foundation? A: In general, no. Although mulch makes the soil beneath it...

READ MORE

Pepper – Pollination

Q: Will peppers cross pollinate? If I plant hot peppers, like jalapeno and habanero, near bell peppers and banana peppers will it make all of them hot? A: Pepper flowers have both male and female parts and they usually pollinate...

READ MORE

Red Robin Holly – Pollinator

Q: I planted four Red Robin hollies behind our pool. I am trying to determine the right male to go with these female shrubs. A: Red Robin(tm) is a selection of ‘Mary Nell’ holly that has a distinct red tinge...

READ MORE

Rosarians – Free Rose Help

Some folks love roses….and some folks love roses so much that they become consulting rosarians who, at no cost,  teach others how to grow roses. The Greater Atlanta Rose Society has more than twenty-five wonderful members who  are available for advice...

READ MORE

Starting a Landscape Business – What do You Need?

Q: I want to start a landscape business installing flowers in small beds. Do I need additional licenses such as an architect, nursery growers, or contractor’s licenses? A: It may be more complicated than you think. Todd Hurt, Training Coordinator...

READ MORE

Straw Bale Garden – One Gardener’s Project (update)

Remember the straw bale gardener who decided to go whole hog and plant 40 bales? Straw Bale Garden – One Gardener’s Project She’s back with an awesome update! In early June, my straw bale garden is growing like crazy.  I...

READ MORE

Deciduous Magnolia – Identification

Q: I took these pictures while fishing on Stone Mountain lake. It’s hard to appreciate just how large the blooms are without a scale to compare to, however the blooms dwarf a magnolia tree flower. The leaves are maybe 24...

READ MORE

Garlic – Green Cloves

Q: I’ve been growing garlic for many years. This time when I pulled my garlic it came out with the cloves of garlic not encased. Each clove was separate. Could it be due to the warm winter and I should...

READ MORE

Jumping Oak Gall – Identification

Q: These leaves fell from a large oak tree this week. A couple of weeks ago my patio was covered with the small rust/orange colored dots which appear on the leaves. Today I finally looked up to see the tree...

READ MORE

Lanceleaf smilax – Identification

Q: I am wondering what this vine is. Is it something that can be eaten or is it poison? A: Plant identification expert Shannon Pable says it’s Smilax smallii. Lanceleaf greenbriar or bamboo vine are its common names. Unlike the thorny vines...

READ MORE

Italy Trip Report – 2013

In May of 2013 I led a group of adventurous and inquisitive gardeners (and their spouses) to the southern coast of Italy and the island of Sicily. We had a wonderful time: lots of great food, beautiful gardens, historic sites...

READ MORE

Italy Trip 2013 – Places

The most humbling aspect of the trip was the realization of how brilliant the Romans were…yet their civilization crashed into obscurity. Looking at the Colosseum, the aquaducts, the fountains and the statues reminds us that these folks really had their...

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