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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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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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Bean Teepee (Bean House) – Construction

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READ MORE

Pecan Spittlebug – Identification

Q: I have notice a white wad of foam around the stem where my pecans are growing,;what’s going on? A: The foam is caused by pecan spittlebug nymphs. This has been a good year for spittlebugs of all kinds due...

READ MORE

Shredded Paper – Use In Flower Beds?

Q: Can I can use the shredded paper from my desk for mulch in and around flowers? A: You certainly can! The paper itself is harmless and the ink or toner from printers is mostly carbon. I would recommend soaking...

READ MORE

Bamboo – A Fair Warning

Q: Do you know of any bamboo growers in the Atlanta area? I know there are interesting and non-invasive bamboos but nurseries in this area do not seem to carry any. A: Most folks have heard tales of gardeners who...

READ MORE

Naranjilla – A Wonderful Plant!

Q: I purchased a plant last year in Hilton Head, South Carolina and need some identification help. The plant was only know by the name ^solanum^ and this nursery had only one and knew nothing more. The plant grew to...

READ MORE

DIY Greenhouse Building – Concerns and Possible Alternatives

Q: We are looking at converting an outbuilding into a greenhouse. Do you know of any Web sites that provide information on managing a greenhouse? A: I have one mental picture of greenhouse owners enjoying tropical warmth in the wintertime,...

READ MORE

Compost – Basics 101

Q: I am trying composting for the first time so I bought one of those compost enclosures in August. At this point it looks more like a garbage pile than what I expected compost to look like. Any suggestions? A:...

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Compost – Obtaining Manure In Atlanta

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Blueberries – Growing In Georgia Clay

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Lombardy Poplar – Use As A Privacy Shield?

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The Austree – Not As Great As It Sounds

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READ MORE

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Q: I have a sweetshrub bush with several seed pods. Can these be planted to produce more bushes. How would I go about doing it? And when? A: University of Georgia horticulturist Dr. Michael Dirr seems to have found time...

READ MORE

Spiders – Some Useful Info

Q: I recently found a black widow spider in my bathroom. Where did it come from? Do they nest in the attic or basement? A: Poisonous spiders populate the nightmares of many people. The combination of eight legs, venomous jaws...

READ MORE

Bromeliad – Leaves Beginning To Shrivel

Q: Several weeks ago a friend gave me a big bromeliad from her greenhouse. Its leaves are beginning to shrivel. I watered the soil when I potted it and I have been pouring water into the throat of the plant....

READ MORE

Roundup – Sprayed On Bermuda?

Q: Can I spray the green weeds in my Bermuda lawn with Roundup? A: Yes, you can, but you have to promise to be careful. Get down on your hands and knees and examine your Bermuda at the soil level....

READ MORE

Rasberries – Specifics Of Care

Q: My raspberries are begging for some kind of attention. I have read too many articles and I’m really confused. Should I cut them back to the ground for the Winter? Should I tie them up on my trellis? Should...

READ MORE

Christmas Tree – Finding The Concolor Fir

Q: When I went to buy my cut Christmas tree several weeks ago, the guys at the lot described it as a “Cuculla” fir. It was very attractive throughout the holidays – especially since it smelled so nicely of tangerines...

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...

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...

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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