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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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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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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Rosinweed – Identification

Q: My brother and sister-in-law found several of these where they walk for exercise near Jesup, GA and wanted to transplant a couple. They thought it was some kind of fern and but they dug it up it had a...

READ MORE

Trip to Italy Announcement – 2013

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READ MORE

Tree Planted Too Deep – Examples

It’s heartbreaking to have an attractive young tree in your landscape begin to decline. When you examine the trunk, you may see bark at the base peeling off, splitting, or generally looking unhealthy. In my observation, these are symptoms of...

READ MORE

Bare Area – Covering With Fabric and Stone

Q: We want to cover the ground in our island with something that weeds won’t grow up into and through. We have considered gravel on top of landscape fabric. A friend did something similar with rubber mulch but the grass...

READ MORE

Sansivieria Cylindrica – Rhizome

Q: What the heck is this growing out of my sansevieria. I know it isn’t a bloom or a leaf, but I am very perplexed. A: It’s a rhizome: a thick root that grows away from the original clump. Eventually...

READ MORE

White Deposits on Hydrangea Leaves

Q: I went out to water my hydrangeas today and noticed white spots all around the edges of the leaves. This was not there yesterday so it happened sometime during the night. The leaves don’t seem damaged and the plants...

READ MORE

Oystershell Scale – Identification and Control

Q: I have noticed many insect eggs located on the bark of my Japanese zelkova trees.. I have also noticed these to a lesser degree on various types of maple trees. You can notice small a hole where an insect...

READ MORE

Flowering Pear – Improved Varieties

Q: I want to plant some flowering pears in my yard to provide cover from houses across the street. What do you recommend? A: I’d look for ‘Chanticleer’ or ‘Aristocrat’ flowering pear. ‘Bradford’ pear is commonly sold but it has...

READ MORE

Basic Slag – Sources

Q: My relatives in Alabama swear by something called “basic swag” for their gardens. They say it’s a nutrient that comes in powdered form and you broadcast it over your green vegetables. Can you help me find some? A: I...

READ MORE

Sweet Potato – Growing Slips

Q: Do you know where between Atlanta and Lake Burton I can find sweet potato plants? A: My dad used to buy them from Travis Hardware in Fayetteville but that emporium and its genial owner are no longer with us....

READ MORE

What Happens When Celebrity Insects Die?

I consider myself reasonably imperturbable when it comes to Internet pictures…but this one made me...

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Mother’s Day Garden Tours

Who doesn’t want to honor that special woman in their life? There are several local venues that would be very enjoyable to visit with her! Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour – Atlanta Callaway Gardens – Pine Mountain The State Botanical Garden of...

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Way back in 2003 I wrote a newspaper article about using a Palm PDA (personal digital assistant). In the years since, Palm has gone out of business and many of us use smartphones daily. I use mine all the time:...

READ MORE

Japanese Maple – White Spots on Leaves

Q: What are the “white spots” on my Japanese maple leaves? Just noticed them this week. A: It’s a fungal disease called phyllosticta. It is unsightly but is rarely a big problem on Japanese maples. Only under certain combinations of...

READ MORE

Snapdragon Rust – Identification

Q: A friend tells me that you might help identify this infestation on the back of my snapdragon leaves. It appeared as the plants were about to send up their flowering shoots and wilted them before most were able to...

READ MORE

Trap Door Spider – Identification

Q: I was digging in some mulch and this fine fellow emerged. I anesthetized it with carbon dioxide to get it to be still while I photographed its underside. After a few minutes it recovered just fine. Do you recognize...

READ MORE

Cherokee Rose – History

Q: I have to do a garden club program on our state flower, the Cherokee Rose. Do you have any historical information on its original selection and the later naming of a native azalea as Georgia’s flower? A: The Cherokee...

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...

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Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

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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

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