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Organic Herbicides (Weed Killer)

Many homeowners want “organic” choices when it comes to selecting weed killers. Fortunately, there are several choices for both selective and non-selective weed control. Vinegar has been touted as a herbicide but the kitchen version is too weak to do much damage. Industrial acetic acid will kill weeds but I...

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Pine Pollen – Predicting

Q: We are preparing to paint the outside trim of our house, and would like to avoid the peak time for pine pollen. Can you approximate when we can expect the “yellow curse” to appear? A: Yikes! Considering that a single tree can release 40 oz. of pollen, I can understand...

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Tree Pruning

Pruning a tree sometimes invokes more worry than it should. You wonder if removing a tree limb is analogous to cutting off your leg (does it hurt? will I kill it?). Fortunately, if you take your time, pruning can be easily done, with no harm to your tree. TIMING: You can remove...

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Shrub – Transplanting 1-2-3

Most shrubs and trees should be transplanted when the demand for water is least, in late fall or winter. Since many roots will inevitably be lost, they need many weeks to regenerate themselves before the hot, dry blasts of summer arrive. If you are contemplating moving a plant that would...

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English Ivy – Management and Control

Q: English ivy is taking over my back yard. It has probably been there for twenty-plus years. What’s the best way to control it? PULL IT UP Check out this great Web site about English ivy removal. The Ivy Removal Project (www.noivyleague.com) is based in Portland, Oregon. Over the past...

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READ MORE

No Acorns On My Oak Tree This Year

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Cutting Extending Roots Of A Pine Tree

Q: Is there a safe distance out from the base of a pine tree to cut extending roots? A: I am sure there is one but I can’t tell you how to determine it. Much depends on the height of...

READ MORE

Christmas Cactus Buds Are Falling Off Without Opening Up

Q: My Christmas cactus had many buds, but lots of them fell off without opening up. What am I doing wrong?  A: In my experience, there are three things that could cause Christmas cactus bud drop. If the plant is...

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Q: I used half of a box of rock salt two years ago to kill a big pyracantha climbing up my home’s wall. Has there been enough time to plant a tree near this same location? How long does it...

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Suggestions About Where To Plant Gyoku-ryu Mondo Grass

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Preventing Privet Seeds From Germinating

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Shrub – Transplanting 1-2-3

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Dwarf Schefflera – Blooming

Q: Can you tell me what this growth on my plant is? Should it be cut off? The plant has never done this before. A: Your dwarf schefflera, Schefflera arboricola, is flowering! If you want to experiment, once the flowers...

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English Ivy – Management and Control

Q: English ivy is taking over my back yard. It has probably been there for twenty-plus years. What’s the best way to control it? PULL IT UP Check out this great Web site about English ivy removal. The Ivy Removal...

READ MORE

English Ivy – Control

I accompanied my son’s class on an overnight Environmental Education trip to Rock Eagle one year. One of his classmates was a great source of fascination to me. Whenever I stood next to him he was a model of decorum:...

READ MORE

Remove Tree After Sapsucker Damage?

Q: I found these on my nineteen-year-old Bradford pear. I am afraid the tree may have to be taken down. Agree? A: These are shallow holes made by sapsucker woodpeckers. The bottom of the hole is just deep enough to...

READ MORE

Oaks Took Out Some Of My Shrubs – Will The Shrubs Grow Again?

Q: We had two enormous oaks in our front yard taken out and several mature azalea, ligustrum, mahonia, and elaeagnus shrubs were damaged. Most are coming back from the roots Will the new growth produce good-looking shrubs eventually?  A: I...

READ MORE

How Can I Make My Curly Sedge Curl Again?

Q: My curly sedge was curly for the first year but now the stems are straight as a stick! Anything I can do to make it curl up again?  A: My guess is that yours has reverted back to the...

READ MORE

What Can I Put Down Under A Backyard Tree Where My Dog Runs?

Q: What can I put down under a backyard tree where my dog runs. It’s a mud pit now.  A: It’s terribly hard to get plants to grow in shade when they are under constant assault by a dog running...

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

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,...

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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...

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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....

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Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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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

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

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