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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

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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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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  • Crapemyrtle – Cut To The Ground

    Q: What the chances are of a very big crepe myrtle coming back from being cut completely down by a tree company? The instructions were to prune it back but now it’s completely gone except the flat surface of the...

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  • Lilies – Will It Come Back?

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  • Zoysia – Topdressing

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  • Tree Limbs – Post-Removal Care

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  • Dogwood – Grass Growing Beneath

    Q: Writing in your recent email newsletter about dogwood twig borer, you told the questioner that grass growing under a dogwood can have a detrimental effect on the tree. We have vinca vine growing under our 30-year-old dogwood. The tree...

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  • Pots – Too Heavy

    Q: I have some large potted plants that are too heavy for one person to move. I’d like to repot them now. Is there something I can fill the bottom of the pots with that’s not so heavy? A: Emptied...

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  • Lemon – How Much Light?

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  • Roses – Rose Rosette Virus

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  • Pine – Fighting Bark Beetle

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  • Crapemyrtle – Tree or Bush?

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  • Asparagus – Moving The Bed

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  • Wood Chips – Use As Mulch

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  • Diagnosing Holes in the Yard

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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  • Lawn – Timing Pre-emergent Herbicide

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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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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...

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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Shrubs – When To Prune

Q: I have yet to prune the shrubbery in my yard. Is it better to wait until we get warmer winter weather? A: It won’t matter to the plants either way. They are about to go into deep dormancy and...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Cut To The Ground

Q: What the chances are of a very big crepe myrtle coming back from being cut completely down by a tree company? The instructions were to prune it back but now it’s completely gone except the flat surface of the...

READ MORE

Lilies – Will It Come Back?

Q: I was given three pineapple lilies and accidentally cut back the leaves after planting. Will the plants grow back? A: Yes, they should be fine. The leaves will re-appear next spring in late April. My favorite pineapple lily is...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Topdressing

Q: In an online article about mowing zoysia, you say that de-thatching could be accomplished by topdressing with a quarter-inch layer of clean topsoil. When is the best time to apply the topsoil? A: The best time to topdress is...

READ MORE

Seeds – Storage Till Spring

Q: Please give instructions on how to store acorns, chestnuts, and fringe tree seed from now until the time to plant next spring. A: These seeds from woody plants require a process called “stratification”: a two-month period of cold, moist...

READ MORE

Tree Limbs – Post-Removal Care

Q: Is there a good sealant to spray where tree limbs are removed? A: No sealant is needed or recommended after removing a limb. Trees repair wounds by internally “walling off” the damaged area. Tar and other materials retard the...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Grass Growing Beneath

Q: Writing in your recent email newsletter about dogwood twig borer, you told the questioner that grass growing under a dogwood can have a detrimental effect on the tree. We have vinca vine growing under our 30-year-old dogwood. The tree...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Proper Mowing

Q: I live in a townhouse community where the maintenance company mows the zoysia yards with a riding mower. Should the zoysia be mowed with a riding mower or reel mower? A: Zoysia can be mowed with a rotary riding...

READ MORE

Pots – Too Heavy

Q: I have some large potted plants that are too heavy for one person to move. I’d like to repot them now. Is there something I can fill the bottom of the pots with that’s not so heavy? A: Emptied...

READ MORE

Lemon – How Much Light?

Q: Is it better to over-winter a four-foot Meyer lemon in a greenhouse, in an unheated basement beside a large window, or in the house? A: The lemon tree wants as much light as you can give it. A greenhouse...

READ MORE

Roses – Rose Rosette Virus

Q: Earlier this year I removed three roses that were infected with rose rosette virus. My one remaining rose seems unaffected. Is there anything I should do to my pruning tools to insure I don’t spread the virus to this...

READ MORE

Pine – Fighting Bark Beetle

Q: Is there anything I can do to stop or delay the onset of a pine bark beetle attack? A: The best defense is to help the trees fight their own fights. To that end, keep the trees watered in...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Tree or Bush?

Q: Would crape myrtles be classified as a tree or large bush? Our neighborhood is ten years old and many homeowners are removing their oaks and maples and replacing with crape myrtles. A: I think the definition varies according to...

READ MORE

Fescue – Too Much Seed

Q: I planted a new lawn in my back yard using eighty pounds of seed over four thousand square feet. By the end of September, the grass was lush, green and four inches tall. But after a few days, the...

READ MORE

Kudzu – Growing Inside

Q: I live in Nevada and would like try growing kudzu as a indoor house plant. Do you know where I can purchase seeds? A: As we say in the South “Margie, Margie, Margie….are you tetched in the head?” But...

READ MORE

Asparagus – Moving The Bed

Q: I have a question about moving an asparagus bed. I have moved and I want to dig my asparagus bed and move it to my new home. Can I move it now? A: Now is a terrific time to...

READ MORE

Rye – Overseeding With Other Grass

Q: Should centipede and St. Augustine lawns ever be overseeded in fall with rye? A: No to both. Although bermudagrass tolerates ryegrass overseeding reasonably well, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass lawns do not. The fertilizer you give the ryegrass will stimulate...

READ MORE

Wood Chips – Use As Mulch

Q: I have an older friend whose yard and beds I’ve taken on as a fall project to make them low maintenance. I’ve read online about using thick wood chip mulch to make better soil. What do you think? 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

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

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 – 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