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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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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Heirloom Tomatoes – Where To Get Them

Q: Where can I buy heirloom tomato plants in or near Washington County? A: Heirloom tomatoes taste great and many community farm markets and hardware stores now carry them. Don’t forget online tomato suppliers as well. I have lots of...

READ MORE

Protecting Peaches – Using A Net?

Q: Last year I noticed that my peaches were gone and the tree seemed to attract birds. My neighbor suggested that I put netting over the tree to prevent the birds from eating my fruit this year. Is this wise?...

READ MORE

Earthworms – Help Aerate Red Clay?

Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

READ MORE

Seedlings – Relatively Inexpensive

Q: I have a large pine straw island in the back of my property and I plan to plant several pine trees and maybe some bushes in between. Is there any place where I can get free tree seedlings? A:...

READ MORE

Seed Club – Checking Seed Viability

Q: Last year I subscribed to a seed club but not many were planted. I have a plethora of seeds that I would love to plant this spring. Is this possible? A: It’s easy to test their viability. Put five...

READ MORE

Squirrel – In The Attic

Q: We have a squirrel in our attic. I had a roofer fix the hole in the eaves but it is still finding a way in. Do you have a recipe to keep out squirrels? A: I don’t know of...

READ MORE

Label Holders – Where To Get Them

Q: In a recent column you mentioned using metal label holders to identify plants in a garden. Where do you get these? A: Local nurseries have them, typically made from copper or zinc. Two online suppliers include www.metalgardenmarkers.com and...

READ MORE

Treated Wood – Lining Raised Beds?

Q: My wife and I just built two raised beds with landscaping timber. We know that these are treated. What can we line the inside of the beds with to make sure that the veggies taste right and don’t hurt...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Aeration and Lime

Q: I have an acre of bermuda sod. I usually aerate every year. My pH is 5.5 so I need to apply lime. Can I aerate and lime at the same time? A: I guess lime would go a bit...

READ MORE

Medinilla magnificia – Leaves Starting To Curl

Q: I was given a medinilla plant for Mothers Day. It has done well and has sprouted new leaves. But recently I have noticed the leaves are curling up on the edges. What is wrong? A: Medinilla magnifica is a...

READ MORE

Fruit – Following A Spray Schedule

Q: I have apple, peach and plum trees that will not produce mature fruit. There is plenty of fruit initially but it rots and falls off before it matures. A: Insects and diseases love fruits as much as we do!...

READ MORE

Bird Seed – Red Pepper To Deter Squirrels!

Q: I heard that putting red pepper in bird feeders will keep squirrels away but not bother birds. Is this true? A: You heard correctly! Researchers at Cornell University mixed cayenne pepper with sunflower seed and found it significantly reduced...

READ MORE

Pollen Count – Male Trees Responsible

Q: As we move into the spring allergy season, I’ve heard that the reason tree pollen counts are so high is that male trees far outnumber female trees. I have room in my yard for another tree and I’d like...

READ MORE

Peat Moss – Makes Soil More Mud-Like

Q: Does adding peat moss to soil make it drain better or make it more mud like? A: Adding peat moss to soil makes it more mud-like. The reason is that peat particles are very small and they absorb lots...

READ MORE

Onions – Small Bulbs

Q: I bought sweet onion starts from a big box store last October and planted them in my garden. The tops seem to do really well but all I get are skinny green onions that do not become big. What...

READ MORE

Vines – Wrapping Counter Clock-Wise?

Q: Every vine that I’ve noticed winds around the support counter clock-wise. Do they all do that? In the southern hemisphere, do the vines all wind clockwise? A: Vines twine because as they grow longer they also circumnutate (bend in...

READ MORE

Plants – First Come, First Serve Dig Day

Q: We are selling an old home for a tear-down and have the right to dig up any plants on the two acre property before we close. My family will get some of the plants but many more will be...

READ MORE

Dimension 2EW – Usage On Zoysia

Q: There is a pre-emergent called Dimension 2EW that specifically lists mulberry weed as a target. Do you know if this product can be used in a perennial garden setting as well as on zoysia grass? A: Dimension 2EW is...

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...

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 – 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