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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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  • Crabapples – Eating

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  • Buford Hollies – Leafs

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  • Orchids – Outdoor Options

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  • Chicle – Growing Possiblity

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Camperdown Elm – Planting in the South

Q: On a walk through Prospect Park in Brooklyn with my 8-year-old grandson, we found the Camperdown Elm. He is excited about the possibility of my planting one. Suggestions? A: The Camperdown elm, Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’, was discovered by a...

READ MORE

Crabapples – Eating

Q: We’re having a debate about eating crabapples from trees growing along a busy four-lane road. Would these be safe? A: I’m not a doctor but I’d be more concerned with road dust and chemicals that land on leafy wild...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Mixing With Fescue

Q: My lawn care company recommended it would be better if I planted bermuda seed rather than keep the fescue that is in my full sun back yard. Do you think this is a good idea? A: It’s possible to...

READ MORE

Fescue – Pre-Emergent and Reseeding

Q: I was getting ready to reseed my fescue lawn and my lawn care company put out Princep pre-emergent while I was not home. How long do I have to wait before I can reseed? A: Simazine (Princep, etc) is...

READ MORE

Bee Keeping – Jasmine

Q: I’m a first-time bee keeper and at a Georgia Beekeeping Association event one of the speakers said that jasmine was toxic to bees. This is disappointing because I want to grow Tangerine Dream jasmine vine. What do you think?...

READ MORE

Spanish Moss – Growing

Q: Is there a way to grow Spanish moss here? I have seen yards in the area with moss but it seems its growing on a certain kind of tree. A: Spanish moss is not a true moss. It is...

READ MORE

Wood Chips – Free

Q: You mentioned on your radio program that it was easy to obtain free wood chips. Whom would I contact? A: Most arborist companies (www.georgiaarborist.org) will deliver them free. If you ask nicely, they will be on the lookout for...

READ MORE

Crape Myrtle – Watering Leaves

Q: My neighbor keeps telling me I’m crazy. When I water I take extra care to spray the leaves of my crape myrtles and Leylands. I know plants absorb water through their leaves but is it beneficial or am I...

READ MORE

Pomegranate Bushes – Seeds

Q: My pomegranate bushes are bending over with fruit this year and my friend is wondering if he can grow any from seed. A: It’s relatively easy to grow pomegranate from seed.. Harvest the juice-filled seed sacs from a fully...

READ MORE

Ferns – Full Sun

Q: I am looking for ferns that are full sun tolerant and deer resistant. A: Deer don’t much care for ferns in general. I find Southern shield fern, Thelypteris kunthii, easy to grow in full sun if I water when...

READ MORE

Buford Hollies – Leafs

Q: After a severe pruning on our Burford hollies, the oval-shaped leaves with one spine have reverted back to a leaf with spines all around, making them intolerable to work near. Can I force them back to the original leaf?...

READ MORE

Orchids – Outdoor Options

Q: I have about 30 tropical orchids. Are there outdoor garden orchid plants that will grow in Atlanta? A: Although you won’t find any that grow in trees like tropical orchids do, there are ground-dwelling orchids that grow very well...

READ MORE

Chicle – Growing Possiblity

Q: Is it possible to grow chicle here in Georgia? We need an evergreen tree on our property and it would be awesome to have a nice evergreen that also can be consumed. A: You won’t be able to grow...

READ MORE

Swamp Hibiscus

Q: Have you ever heard of a plant called a “dinner plate hibiscus’? A: Dinner plate hibiscus refers to swamp hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos. Some gardeners call it swamp mallow or rose mallow. It gets its name from the flower size:...

READ MORE

Scuppernog – Propogation

Q: My grandfather passed away and he had a scuppernong, which he called a Scup Nuts Vine. Can you give me instructions on how to propagate it so I can save this sentimental plant? A: Muscadine and scuppernong vines are...

READ MORE

Fescue – Fertilizer

Q: What is a good fertilizer for applying when reseeding fescue? A: In the absence of a soil test (800-ASKUGA1) you can spread 15 pounds of 10-10-10 per 1000 square feet of lawn. This will satisfy the higher than normal...

READ MORE

Coffeeweed Spouts – Plowing

Q: I have planted wildlife food plots and dove fields for many years and there is one weed we can’t seem to get rid of. Coffeeweed sprouts after virgin ground has been broken for the first time in decades. Where...

READ MORE

Weeds – Carpet Blocking

Q: I always put down a weed block between garden rows and cover it with mulch. But it takes considerable time to remove old mulch and weed block and then apply new stuff again each year. Could I cut carpet...

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...

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

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