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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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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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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Strawberries – Ordering Online

Q: Do you know where Florida 90 Strawberry plants can be purchased? A: My Dad would buy strawberry plants each year from the local hardware store. I believe he bought them in packs of twenty-five, wrapped in brown paper and...

READ MORE

Pesticides – How Long Are They Effective?

Q: I have accumulated a number of lawn and garden treatments like Triazicide, Immunox, Sevin, and assorted weed killers. How long do things like this remain effective? A: Freezing and high heat cause some, but not all, pesticides to degrade....

READ MORE

Pear – Varieties For Making Preserves

Q: I would like to plant a pear tree. Could you tell me the variety of pear that is so prevalent throughout the South and makes great preserves? A: You’re probably thinking of ‘Kieffer’ pear. The flesh is somewhat gritty...

READ MORE

Overseeding – Planting Fescue In Spring

Q: I know October is the best time for overseeding a fescue lawn but can it be done in the spring? A: Although late fall is the optimum time to plant fescue, mid- to late February is a workable alternate....

READ MORE

Edibles – Grown On A Trellis

Q: I am looking to expand my options of annual vines to grow on a west facing trellis. My preferences lean toward edibles. A: Malibar spinach, Basella rubra, is not a true spinach but its thick, fleshy, slightly-crinkled, heart-shaped leaves...

READ MORE

Removing Pine – Not Disturbing Nesting Squirrels

Q: I want to have several pine trees cut. However, I don’t want to impact nesting squirrels, particularly if they have litters. A: Squirrels are breeding right now so there’s not much chance of having babies in a nest. But...

READ MORE

Coir – Ordering In Bulk

Q: Is there a local source for coir in bulk? I am planning on making a hydroponic garden with raised strawberry beds. A: Coir, a processed coconut fiber used as a planting medium, has many attributes to recommend it. The...

READ MORE

Non-Monsanto – Equivalent To Roundup

Q: Is there a non-Monsanto equivalent to Roundup? A: There are several alternatives to Monsanto-made Roundup. Remember that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is no longer patented by Monsanto and is manufactured or sold by several companies. You could...

READ MORE

Earthstar Fungi – Can It Be Removed?

Q: We have a few clusters of earthstar fungi under our oak tree. Are they something we should remove? Some of them are the size of cantaloupes. A: There’s not much you can do permanently. Earthstar is just the fruiting...

READ MORE

Erosion – Good Plants For Ground Cover

Q: We are clearing some property and need to control erosion. What would be a good ground cover that the deer and wildlife would benefit from? A: There are several plants that deer and other animals find attractive that are...

READ MORE

Oats – Growing In Pots?

Q: I saw a picture online of a wreath made from oat stems and seedheads. Can I grow oats in big pots? A: It should be no problem. It’s best to plant the seed in September, but there is still...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Rooting During Winter

Q: My husband said that you mentioned on radio the possibility of rooting hydrangea plants in the winter. Was he kidding? A: Many and varied are the methods folks use to propagate hydrangea. One gardener says she takes twelve inch...

READ MORE

Daffodils – Popping Up During Winter!

Q: I noticed today that my daffodils are beginning to pop up. Is there anything I should do? A: Many are the anguished cries when gardeners notice that bulb foliage has emerged in early winter. The truth of the matter...

READ MORE

Stink Bugs – On Fruit Trees

Q: I have noticed a huge explosion in the population of stink bugs. I was assuming the cold weather would drive them away. How are they expanding so fast and are they going to be a nuisance? A: Like other...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress – Re-establishing Roots

Q: Our six-year-old Leyland cypress, fifteen feet tall, blew over in a drenching rain and subsequent wind. Can it be uprighted and staked? Or is it a goner? A: It can be pulled back into place but it will need...

READ MORE

American Beech – Places To Find One

Q: My wife and I love the golden leaves of American beech. We want to plant one in our yard. We have had no success finding the tree at any local nurseries. A: Jim Rogers at Nearly Native Nursery in...

READ MORE

Soil – Tilling For Compost

Q: I would like to add some compost from the Athens/Clarke County landfill to my vegetable gardens this winter. Should I turn the soil before or after adding the compost? A: I think it would be better to till it...

READ MORE

Lorapetalums – Best Time To Prune

Q: Is it too late to prune my lorapetalums? A: The rule of thumb is to prune spring-flowering shrubs right after they bloom. If you prune loropetalums now, you’ll be cutting off all the buds that explode in pink profusion...

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 Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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