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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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Frost Tolerance – Vegetables and Flowers

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READ MORE

Tomato – Rescuing Very Old Seed

Q: In cleaning out my mothers property after her death, I found a container of seeds that were my father’s favorite tomato plant.  He died in 1996; the container is dated June of 1993.  It would be a nice connection to be...

READ MORE

Home Orchard Spray – Substitute

Q: I would like to know why Scotts stopped making Ortho Home Orchard Spray. I’ve been using it for years but it is no longer available. I use the Home Orchard Spray on plum trees. A: Ashton Ritchie from The...

READ MORE

Silverfish – Control

Q: How can I get rid of the silverfish inside my home? I see more upstairs than downstairs. Do they cause damage? A: Silverfish don’t survive very well without high humidity indoors. They do some damage to paper but they...

READ MORE

Pyracantha – No Berries

Q: Why doesn’t my pyracantha have ONE berry on it this year, when it was loaded last year? It is about three years old. I’ve tried to make it circle around my light pole outside and so have trimmed it...

READ MORE

Gardenia – Varieties

Q: I would appreciate it if you would advise me about varieties of gardenias. I have looked at nurseries but there seemed to be several varieties, such as everblooming and ‘August Beauty’.What would you suggest I purchase for different sizes,...

READ MORE

Tree Leaves – Calculating the Number

Q: My house is surrounded by very large, beautiful trees. I feel like I have raked a million leaves – and they aren’t even all down yet! Is there a way to calculate the approximate number of leaves on a...

READ MORE

Arum – Propagation

I just can’t figure out why a certain plant I have in my garden is not used more frequently. It is commonly called by its scientific name Arum italicum ‘Pictum’, but the Home and Garden Encyclopedia says another common name...

READ MORE

Build a Really Raised Bed

Q: I am looking for the plans you had on your TV show for a elevated raised bed for those who have a problem bending over. I want to build one for a friend. A: I love the two I’ve...

READ MORE

Hellebore (LentenRose) – Fertilizing

Q: My hellebores look fabulous in February and March. When should they be fertilized? A: As with most plants, fertilize when they are actively growing. I feed mine in November when I see the first new green leaves and again...

READ MORE

Wilflower Tags – How Much Goes to Roadside Beautification

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READ MORE

Garden and Flower Seed – Sources

Q: I am looking for a reputable seed company to order seeds from for my home garden. I reside in zone 7 of Georgia. Can you email me a list of a few companies that you know of or have...

READ MORE

Pesticide Half-life and Mode of Action

Q: What is the half-life in soil of 2,4-D? How can I tell if it is the culprit for damage to my tomatoes? A: 2,4-D is a common component of broadleaf weedkillers. According to material from Canada, the half-life is...

READ MORE

Squirrel – Clipping Maple Twigs

Q: I have an old budding and flowering tree in south Georgia that is being severely “twigged back” by gray squirrels. On any given morning or evening there may be as many as 10 squirrels who are cutting the twigs...

READ MORE

Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

Q: I found this stinkbug in my house in January, 2010. Is it the brown marmorated stinkbug that has been such a bother in the northeastern U.S.? We have been finding them since last summer. A: To my eyes, it...

READ MORE

Cedar Waxwing – Privet Berries

Q: Cedar waxwings and other berry-loving birds love these plants I saw in an area near Kennesaw Mtn. I’d like to know the name of this berry-bearing plant. A: Great photo of a cedar waxwing! It is feasting on Chinese...

READ MORE

Barley – Growing

Q: Can I grow barley here? A: My guess is that you’re trying to brew beer, right? Barley can grow in Georgia but it is raised more by hobbyists rather than farmers. The seeds are used for beer making, but...

READ MORE

Herbs – Growing Organically

Q: I want to sell herbs at a community market and grow them pesticide-free. I’ll need to use insecticidal soap to control whiteflies. Is insecticidal soap a pesticide? A: You can market the herbs as “naturally grown” or maybe “organic”...

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

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

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