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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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Okra Pods – Ants

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READ MORE

Zucchini Plant – Blooms

Q: I know that the first blooms on a zucchini plant are the male flowers. If I cut those off will the female flowers that come later still produce zucchini fruit? I love fried squash blossoms! A: You can fry...

READ MORE

Daylilies – Accomodating Plants

Q: I have a bed of English ivy and daylilies. We have pulled up the ivy and want to replace it with a less invasive plant that will still accommodate the daylilies. It’s in full sun on a slight slope....

READ MORE

Garden Soil – Herbicide Contamination

Q: For several years I developed terraced vegetable beds on a slope and they produced prolifically with no significant problems. Last winter, I added another bed and filled it with “garden soil” from a local landscaping supply company. This summer...

READ MORE

Landscape – Plastic Covering the Soil

Q: My new house has landscape areas covered with black plastic that is beginning to show through. Should I have the plastic removed and just use pine straw? A: By all means remove the plastic. Solid plastic sheet prevents water...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Mixing with Zoysia

Q: I have a spot where bermuda doesn’t grow so I want to put Emerald zoysia there. How it will look having two different grasses growing next to each other? A: Both of these grasses are fine-bladed and look very...

READ MORE

Four O’Clock Seed – Durability

Q: I have seeds for four o’clock flowers that I helped my grandmother harvest 40 years ago. They are still in the little change purse she put them in. Is there any hope of them sprouting now? A: The skin...

READ MORE

Maple Tree – Girdling Root

Q: I took your advice and examined the base of my declining maple tree and found a big root pressing against the base. Should I remove the root or let it be? A: Much depends on how big the root...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Fish

Q: Since I work in a restaurant, I have fish scraps which I once heard were great for the garden. Is this true? A: Fish have been used as fertilizer since ancient times. Save the fish scraps in a bucket...

READ MORE

Fruit – Espaliering

Q: I’m learning about growing fruit and I see that in England they are grown against walls in a fan shape. Is there a reason we don’t do this in the Southeast? A: Training fruit trees to grow in a...

READ MORE

Dogwood – Pruning

Q: We have several lanky dogwoods which are putting out small suckers below the true limbs at our second floor of our home. Can I remove them? Short of finding a monkey with pruning skills, how do I do it?...

READ MORE

Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans – No Beans

Q: We planted Kentucky Wonder pole beans in April. They are climbing up the support poles nicely but they have been blooming for over two weeks with no sign of beans! A: Bean flower drop is related to fertilization but...

READ MORE

Light – Measuring

Q: In my work as a landscape designer, I’m challenged by the different kinds of shade on a site. Shade under a maple tree is completely different from shade on the north side of a house. But both are considered...

READ MORE

Asian Persimmon Tree – Fruit

Q: My two-year-old Asian persimmon tree has been dropping developing fruit. Is it poor pollination? How can I stop the drop? A: Fruit trees vary in their ability to hold fruit while they become established in a growing site. There...

READ MORE

Shrubs – Yellow Sapwood

Q: We chopped some shrubs recently and the trunk inside was bright yellow. Can you tell me what caused this or if it is normal? A: You probably were working with a barberry or a mahonia. Both have bright yellow...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Blooming Problems

Q: What happened to the hydrangeas this year? I have many hydrangeas in my yard that have bloomed for years and this year some did and some didn’t. All these plants look very healthy, and are growing like gang busters....

READ MORE

Rose of Sharon – Budding

Q: Both this year and last on our Rose of Sharon bush there have been a considerable amount of blooms on the plant that never fully open. They turn yellow and drop. A: In my experience, two things cause Rose...

READ MORE

No Mow Grass

Q: We hate to mow our lawn and were wondering what you know about “no-mow” grass. Our lawn is primarily shady, so what we are mowing now is weeds. A: If you’re referring to No Mow Grass sold on the...

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