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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2015

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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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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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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Apple – Pollination

Q: Last fall we purchased a dwarf ‘Fuji’ and a ‘Red Delicious’ apple tree. We knew they had to bloom at the same time to produce fruit. This spring, dwarf ‘Fuji’ bloomed in early spring and the other didn’t bloom...

READ MORE

Hosta – Strange Growth in Center

Q: Can anyone tell me what this is growing in the center of my hosta? A: The definitive answer comes from hosta expert Bob Solberg, who says “The plant appears to be ‘Francee’ or possibly ‘Patriot’. Hostas will often produce...

READ MORE

Tomato – Supporting Vine from Horizontal Pipe

Q: I have a tomato growing technique that is truly amazing. It’s the same way commercial tomatoes are grown in greenhouses but I bury my vines. They have re-rooted up to 6 feet away from where I originally planted them,...

READ MORE

Wild Ginger – Found in Woods

Q: What is the name of this plant I found in the woods near a creek? The leaves smell pleasantly like ginger when crushed. A: I call the plant heartleaf, Hexastylis arifolia. It’s also known as wild ginger. It is common...

READ MORE

Black Widow Spider – Identification

Q: I found this spider under a rock at my house. I think it’s a black widow but it hasn’t got the well known hour glass design on its belly. I just put the rock back in place and let...

READ MORE

Grape – Herbicide Injury

Q: Can you tell me what is going on with my grape leaves? A:University of Georgia plant pathologist Elizabeth Little says “This looks like 2,4-D type damage, possibly drift from nearby lawns, pastures, hay, or corn fields. Grapes are very...

READ MORE

Zoysia – How Low to Mow

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Apple – Burr Knot

Q: This apple tree has yellowing leaves thru-out it so if it’s borers I’m probably too late. Any suggestions? A: UGA Extension pathologist Elizabeth Little says it’s burr knot, a disease I’ve never seen. (Thank you!) It can weaken trees...

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Pecan – Pollination

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Q: I heard you talking on the radio about finding diatomaceous earth to use for bugs in gardens. I bought the stuff from a pool supply store, where it is cheap! A: Unfortunately, diatomaceous earth (D.E.) for pools is not...

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Good Careers in Agriculture!

Q: Our 19-year-old son has expressed an interest in double majoring in history and agriculture. What are some examples of jobs/career paths that we can visualize, besides farming? A: The University of Georgia’s Faith Peppers says there are nearly twice...

READ MORE

Gypsum – Used to Prevent Blossom End Rot

Q: We grow tomatoes in a little raised bed and have always used garden lime in the past. I keep hearing about using gypsum (calcium sulfate) for calcium, but I worry that it will increase soil acidity. A: Gypsum is...

READ MORE

WSB Studio – What Does It Look Like?

Thousands of people listen to my garden show every Saturday morning. With each caller, I try to imagine where they are. In bed? Driving? Outdoors? Perhaps some of them are trying to imagine where I am and what it looks...

READ MORE

Rosinweed – Identification

Q: My brother and sister-in-law found several of these where they walk for exercise near Jesup, GA and wanted to transplant a couple. They thought it was some kind of fern and but they dug it up it had a...

READ MORE

Trip to Italy Announcement – 2013

I’m hosting a trip to southern Italy on May 12 – 24, 2013. Whenever I’ve mentioned to seasoned travelers a trip to Italy, they get a dreamy look in their eyes and insist “You MUST go to southern Italy in...

READ MORE

Tree Planted Too Deep – Examples

It’s heartbreaking to have an attractive young tree in your landscape begin to decline. When you examine the trunk, you may see bark at the base peeling off, splitting, or generally looking unhealthy. In my observation, these are symptoms of...

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

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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...

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Lawn – Growing in Shade

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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...

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

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