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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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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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Nectarines – Gooey Stuff On The Fruit

Q: I recently moved from NYC to Georgia. I bought a nectarine tree last year and was shocked to see it bear fruit. However, all of the fruits had a gooey gelatinous stuff on the skin. A: Welcome South –...

READ MORE

Muscadines – Not Producing Fruit

Q: We have healthy five-year-old muscadine vines that do not produce fruit. They get plenty of sun. What is the problem? A: Muscadines can have either “perfect” flowers, which can pollinate themselves or “imperfect” flowers, which require a perfect-flowered vine...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Fruit With Cracks

Q: I have a cherry tomatoes plant that about 80% of the fruit has cracks. Anything I can do ? A: Fruit cracking is usually caused by hot dry weather followed by heavy rain or irrigation. The skin gets hard...

READ MORE

Hollies – Methods For Planting

Q: There are deciduous hollies with plenty of berries every winter along the county road that leads to my house. Can I get some of these berries and plant them to get more growing in my yard? A: Propagating deciduous...

READ MORE

Spiders – Good For Your Garden

Q: Do you leave spiders on your garden plants? I don’t like spiders and generally spray them or remove them if they are little. A: Spiders don’t hurt plants. They are beneficial to us and to plants because they capture...

READ MORE

Winterizer – September Application

Q: I went to a big box store to pick up winter fertilizer to put on my bermuda in early September. All I could find was winterizer with weed control in it. That’s not what I want to do. What...

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Yellow Jackets – Waiting For The Winter

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Q: You mentioned on radio that your mother made pear preserves. Could I get the recipe? My mother died when I was very young, and she made the best pear preserves. A: I well remember my mother’s steamy kitchen filled...

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Q: I’m looking at putting in a fall crop of potatoes and I can’t find white and red seed potatoes this time of year. Do you know anyone? A: I don’t think you’ll be successful planting potatoes in fall. The...

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Q: While visiting our daughter in VA, I noticed a neighbor had planted glass wine bottles, butt end upward, around the edge of her vegetable garden plot. What might be the purpose? A: I think it was just for decoration....

READ MORE

Angle Trumpet – Maintenance

Q: I have been cutting down my angel trumpet plant each fall but do I have to do this?. They come back in the spring but it takes all summer for them to bloom. A: You can cut them down...

READ MORE

Trees – Replacing An Oak With A Maple

Q: Recently we lost a big oak tree as a result of root damage from when the builder constructed our home. We’d like to replace the tree with a maple and want to know what our chances are of having...

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...

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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...

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