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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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  • 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

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Rye – Overseeding With Other Grass

Q: Should centipede and St. Augustine lawns ever be overseeded in fall with rye? A: No to both. Although bermudagrass tolerates ryegrass overseeding reasonably well, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass lawns do not. The fertilizer you give the ryegrass will stimulate...

READ MORE

Wood Chips – Use As Mulch

Q: I have an older friend whose yard and beds I’ve taken on as a fall project to make them low maintenance. I’ve read online about using thick wood chip mulch to make better soil. What do you think? A:...

READ MORE

Luffa – Should I Worry?

Q: I am writing a newsletter article about luffa vine. The fruit of the vine has lots of seeds and I want to be sure it’s not invasive. A: If you plant a luffa gourd seed in April, you’ll worry...

READ MORE

Blueberry – Winter Care

Q: I planted a blueberry bush back in the summer and it has thrived. Do I need to protect the bush during the winter months? A: Blueberries are perfectly winter-hardy, so there’s no need to protect them from cold. Eventually...

READ MORE

Cypress – Tips To Pruning

Q: I have large Leyland cypresses which I would like to prune. The trees are twenty feet wide and thirty feet tall. I want to prune back three feet at the bottom of the trees all the way around. But...

READ MORE

Roses – Disease Resistant Climbers

Q: I am interested in the disease-resistant qualities exhibited by roses developed by Bill Radler, the originator of Knock Out(tm) roses. Which climber would you recommend? A: I found online three climbing roses with links to Mr. Radler: Morning Magic(tm),...

READ MORE

Bulbs – Planting For Quality

Q: I recently bought a home and am excited to plant daffodil bulbs in the yard. I have planted daffodils previously with limited success. My question is: do more expensive bulbs mean higher quality or is it more a matter...

READ MORE

Pine – Providing Shade

Q: We are looking for an evergreen tree to provide shade in our front yard. What types would you recommend for the middle Georgia? A: I can’t think of anything evergreen that provides effective shade other than a pine tree....

READ MORE

Yellow Jackets Nests – Why More Than One Hole?

Q: I’ve always known yellow jackets nests to have two openings. The second opening helps ventilate the nest while serving as an emergency exit. A: UGA insect expert Paul Gillibeau says sometimes they have multiple holes by chance. They make...

READ MORE

Holly – Determination To Remove

Q: I want to get rid of some large holly bushes. I previously had some pulled out of the ground with a chain and a big truck. Someone said it would be easier to cut the remaining one down completely...

READ MORE

Arborvitae – Privacy Screening

Q: I am going to hire someone to plant an evergreen screen for privacy and long-term low maintenance. Our neighbor’s upstairs bedroom overlooks our yard. Is Green Giant arborvitae a good choice? A: I think ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae would be...

READ MORE

South GA – When In Early Spring?

Q: When is “late winter thru early spring” in S.E.Georgia? That’s when I understand I should be trimming my beautyberry and crepe myrtle. A: You’re right to identify the correct season. Southeast Georgia winter weather is much different from the...

READ MORE

Decoration – Rocks Instead Of Much

Q: What are your thoughts on placing three inch diameter river rocks around my trees instead of mulch. A:I’m an agnostic when it comes to landscape decoration. My wonderful neighbors have forgiven my six-foot high lighted angel hovering high in...

READ MORE

Grass – Mixing Fescue and Rye

Q: I supervise building dozens of houses each fall and winter. We are required to have almost total coverage by lawn grass prior to receiving our Certificate of Occupancy. We typically sod the front yards and put down a mixture...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Why Not Use Winterizer

Q: I heard you say on radio that it is not necessary to apply a winterizer to bermuda lawns. Why not? A: Mostly because you will be wasting your money except in limited cases. Bermudagrass starts slowing its growth rate...

READ MORE

Serviceberry – Pruning For Shape

Q: My serviceberry tree has a single trunk and is twelve feet tall but it wants to be shrubby. Every couple of weeks I cut off shoots that come from the base of the trunk. What is the best way...

READ MORE

Grubs – Do Nothing

Q: For grub control, I like doing nothing, as you recommend on your website, but will they keep eating my fescue roots and come back year after year? If I put down grub-killing chemicals would the lawn be unsafe for...

READ MORE

Fescue – Overseeding When Cool

Q: With the weather cooling at night is it to soon to do fescue overseeding? A: With soil temperatures warm but air temperatures declining, now is perfect! Fescue is a cool season grass: it does most of its growth between...

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

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

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

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 – 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