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Rose – Black Spot Control

  I have never found a rose that was one hundred percent resistant to black spot, the most common rose disease. The tell-tale yellow leaves adorn roses throughout Atlanta to one extent or another. The best way to avoid black spot is to plant disease-resistant roses. Earth-kind(tm) roses, promoted by...

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Azalea and Camellia – Leaf Gall

Q: The leaves on the ends of some of my camellia branches are swollen and thicker than the rest of the leaves. They are also lighter green. I’ve seen this on azaleas but not on camellias. Is it the same thing? A: It is indeed the same disease: camellia (or...

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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 their landscapes. Wade is certainly familiar with several of the...

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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, identify your weed, then choose your method of weed control....

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I’m retiring from radio (mostly)

January 4, 2020 Three months ago somebody lightheartedly asked me “When are you ever going to retire from radio” I have been asked this many times before. You know that I already retired once from the University of GA after 30 years there. And I’ve always said “Why would I...

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    Q: My Meyer lemon has about ten blooms starting to form. Is January the normal time?  A: It is behaving normally. Mine has bloomed indoors in January as well as outdoors in May depending on the weather conditions. When a...

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  • When To Prune My Peach Tree?

    Q: How soon after planting can a peach tree be given its first pruning to develop the wine glass shape desired?  A: The first pruning is usually done a few minutes after the tree is planted. Many growers cut the...

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  • When Should I Prune Our Peach Tree?

    Q: We have been waiting for the right time to prune our peach tree and I know you recommend March for that. However we just noticed that they seem like they will bloom very soon. Should we still wait until...

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  • When To Cut My Lenten Roses Back?

    Q: We have lots of very healthy Lenten roses and autumn ferns. My husband wants to cut off all the leaves and fronds from the plants. I think they look great just the way they are. Is there any reason...

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  • Should I Shred My Leave Piles?

    Q: I have a heavily wooded lot. I take the fallen leaves off my grass and move them into an area with mature oak trees. The piles are four feet high when I’m finished. Is it better to leave the...

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  • When Should I Use Wood Chips?

    Q: I am having some trees removed and would like to have them chipped up and spread around my plants and flower beds. Is this a good idea? A: Arborist wood chips are an excellent landscape mulch! Unlike other mulch...

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  • Vines To Stop Erosion On A Hill?

    Q: I have a vertical red clay bank that is several feet high and twenty feet long. Is there any vine I can plant at the top or bottom to stop erosion?  A: I would compare English ivy, Confederate jasmine,...

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  • Will My Mondo Grass Take Over My Fescue Grass?

    Q: I have fescue grass with some mondo grass mixed in. Will mondo grass eventually take over the fescue?  A: The amount of light the area gets would determine which plant would win. In moderate to deep shade it is...

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  • Methods To Kill Bamboo

    Q: I heard you say on the radio that no herbicides will kill bamboo. I have had reasonable success killing bamboo by cutting every cane a little above ground level, just below a joint. I then fill the cell, which...

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  • How Invasive Is Climbing Hydrangeas?

    Q: I want to plant climbing hydrangea but I am concerned about how invasive it is. How would you compare it to other vines?  A: Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala ssp petiolaris, is not nearly as fast growing or invasive as...

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  • How To Avoid Arborvitae Splitting?

    Q: I’ve seen arborvitae in many beautiful landscapes. But it always seems to split as it grows. Can this be avoided?  A: Arborvitae is an excellent needled evergreen but it can have a problem with splitting. When it occurs close...

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  • Armadillo management tips

    Q: I need some help with an armadillo(s) in my yard. They’ve even set up a homestead (dug a tunnel) under my driveway. I’ve been looking for the right remedy for getting it/them out of their home and run outta...

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  • Are fern fiddleheads toxic?

    Q: Are these ferns toxic or edible? A: I believe this is Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides. Since deer don’t bother it in the woods, I believe it is inedible. Bracken fern, Pteridium aquilinum, often seen on disturbed roadsides, has the...

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  • Yellow leaves on Florida anise in spring

    Q: The leaves on our large Florida anise shrubs are turning yellow and have black spots. What may be causing this? What can we do to address the problem? A: Good news! This is normal springtime behavior. Nothing to worry...

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  • Gooey orange glob on cedar tree

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  • What is the difference between 34-10-10 and 4-3-4 Azalea Fertilizer?

    Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (4-3-4)? A: An excellent question! Let me put my thinking cap on. As you know, most fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals...

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  • 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

  • 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,...

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  • 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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  • Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

When Do Meyer Lemons Bloom?

Q: My Meyer lemon has about ten blooms starting to form. Is January the normal time?  A: It is behaving normally. Mine has bloomed indoors in January as well as outdoors in May depending on the weather conditions. When a...

READ MORE

When To Prune My Peach Tree?

Q: How soon after planting can a peach tree be given its first pruning to develop the wine glass shape desired?  A: The first pruning is usually done a few minutes after the tree is planted. Many growers cut the...

READ MORE

Will My Backyard Greenhouse Get Too Hot?

Q: I am considering getting a small backyard greenhouse but I am concerned about it getting too hot.  A: A greenhouse is fun to have but sometimes you have to learn by experience what it takes to cool and heat...

READ MORE

My Peace Lily’s Leaves Are Turning Brown

Q: Many leaves on my 20-year-old peace lily are turning brown. I repotted it ten years ago. It stays in the window of a cool room and I water it once every other week. How do I make it healthier? ...

READ MORE

When Should I Prune Our Peach Tree?

Q: We have been waiting for the right time to prune our peach tree and I know you recommend March for that. However we just noticed that they seem like they will bloom very soon. Should we still wait until...

READ MORE

When To Cut My Lenten Roses Back?

Q: We have lots of very healthy Lenten roses and autumn ferns. My husband wants to cut off all the leaves and fronds from the plants. I think they look great just the way they are. Is there any reason...

READ MORE

Should I Shred My Leave Piles?

Q: I have a heavily wooded lot. I take the fallen leaves off my grass and move them into an area with mature oak trees. The piles are four feet high when I’m finished. Is it better to leave the...

READ MORE

When Should I Use Wood Chips?

Q: I am having some trees removed and would like to have them chipped up and spread around my plants and flower beds. Is this a good idea? A: Arborist wood chips are an excellent landscape mulch! Unlike other mulch...

READ MORE

Vines To Stop Erosion On A Hill?

Q: I have a vertical red clay bank that is several feet high and twenty feet long. Is there any vine I can plant at the top or bottom to stop erosion?  A: I would compare English ivy, Confederate jasmine,...

READ MORE

Will My Mondo Grass Take Over My Fescue Grass?

Q: I have fescue grass with some mondo grass mixed in. Will mondo grass eventually take over the fescue?  A: The amount of light the area gets would determine which plant would win. In moderate to deep shade it is...

READ MORE

Methods To Kill Bamboo

Q: I heard you say on the radio that no herbicides will kill bamboo. I have had reasonable success killing bamboo by cutting every cane a little above ground level, just below a joint. I then fill the cell, which...

READ MORE

How Invasive Is Climbing Hydrangeas?

Q: I want to plant climbing hydrangea but I am concerned about how invasive it is. How would you compare it to other vines?  A: Climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala ssp petiolaris, is not nearly as fast growing or invasive as...

READ MORE

How To Avoid Arborvitae Splitting?

Q: I’ve seen arborvitae in many beautiful landscapes. But it always seems to split as it grows. Can this be avoided?  A: Arborvitae is an excellent needled evergreen but it can have a problem with splitting. When it occurs close...

READ MORE

Armadillo management tips

Q: I need some help with an armadillo(s) in my yard. They’ve even set up a homestead (dug a tunnel) under my driveway. I’ve been looking for the right remedy for getting it/them out of their home and run outta...

READ MORE

Are fern fiddleheads toxic?

Q: Are these ferns toxic or edible? A: I believe this is Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides. Since deer don’t bother it in the woods, I believe it is inedible. Bracken fern, Pteridium aquilinum, often seen on disturbed roadsides, has the...

READ MORE

Yellow leaves on Florida anise in spring

Q: The leaves on our large Florida anise shrubs are turning yellow and have black spots. What may be causing this? What can we do to address the problem? A: Good news! This is normal springtime behavior. Nothing to worry...

READ MORE

Gooey orange glob on cedar tree

Q: Do you have any idea what this is? After I first saw it, a few days later it was still there, but all dried up. There were several of these “masses” on the same tree. A: Nice photo! This...

READ MORE

What is the difference between 34-10-10 and 4-3-4 Azalea Fertilizer?

Q: What is the difference between Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (34-10-10) and Azalea, Camellia, Rhododendron fertilizer (4-3-4)? A: An excellent question! Let me put my thinking cap on. As you know, most fertilizer products are made by mixing different chemicals...

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

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

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

Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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

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 – 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

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

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

Lawn – Choosing the Best Grass

The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

READ MORE

Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn but March -April is also a possibility.  I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what...

READ MORE