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Birds – Attracting

To attract birds at any time of the year, select plants that provide nectar, fruits, berries or nuts. There are many trees and shrubs that offer fruit or berries long into fall and even through winter. The small apples of ‘Zumi’ crabapple are a favorite of purple finches and many...

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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 kind of fescue is best. It is not as important...

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Shrub – Transplanting 1-2-3

Most shrubs and trees should be transplanted when the demand for water is least, in late fall or winter. Since many roots will inevitably be lost, they need many weeks to regenerate themselves before the hot, dry blasts of summer arrive. If you are contemplating moving a plant that would...

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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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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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Q: I was surprised to see an armadillo crossing the road in Tallulah Falls one morning at 5:45 a.m.!  A: Armadillos are everywhere in Georgia! I recently heard of one on Collier Rd. in Atlanta and another on North Druid...

READ MORE

I Mowed Over Poison Ivy Vines – Is It Still Toxic?

Q: I threw poison ivy vines out in the yard and mowed over them. Now I’m afraid that I spread it throughout the yard. Do I avoid going out in the backyard for the entire summer? A: I am not...

READ MORE

Fruit From My Banana Plants

Q: I get fruit from my banana plants about every other year, contrary to what you said on radio.  A: It seems like every time I say a certain thing isn’t possible in Atlanta, someone writes and says “Why, I...

READ MORE

Is Compost Tea A Good Fertilizer?

Q: Is compost tea a good fertilizer for the vegetable garden or is it better to just mix the compost into the holes of the plants?  A: I have a history with garden “teas”. I remember helping my mother make...

READ MORE

How Should I Amend The Soil When Planting Native Shrubs?

Q: How should I amend the soil when planting native shrubs? A: I know it seems better to amend the soil with organic matter, but the latest research shows that unless you are planting in pure clay, amending soil doesn’t...

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Rose Sawfly – Most Leaves Damaged and Brown

Q: Any idea what might be wrong with this rose bush? The leaves are very brown and look dead. A: You have rose sawfly damage. Your damage is pretty severe but I can’t think of anything else that would give...

READ MORE

Agave (Century Plant) blooming

Q: My sister brought this cactus-looking plant from Columbia SC three years ago. It sprouted something in the middle last week. It gets bigger daily. It’s about 15 feet high now. What is it? A: Wow, you’re going to have...

READ MORE

Seedling Growing From Tree Crotch

Q: How unusual is it to find one tree growing from another? I have a camphor tree growing in my yard in Hazelhurst. Now one of my oaks has a camphor branch growing from its divide. The camphor is probably...

READ MORE

Pet Safe Weed Killers

Q: We need a pet safe weed killer that will control dandelions but leave our fescue and bermuda alone. What do you recommend?  A: Products that contain chelated iron, FeHEDTA (Natria Lawn Weed Control, Fiesta, etc. ), will give reasonable...

READ MORE

How To Get Rid Of Johnson Weed

Q: How do you get rid of Johnson weed?  A: It’s tough! Johnsongrass, Sorghum halepense, was introduced from the Mediterranean as a pasture grass. But farmers soon found that this tall, aggressive grass, while favored by cattle, was very difficult...

READ MORE

Do Different Varieties Of Zoysia Require Different Soil Temperatures?

Q: Do different varieties of zoysia grass require different soil temperatures to root? A: Different varieties of zoysia grass tolerate cold air temperatures differently, but the soil temperature for rooting is similar for all of them. My general advice is...

READ MORE

Can I Crop The Top Of My Indeterminate Tomatoes?

Q: If I plant indeterminate tomatoes can I crop the top to keep them from growing tall?  A: Pruning an indeterminate tomato to make it bushier is possible but you’ll be fighting Mother Nature. After planting, indeterminate tomatoes grow for...

READ MORE

Phone Apps To Identify Flowers

Q: I use Google Lens to photograph and identify flowers. Are there other apps that do this on a smartphone?  A: I have used both PlantSnap (plantsnap.com) and GardenAnswers (mygardenanswers.com). I like PlantSnap better; it correctly identified ‘Limelight’ hydrangea and...

READ MORE

Should I Kill Carpenter Bees?

Q: I believe carpenter bees are very important pollinators so I allow them in my yard. Even though they drill holes in wood I think it’s bad to kill them.  A: In my opinion, the reputation of carpenter bees as...

READ MORE

When To Prune Muscadines

Q: My muscadines have not been pruned but the vines are just about fully leafed out. What do I do at this point? A: It is tough to decide what to do this late in the spring. Flowers have already...

READ MORE

Is It Better To Separate Stella d Oro Daylilies In Spring Or Fall?

Q: Is it better to separate Stella d Oro daylilies in spring or fall? A: In my experience, you can divide daylilies successfully every day of the year…but the best time is in spring, before they bloom. Repeat-blooming daylilies like...

READ MORE

Planting A Haas Avocado Tree

Q: We have successfully grown Meyer lemons and satsuma oranges on the south side of our home. We want to plant a Haas avocado tree. What are your thoughts? A: ‘Hass’ avocado has a bit more cold tolerance than some...

READ MORE

My Indoor Corn Plant Doesn’t Look Healthy

Q: I have an old indoor corn plant that won’t die but doesn’t look healthy. I’ve tried various things but I’m not sure how to save it.  A: My first instinct would be to toss it, but I know houseplants...

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

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

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

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

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 – 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