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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 2014

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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  • Sprouts – Growing at Home Safely

    With recent scares about the safety of alfalfa sprouts, some are wondering if it’s safer to grow them at home. This can easily be done….but remember that the process starts with certified disease-free seed. These tips will help you grow...

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  • Japanese Climbing Fern – Identification

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  • Eco-Lawn – Not for Atlanta

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  • Panicle Hydrangea – Identification and Pruning

    Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, is an excellent flowering shrub for late summer and fall. There is one particular variety of panicle hydrangea called Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’….which many gardeners abbreviate to PeeGee hydrangea in referring to all of the panicle hydrangeas....

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  • Porch – Painting Blue for Insect Control

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  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Bee Fly – Identification

Q: I found a bee-looking creature in my garden It has a fuzzy black body with yellow at the top, all indications of a bee, but with strange wings and a long snout! A: It’s one of the bee flies....

READ MORE

Sprouts – Growing at Home Safely

With recent scares about the safety of alfalfa sprouts, some are wondering if it’s safer to grow them at home. This can easily be done….but remember that the process starts with certified disease-free seed. These tips will help you grow...

READ MORE

Roadrunner (bird) – Killing Hummingbird

When I posted photos of a kingsnake killing a copperhead, I had no idea how many responses I would get. From Scott W., here’s one of the most unusual! I really enjoyed the story of the Kingsnake but I have...

READ MORE

Woolly Beech Aphid – Identification

Q: My beech trees have a large bug infestation. You can see they completely cover a limb and leave a mess below. They do not fly away even if I remove a branch. What are they and what do I...

READ MORE

Root Knot Nematodes – On Melons

Q: I’ve seen these nodules on my cantaloupe and melon roots plus other plants I’ve pulled out of my raised beds. Is my garden infested with nematodes? My crop yield on the melons seems quite low. A: Yes, unfortunately you...

READ MORE

Kingsnake – Killing a Copperhead

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a description of a kingsnake eating another one. Now I’ve been sent something even more fascinating: a kingsnake killing a copperhead! I’ll let the gardener tell her story: The way the story unfolded...

READ MORE

Japanese Climbing Fern – Identification

Q: I found an odd vine growing in the neglected landscape of a small office building in Buckhead. Is this Japanese climbing fern? A: You’re exactly right! This invasive vine, Lygodium japonicum, can smother nearby perennials. I suspect it is...

READ MORE

Eco-Lawn – Not for Atlanta

Q: Not sure if you are aware of a grass called Eco-Lawn. It is a blend of seven fescue grasses that is very drought tolerant. It sounds perfect for Atlanta. I seeded my back lawn with Eco-Lawn last fall and...

READ MORE

Lightning Damage – To Oak

Q: This past July 4th our beautiful white oak was sideswiped by a lighting bolt. It did not penetrate the bark and get to the bare wood, just striped about 30 feet of bark. Do we need an arborist? We...

READ MORE

Khaki weed (Khakiweed, Matt Chafflower) – Identification

Q: Our lawn in the country has been invaded by this plant. It is rapidly spreading and it produces these stickers that become imbedded in the bottom of our shoes. What is it and what can we do to get...

READ MORE

Panicle Hydrangea – Identification and Pruning

Panicle hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata, is an excellent flowering shrub for late summer and fall. There is one particular variety of panicle hydrangea called Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’….which many gardeners abbreviate to PeeGee hydrangea in referring to all of the panicle hydrangeas....

READ MORE

Porch – Painting Blue for Insect Control

Arty Schronce,  Director of Public Affairs for the Georgia Department of Agriculture, was recently asked if painting a porch blue would help control insects. I agree with his response: “This is a common belief, but there is no scientific evidence...

READ MORE

Periodical Cicada – 2011 Results

GEORGIA’S CITIZEN SCIENTISTS SURVEY STATE’S SPRING CICADAS Nancy C. Hinkle, Ph.D. Dept. of Entomology University of Georgia Athens GA 30602 In Spring 2011, billions of 13-year cicadas emerged in Georgia – the first time they had been seen since 1998...

READ MORE

Kiwi Fruit – Determining Sex of Vine

Q: I’ve had a kiwi vine growing great for six years, but no kiwis! I’ve learned I need a male and female vine. How do I know what sex I have ? A: If your fuzzy kiwi vines flower, it’s...

READ MORE

Hummingbird – Nest

Q: I found this birds nest on the ground in my backyard in Newnan. Is it a hummingbird’s nest? Seems pretty big to be for a tiny little hummer? A: Jim Rodgers at Nearly Native Nursery says you indeed have...

READ MORE

Hydrangea – Insecticide Burn on Leaves

Q: Several weeks ago I purchased four hydrangeas. I sprayed three of them with Sevin to keep insects away. The fourth one was not sprayed and seems healthy. A: Carbaryl (Sevin) doesn’t usually cause chemical burns on leaves but that...

READ MORE

Tomato – Late Blight Identification

Q: My Rutgers tomatoes are showing brown spots starting at the stem end, rapidly coalescing and moving downward towards the blossom end of the tomato. They are all green tomatoes which are not starting to ripen yet. Is this late...

READ MORE

Kudzu Bug – In Garden (Beans and Peas)

When kudzu bugs first appeared in 2009, crop scientists predicted they would eventually become a problem….. but they weren’t sure where or how. One gardener sent me pictures of her damaged beans which were covered with kudzu bugs. I initially...

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

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 – 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

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

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 – 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