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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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READ MORE

Magnolia – Pruning?

Q: I have a tulip magnolia that’s gotten too big. Can I cut it back to about five feet tall like I do with my crape myrtle? A: Tulip magnolia blooms on branch tips produced the previous year. That means...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Simple Maintenance

Q: I need information on the Empire zoysia sod I had installed this summer. I am particularly interested in how to fertilize and protect from disease. A: Zoysiagrass is an excellent lawn grass if maintained correctly. It needs less fertilizer...

READ MORE

Sassafras – New Disease To Watch Out For

Q: On your radio show I heard a gentleman mention a new sassafras tree disease. I am a big fan of sassafras and don’t want mine to die. A: The problem is laurel wilt disease and it is spread by...

READ MORE

Lotus – Winter Care

Q: I have a lotus plant in a large pot filled with water. What should I do now that winter is coming? A: Most folks just wait until frost nips the leaves and then clip the stems a couple of...

READ MORE

Privet – Responsible Growth

Q: I am thinking about surrendering in the battle for privet control along my fence. It’s an ugly chain-link thing that I would love to hide. But I’m concerned about birds eating privet berries and spreading it to surrounding woods....

READ MORE

Fescue – When Can It Be Applied

Q: What is the latest in the fall one could put down fescue sod? A: You can install fescue sod any time the ground isn’t frozen and supplies are available, typically September through April. If the soil has been tilled...

READ MORE

Roses – Winter Protection Protocol

Q: I am growing roses in pots on a raised deck. What is the recommended winter protection for a container grown rose? A: The safest thing to do is to move them into an unheated garage or basement. If this...

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Fertilizing – Vigilant Application And Care

Q: On radio you had a conversation with a gentleman about using 24-8-12 fertilizer on his lawn. Rather than lugging heavy bags of fertilizer, I buy bulk boxes of Miracle-Gro and put it in the hose attachment that comes with...

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Weeds – An Alternative Yard Cover

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READ MORE

Hibiscus – Surviving The Winter

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Privacy Shrubs – Suggested Plants

Q: What type of privacy shrubs would you recommend to plant on the Georgia Power easement part of my property? I need plants that grow no more than fifteen feet high. A: I recommend ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae and ‘Nellie Stevens’...

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Q: I mow my zoysia lawn every two weeks but the blade rips the grass out, even though it’s sharp. I had to adjust the mower height up because the grass is so thick that my mower stalls every few...

READ MORE

Beetles – Containing An Infestation

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READ MORE

Roses – Avoiding Disease

Q: We have Knock Out roses in our subdivision landscape and are planning to add more. We have heard that a virus is beginning to attack roses. Should we be concerned about this to the extent that we not add...

READ MORE

Carolina Jasmine – For An Arbor

Q: I recently put up a metal arbor. I’d like to plant a flowering vine to grow over it and was thinking of Carolina jasmine. Is this a good idea? A: I have an arbor with Carolina jasmine planted on...

READ MORE

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

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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Lawn – Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application

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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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...

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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

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

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