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Upcoming Trips to Ireland and Cuba – 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. We’re...

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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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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The bermudagrass must be completely dormant. Get on your hands and...

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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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Buy Garden Books!

As you probably know, I am the author or co-author of several books about gardening in Georgia.  If you’d like to get one of my books for yourself or to give as a gift, click the link below. I’ll get the order immediately and will inscribe it as you wish...

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Millet – Identification

Q: This plant voluntarily appeared in our back yard this summer. Can you ID it? A: It’s millet, a common component of birdseed because it is inexpensive In my experience it is not a good idea to feed millet mixtures...

READ MORE

Sinkhole – Repairing

Q: I built my home in 1986.  The builder buried trash in my back yard and this created a continuous sink hole.  I have had this fixed 3 times only to see it come back.  In June of 2009 we...

READ MORE

Leopard Moth Caterpillar – Identification

Q: What is this fuzzy caterpillar? My Dad and I found it in some flowers. A: It’s the caterpillar form of a leopard moth, Ecpantheria scribonia. Despite its fierce name, the leopard moth does not bite…it just has beautiful spots...

READ MORE

Sycamore (also oak, sweetgum) – Bacterial Leaf Scorch

Q: My sycamore was losing leaves and I hired an arborist to look at it. He says I have bacterial leaf scorch and that he can only chop out the affected branches. Is there anything I can spray? A: Sadly,...

READ MORE

Paperwhite Narcissus – Make Sturdier Stems

I love the scent of paperwhite narcissus during the holidays! Too bad the stems usually grow so tall they flop over in my container. Now there is an easy way to keep them shorter…and it involves alcohol! A horticulture student...

READ MORE

Wildlife Sanctuary Certification

Q: We saw a TV show about wildlife sanctuaries. We have three acres of land with ponds, birdhouses, all sorts of flowers, vegetables, and a virtual forest in front of the house. How can we be certified as a wildlife...

READ MORE

Black-eyed Susan Vine – Annual

Q: Recently I bought a black-eyed Susan vine, Thunbergia alata. Is it an annual or a perennial? A: This beautiful cascading vine, covered in yellow flowers, is perennial in south Florida but it is not cold-hardy and so is grown...

READ MORE

Cicada Sounds

Q:   What insect makes a loud, high-pitched, screeching sound? The body is 1.75  inches long; wings are 2.5 inches wide. It looks like a giant fly. A: I’m sure you’re hearing and seeing a cicada. There are several species...

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Hydrangea Transplant

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Spaghetti Squash – Harvesting

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

Bees Balm – Transplant

Q: My patch of bees balm has been especially beautiful this summer. However, it has taken over a large portion of my perennial bed. When and how I should transplant? A: Now that blooms have faded in August, cut the...

READ MORE

Cottonseed Meal – Available At Feed Stores

Q: Will cottonseed meal from a feed store work the same as the cottonseed meal I purchased from a garden center? It is much cheaper at the feed store. A: They are exactly the same thing. Products sold for fertilizer...

READ MORE

White Clover – Weed Control

Q: Our problem (or my husband’s problem) is the white clover in our two-acre fescue lawn. This is the first time in years that we haven’t fertilized our yard. This year clover is completely outta control. A: My guess is...

READ MORE

Vegetable Planting – Calendar

Q: Where can I get a vegetable planting calender? My husband and I are trying to start a small locally grown market garden and we need to plant fall crops. A: I’ve collected several links to publications from the University...

READ MORE

Irish Potato Plants – When To Harvest

Q:  We are growing Irish potatoes in tires. What does it mean when the vine is blooming in June? A: Flowers on a potato plant mean the tubers are almost ready to harvest. The leaves and stems will start yellowing...

READ MORE

Extra Vegetables – Donation

Q: Where can I donate surplus fresh vegetables from my garden? A: Fred Conrad at the Atlanta Community Food Bank coordinates the Plant A Row For The Hungry campaign. He says their website, www.acfb.org,  has a list of central sites...

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...

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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

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

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