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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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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning and Maintenance

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  • Privet – Stopping Sprouts

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Rosemary – Edible Leaves?

Q: I planted a creeping rosemary last fall and it has little blue flowers on it. Are they edible? A: Joyce Cotter, president of the Chattahoochee Unit of the American Herb Society, says rosemary flowers are quite edible. She advises...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruning and Maintenance

Q: I planted a six-foot tall Muskogee crape myrtle in front of our great room window to create shade on the west side of house. When looking out window, I want to see trunks only, not the leaves. How do...

READ MORE

Bats – Specs. For A Bat House

Q: I would like to put up bat houses on our neighborhood lake in order to control the insect population living near water. Is there a way to attract bats to the houses I buy? A: The best information on...

READ MORE

Microbes – Naturally Reducing Thatch

Q: Are chemical dethatchers a scam? I am a microbiologist, and it does make sense that there are microbes you could put on the lawn that would help convert grass clippings into dirt. A: As a microbiologist you also know...

READ MORE

Sod – Rolling and Leveling

Q: I recently had some bermuda sod installed around our pool. It looks pretty good and is starting to green up. The crew was adamant that it did not need to be rolled right away. Instead, they said roll it...

READ MORE

Vines – Replacing Kudzu

Q: I am about to dig up some sun-blocking wisteria vines because a swarm of kudzu bugs is all over my windows and door. What type of fast growing vine can I put in it’s place that won’t be attractive...

READ MORE

Tulips – Cut and Still Growing?

Q: This spring my wife cut a tulip and put it in a small vase of water. The stem was three inches long. After a week the stem was over five inches long. Is it normal for a tulip to...

READ MORE

Honeysuckle – Getting Rid Of It

Q: I have a nice stand of a curly leaf English ivy mixed with wild honeysuckle. Is there a way to kill the honeysuckle, but not the ivy? A: An easy method is to put on a rubber glove and...

READ MORE

Azaleas – Adding Grass Clippings

Q: We have a bermuda lawn and we would like to put our grass clippings in an island out front. There are azaleas and trees in the island. Is there any disadvantage to us doing this? A: You can spread...

READ MORE

Caterpillars – Descending From The Trees!

Q: I am being plagued by little green caterpillars raining down from oak trees on silk strands. The past two weeks literally thousands have descended onto my cars, home and driveway. They leave copious amounts of tiny black pellet waste....

READ MORE

Privet – Stopping Sprouts

Q: I am simply ate up with Chinese privet. I plan to run it through a wood chipper. Is it safe to use or will I still have to worry about it sprouting wherever I use it. A: There’s no...

READ MORE

Bees – Methods For Management

Q: I have lots of wood boring bees eating my barn. I was wondering about farms I see with martin houses and hanging gourds. Are these predators of the bees? A: According to experts, purple martins eat only flying insects,...

READ MORE

Weeds – Products For Control

Q: For years I used a product containing monosodium acid for weed control. Now it’s off the market. What is a substitute? A: Monosodium methanearsonate (MSMA) was taken off the market a few years ago due to concerns about soil...

READ MORE

Reclamation – Tips For Weeding and Landscaping

Q: In August 2010, my family moved into the home that my great-grandparents built at the end of the 19th century. We are limited in time and resources, but are trying to slowly “reclaim” the beds. We are overwhelmed with...

READ MORE

Bluegrass – Alternative Candidates

Q: I have a great stand of annual bluegrass. I need to know care and feeding; I do not want to get rid of it. A: As the name implies, annual bluegrass will die when summer temperatures approach 80 degrees....

READ MORE

Seeds – A Kindergarten Project!

Q: I am looking for three plants that my kindergarten class could grow from seeds in small individual pots to compare their growth. A: What a great idea! The following flowers take five to seven days to sprout: bachelor’s buttons,...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Management and Pruning

Q: We had a thirty-foot-tall crepe myrtle but decided to cut it back to seven feet tall. The trunks are four inches in diameter. Now that I did all that, what can I expect? A: You can expect a lot...

READ MORE

Holly – Growing Berries

Q: I am going to plant ‘Sky Pencil’ holly plants along the front of my house. I’ve read that hollies need a male plant nearby to get berries. Where can I get a male holly? A: The berries on ‘Sky...

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...

READ MORE

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...

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 – 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