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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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Trees – Proper Irrigation Saving A Marriage!

Q: My husband and I argue so much about this subject that we might be headed to divorce court! We have grown a pin oak for 20 years, although it still has a small canopy. Should I irrigate further out...

READ MORE

WeedPharm – Handling, Application and Warning

Q: Is there a place in Georgia that sells WeedPharm or does it have to be ordered on line? A: WeedPharm (www.pharmsolutionsinc.com) contains 20% acetic acid and is sold as a herbicide. It is not vinegar, which is 5% acetic...

READ MORE

Lantana – Varieties and Information

Q: Lantana appears to be the only plant in my yard the deer will not eat. Where can I learn more about lantana? A: Lantana is an excellent landscape plant…..and almost completely deer-proof! New varieties are introduced every year. Many...

READ MORE

Legality – Overhanging Trees

Q: A Bradford pear tree, located just over the property line on our neighbors’ property, has grown quite large, dropping fruit and seasonal debris on our cars and driveway. It overhangs our entire driveway where our cars are parked and...

READ MORE

Progress – From 1800 to Today

Q: How did the farmers in the mid 1800s manage to grow their crops successfully with no fungicides, no pesticides and no herbicides? A: I’m not sure “successfully” is the right term to use. Much of their weed and insect...

READ MORE

Pears – Managing Height

Q: I want to keep my nine foot tall Bradford pears no larger than fifteen feet tall. Is this possible with regular pruning each spring after flowering? A: Bonsai artists prune and maintain trees that are normally a hundred feet...

READ MORE

Hydrangeas – Expecting Flowers?

Q: Our landscaper planted four Bombshell hydrangeas in our courtyard in May of last year. The area gets good sun, but not total sun. The tag that came with them states that they bloom in sun or shade. They did...

READ MORE

Centipede Grass – Thick In Some Places

Q: Why does my centipede grass love the concrete patio and driveway? It’s so green and thick in these areas but not so much in other areas of the yard. A: Good gardeners notice things like this! I think it’s...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Different Colored Flowers

Q: We have a crepe myrtle with two colors of flowers. It surprised us when it matured and bloomed. Is there an explanation? A: My bet is that the nursery rooted several cuttings in a pot to get a multi-trunk...

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Pawpaws – Looking For Ripeness

Q: I have pawpaws for the first time, they are five inches long, much bigger around than bananas, green, and hard. How do I know when they’re ripe? A: The fruit probably won’t ripen until September but keep an eye...

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READ MORE

Natives – Lists Of Georgia Plants

Q: Our garden club manages Parkwood Park in Decatur. We want to restrict the park to native plants so it will remain more of a woodland urban forest and not a ‘park’. Is there a list of Georgia native plants?...

READ MORE

Hoses – Affect Of Distance On Water Preassure

Q: Can I connect two 100′ long soaker hoses without losing adequate flow over the whole 200′ distance? A: Water pressure inevitably decreases with distance away from the water source. I bought a water pressure gauge today and measured my...

READ MORE

Evergreens – For Dry Shade

Q: Can you suggest some tall evergreen shrubs for dry shade? I keep finding shrubs that require a moist soil. A: Winter hazel, Distylium Emerald Heights ™, and columnar Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’, both do well in dry...

READ MORE

Guava – Preparing For Freezing Nights

Q: I just planted two pineapple guava trees. Do you think they will make it through our winter? A: During our current heat wave, it’s hard to remember the freezing nights that will surely test your plant in north Georgia....

READ MORE

Herbicide – Varieties and Application

Q: What is the best herbicide for a home garden? It will consist of peas, beans, squash, okra, and tomatoes. A: If you’re looking for an “organic” weed killer, Bayer Natria Grass and Weed Killer is a herbicidal soap that...

READ MORE

Stinkhorns – Getting Rid Of Them

Q: While staining my second story deck I noticed a foul odor and a more than average amount of flies in the area. I noticed these disgusting stinkhorns growing in the mulch beneath. What can I do to eliminate them?...

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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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