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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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Aspidistra

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Hercules Beetle – Identification

Q: My husband found this beetle at a convenience store in Carroll county and brought it home. We have no idea what it is. We were hoping you could help us to identify it. A: It’s a female Hercules beetle,...

READ MORE

Potato – Varieties for Georgia

Q: My mother was born and raised a farmer in Galicia, Spain but I have not inherited her farming skills. I bought 12 lbs. of ‘Shepody’ seed potatoes online. I tilled, fertilized and planted the potatoes in a good spot....

READ MORE

Animals – Identifying from Droppings

Many is the time I’ve seen animal droppings and wondered about their source. Was it a raccoon, possum or dog that wandered through my yard last night? This article contains drawings and explanations of how to identify animals by what...

READ MORE

Turfgrasses – Selection

There are usually several varieties of each turfgrass from which to choose. Which is the best for your situation? The information below, taken from a University of Georgia publication should help. COOL SEASON GRASSES Cool-season grasses grow well during the...

READ MORE

Centipede – Fertilizing

Centipedegrass is a warm season grass. It does its productive growth between April and September. For this reason, fertilizer applications should be done in the late spring, after green-up and in mid summer. The amount of fertilizer to apply should...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Fertilizing Before Rain

Q: My bermudagrass lawn is in great shape. Should I lime and fertilize even if there is no rain in the forecast for several days? A: Water is the only thing that will move the fertilizer down into the root...

READ MORE

Hops – Yield from Vine

Q: I am trying to find out how much in weight the average hops vine yields. Can you help ? A: “Each of the four to six vines arising from a hill produces four to six ounces of dried hops.”...

READ MORE

Plumeria- Leaf Loss

Q: During a trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago I bought a plumeria plant. It has grown very well. It lives outside during the summer and is brought inside for the winter. Each winter it drops all its...

READ MORE

Plumeria – Care

Q: Two years ago I brought back a cutting of plumeria from Hawaii. It is in the shape of a capital “Y”. It rooted successfully and produced large green leaves at the end of each point of the “Y” but...

READ MORE

Bermudagrass – Mowing Correctly

Q: My yard is in great shape but my goal is to have shorter bermudagrass that stays green. I have tried to train it shorter but no matter what, when I cut it low, it is brown underneath. Some in...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress/Cryptomeria – Cercospora Leaf Spot

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READ MORE

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READ MORE

Hickory Horned Devil (Regal Moth)

Q: We found this huge green caterpillar near Lake Hartwell. I suspect it’s some type of moth. We took it to the local second grade “Show and Tell”. Hope it’s not deadly! The kids loved it! A: I’ve been WAITING...

READ MORE

Depth to Which the Ground Freezes

Q: How deep does the ground freeze in Georgia? This has a great bearing on what I can and can’t grow and also on what the depth of my irrigation pipes must be. A: Theresa Schrum replies in February 2005:...

READ MORE

Irrigation – Pumping from a Stream or Pond

Q: I have a creek that runs in the back of my property, roughly 12 – 22 inches deep. I would like to get some type of pump that I could use to water my lawn from the creek. The...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

READ MORE

Hops vine – Growing

Q: Is it possible to grow hops in Ga.? Could the vine be trained onto a trellis and grown in a pot on a deck? A: Hops flowers, as most know, are used to flavor beer. There once was thriving...

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

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