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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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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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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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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, then choose your method of weed control. Remember: healthy, vigorous...

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  • Pine Cones – Why So Few

    Q: I have several pine trees on our property. Some have pine cones… but others do not! The trees here are side by side. Can you explain the difference? A: Pine cones don’t all drop in the fall. In fact,...

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  • Cumberland False Rosemary – Growing

    Q: I inherited a Cumberland false rosemary planted in a large outdoor pot. Can this plant survive planted in the ground here? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) says Cumberland false rosemary, Conradina verticillata, naturally grows in sandy soil...

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  • Dung Beetles – For Cleaning Up Dog Droppings

    Q: Recently I saw a show on TV that described dung beetles. Since gardeners buy ladybugs to eat aphids, I wondered if it would be possible to buy dung beetles to clean up my dog run. A: Your question might...

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  • Nandina – Poisonous to Cedar Waxwings

    Q: Did you know that nandina berries are poisonous to cedar waxwings? A: A recent observation of mass death among cedar waxwings was followed by a veterinary necropsy. The doctors found huge amounts of nandina berries in the cedar waxwing...

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  • Banana – Trimming in Winter

    Q: With the mild winter we had, I never felt the need to cut my banana trees back. I have 4 stalks about 6′ tall that are now sprouting leaves. I did trim off the dead leaves to clean them...

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  • Walkingstick Kale – Identification

    Q: We saw an amazing garden in France at a chateau. Could you tell me what is the tall plant with large leaves? A: Vegetable expert Daryl Pulis (www.mrsgreenthumb.com) says it’s walking stick kale, Brassica oleracea var. longata, also known...

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  • Rats – Eating Pansies

    Q: I have pansies in a planter on my deck about 4 feet off the ground. The plants kept disappearing overnight so I placed my game camera nearby. I put some cut off celery leaf tops and broccoli flowerets as...

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  • Plants for Soggy Shade

    Q: I have absolutely no lawn or plant experience. My unit is a corner of the building. The north side gets no direct sunlight and the east side has sun in the morning. For some reason the soil around the...

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  • Evergreen Tree – Pruning

    Q: I planted these trees years ago to serve as a border between our house and our neighbor. They have grown to be a little wider than I had anticipated. Would it hurt them to cut them back so that...

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  • Alabama Jumper Earthworms – Not Recommended

    Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

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  • Hummingbirds – Plants For Attracting

    Few creatures in the landscape are as exciting as a hummingbird. The mysterious hum, the darting back and forth, the tiny size all make the bird a thrill to watch. If you want more hummingbirds in your landscape, plant some...

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  • Sweetgum – Positive Characteristics

    Q: I saw the posting about your aggravation with sweetgum trees. They have three other rather aggravating traits. The green balls are formidable projectiles when encountered by a lawn mower. The wood is almost impossible to split and then it...

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  • Winter Weeds – Wiping on Herbicide

    It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) or an organic non-selective weed killer (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...

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  • Longhorn Borer – In Maple

    Q: This grub and small ants are in the crotch of my large maple tree. What type of grub is it? How should I treat it? A: This is one of the many bark borers that afflict trees. It may...

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  • Liriope – Crown Rot in Drain Area

    Q: We used to have a full, strong area of Liriope in our front yard. Beginning last year we began to see indications of the growth dying and patches showing up. The grass itself appears to have lost strength and...

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  • Citrus Trees – In McDonough

    Q: I have four orange trees in McDonough. The three trees by the driveway are about 18′. I have pruned the other one to about 12′. A: Wow! Due to the egg-shape of the fruit and the plants’ cold-hardiness, I...

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  • Okra – Pruning

    Q: I have always wanted to plant some okra. I once visited a vegetable farm where the farmer was pruning his okra. It looked as it was setting the pods closer together with this practice and was much easier to...

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  • Bradford Pear – Is Topping OK?

    Q: I have two mature Bradford pear trees on my property and they have always been very large. Each tree has several limbs growing from the base and the tree height is above the street light in our neighborhood. I’m...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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Pine Cones – Why So Few

Q: I have several pine trees on our property. Some have pine cones… but others do not! The trees here are side by side. Can you explain the difference? A: Pine cones don’t all drop in the fall. In fact,...

READ MORE

Cumberland False Rosemary – Growing

Q: I inherited a Cumberland false rosemary planted in a large outdoor pot. Can this plant survive planted in the ground here? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) says Cumberland false rosemary, Conradina verticillata, naturally grows in sandy soil...

READ MORE

Dung Beetles – For Cleaning Up Dog Droppings

Q: Recently I saw a show on TV that described dung beetles. Since gardeners buy ladybugs to eat aphids, I wondered if it would be possible to buy dung beetles to clean up my dog run. A: Your question might...

READ MORE

Nandina – Poisonous to Cedar Waxwings

Q: Did you know that nandina berries are poisonous to cedar waxwings? A: A recent observation of mass death among cedar waxwings was followed by a veterinary necropsy. The doctors found huge amounts of nandina berries in the cedar waxwing...

READ MORE

Banana – Trimming in Winter

Q: With the mild winter we had, I never felt the need to cut my banana trees back. I have 4 stalks about 6′ tall that are now sprouting leaves. I did trim off the dead leaves to clean them...

READ MORE

Walkingstick Kale – Identification

Q: We saw an amazing garden in France at a chateau. Could you tell me what is the tall plant with large leaves? A: Vegetable expert Daryl Pulis (www.mrsgreenthumb.com) says it’s walking stick kale, Brassica oleracea var. longata, also known...

READ MORE

Rats – Eating Pansies

Q: I have pansies in a planter on my deck about 4 feet off the ground. The plants kept disappearing overnight so I placed my game camera nearby. I put some cut off celery leaf tops and broccoli flowerets as...

READ MORE

Plants for Soggy Shade

Q: I have absolutely no lawn or plant experience. My unit is a corner of the building. The north side gets no direct sunlight and the east side has sun in the morning. For some reason the soil around the...

READ MORE

Evergreen Tree – Pruning

Q: I planted these trees years ago to serve as a border between our house and our neighbor. They have grown to be a little wider than I had anticipated. Would it hurt them to cut them back so that...

READ MORE

Alabama Jumper Earthworms – Not Recommended

Q: I have been told that Alabama Jumper earthworms are the best type of worms to help aerate red clay. Is this true? A: Although we think of earthworms as always good for the garden, such is not always so....

READ MORE

Hummingbirds – Plants For Attracting

Few creatures in the landscape are as exciting as a hummingbird. The mysterious hum, the darting back and forth, the tiny size all make the bird a thrill to watch. If you want more hummingbirds in your landscape, plant some...

READ MORE

Sweetgum – Positive Characteristics

Q: I saw the posting about your aggravation with sweetgum trees. They have three other rather aggravating traits. The green balls are formidable projectiles when encountered by a lawn mower. The wood is almost impossible to split and then it...

READ MORE

Winter Weeds – Wiping on Herbicide

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) or an organic non-selective weed killer (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...

READ MORE

Longhorn Borer – In Maple

Q: This grub and small ants are in the crotch of my large maple tree. What type of grub is it? How should I treat it? A: This is one of the many bark borers that afflict trees. It may...

READ MORE

Liriope – Crown Rot in Drain Area

Q: We used to have a full, strong area of Liriope in our front yard. Beginning last year we began to see indications of the growth dying and patches showing up. The grass itself appears to have lost strength and...

READ MORE

Citrus Trees – In McDonough

Q: I have four orange trees in McDonough. The three trees by the driveway are about 18′. I have pruned the other one to about 12′. A: Wow! Due to the egg-shape of the fruit and the plants’ cold-hardiness, I...

READ MORE

Okra – Pruning

Q: I have always wanted to plant some okra. I once visited a vegetable farm where the farmer was pruning his okra. It looked as it was setting the pods closer together with this practice and was much easier to...

READ MORE

Bradford Pear – Is Topping OK?

Q: I have two mature Bradford pear trees on my property and they have always been very large. Each tree has several limbs growing from the base and the tree height is above the street light in our neighborhood. I’m...

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 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

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