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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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“English Ivy Kills Trees” Sign – Who Places Them?

OK – my curiosity is killing me! Who puts up these signs at random spots around Atlanta? I’ve asked a number of arborists: No knowledge. I’ve posted it on Facebook; 21,000 people saw the post: lots of comments, but no answer. If you know, please email...

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Come With Me to Cuba – Oct 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. In...

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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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Shrub – Pruning Calendar

The Home & Garden section of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution published a very nice pruning calendar several years ago. When viewed on a sheet of newsprint, it was gorgeous. When reduced to fit onto a sheet of typing paper it was impossible to read. I imagine you didn’t keep...

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  • Rose Rosette Disease – Identification

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  • Rattlebox (Crotalaria) – Identification

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  • Weeds – Identification with Pictures

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    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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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Plant Irrigation – Bermudagrass

Q: I’m starting bermuda from seed. Is it true that you shouldn’t water in the evening when you’re starting your seed? When I water in the mornings, the ground dries by noon. A: Watering in the evening may keep the...

READ MORE

Windmill Palm – Transplanting

Q: I have a twelve-foot tall windmill palm and I want to keep it that height. What are your suggestions? A: Unfortunately, you can’t limit the height of a palm. These trees extend from a growth point at the top,...

READ MORE

Plant Propagation – Knock Out® Rose

Q: Can I get a cutting from a Knock Out®  rose to grow? If so, give me some tips. A: Strictly speaking, propagating a Knock Out®  rose is illegal. This plant, as well as many other roses and perennials, is patented. Companies...

READ MORE

Fertilizer – Substitutes

Q: I usually use 16-4-8 on my lawn but this year I can’t find this fertilizer. Do you have any substitutes? A: Any fertilizer that is sold for lawn use should work fine when applied at label directions. But you...

READ MORE

Trees – Shedding Bark in Summer

Q: Several trees in my front yard have the bark coming off. They are lush and full of leaves. I hope the trees are not sick. A: I’ve heard reports that several tree species, hickory and oak in particular, seem...

READ MORE

Plant Anchoring – Leyland Cypress

Q: During a heavy rain my Leyland cypress fell over. This has happened twice before. Each time, I anchored it with rope and thought roots would grow and stabilize the tree. What else should I do? A: It’s hard to...

READ MORE

Snakes – Identification

Q: I often see snakes sunning near my backyard creek. I don’t want to harm them but I sure would like to identify them. Are there any simple guides? A: You’re likely seeing various kinds of non-poisonous water snakes but...

READ MORE

Root Cellar – Practical?

Q: Is a root cellar practical in the deep South? A: I doubt it. In order to keep vegetables from rotting, the temperature in a root cellar needs to be 50 degrees or less with great air circulation. Deep soil...

READ MORE

Roses – Garden Designs

Q: I have a large but bare backyard. I’ve fallen in love with roses and want to start planting them but how do I design or decide where to put them? A: You need the services of a consulting rosarian....

READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass – Seed Stalks

Q: I have St. Augustine grass and it has grown seed stalks. Which part is the seed and can I plant them? A: Unfortunately, St Augustinegrass does not produce fertile seed from those seed stalks.  The St. Augustine grass we...

READ MORE

Thorny Plants – For Property Lines

Q: Our HOA is trying to keep people from climbing over the fence to get through our property. Can you give us the names of some thorny, sticky, prickly shrubs to make it unappealing? A: Chinese holly, barberry, Knock Out...

READ MORE

Rose Rosette Disease – Identification

Q: What do you know about rose rosette disease? A: I know it can be devastating to roses and will be extremely hard to control if it becomes widespread in Georgia. The disease causes very red foliage and stems, copious...

READ MORE

Rattlebox (Crotalaria) – Identification

Q: What is this plant with brown seed pods that look like English pea pods? A: Native plant expert Theresa Schrum says this is showy rattlebox, Crotalaria spectabilis. If you shake the dry pods you’ll immediately hear why it got...

READ MORE

Panicle Hydrangea – Identification

Q: I have a house with this hydrangea looking tree. The flower looks like a hydrangea’s flower. Do you know what it is? A: It is indeed a hydrangea: Hydrangea paniculata. There is one particular variety of panicle hydrangea called...

READ MORE

Flying Aphids – In Fall

Q: I have gnat-type flying insect swarming in my backyard. What type of insect would be flying this late in the year? A: My bet, based on experience from previous years, is that the things are the winged form of...

READ MORE

Tomato – Grafting

Q: What do you know about grafting tomatoes? I hear you can graft an heirloom variety to a disease-resistant modern variety and get good results. A: You are exactly correct on the good results from grafting. The process has been...

READ MORE

Sasanqua Camellia and Japanese Camellia – Identification

Q: What is the difference between sasanqua camellia and Japanese camellia? A: Sasanqua camellia, Camellia sasanqua and Japanese camellia, Camellia japonica, are the two camellia species most often cultivated in the South. There are more than 200 species of camellia,...

READ MORE

Holiday Book Sale – 2011!

If you’re looking for a great gift for a gardener, why not a book that will help them achieve success?! I have authored or co-authored several books that are specific for Georgia….perfect for the first time gardener or someone who...

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

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 – 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

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