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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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    Q: I have tulip bulbs in big pots on my deck and patio. Do you think the bulbs, if frozen, will bloom in the spring? A: Tulips come through the winter unscathed in Minnesota, where the ground freezes solid in...

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  • South Africa Trip 2014 – Places and Things

    I love keeping my eyes out for new things and odd signs in other countries. Check these out! Return to South Africa Trip –...

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  • South Africa Trip 2014 – Plants

    It was fascinating to see how many South African plants are also grown in the South: hydrangea, agapanthus, crapemyrtle, sweetgum and oaks, to name a few. Many of our familiar garden plants are native to Africa: gladiolus, gardenia, Gerber daisy,...

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    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...

    READ MORE

  • Ferns – Pre-emergent to Control Weeds

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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,...

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  • Brown Patch – Diagnosing

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Lawn – Growing in Shade

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Pansies – Killed by Cold?

Q: My pansies seem to have died in the recent cold spell. They were planted in an old wagon. Is there any chance they can revive or should I just ditch them? A: They will survive but they won’t look...

READ MORE

Squirrel Damage – Snowball Viburnum

Q: What can we do to save this big snowball bush? A: I think the damage is caused by squirrels enlarging the holes made by sapsucker woodpeckers. It’s serious but I don’t think you can do much to deter the...

READ MORE

Bee-friendly Flowers – What Blooms When

Q: I have nine hives and am a member of a local beekeepers club. We need to know what bee-friendly plants are blooming when. A: I well remember my beekeeper father moving his hives from place to place to take...

READ MORE

Potting Soil – Combustible?

Q: Can potting soil burn or spontaneously combust? A: Potting soil is composed of combustible materials like peat and shredded wood fiber so I’m sure it can burn if exposed to something hot, like a cigar or a stick of...

READ MORE

Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus – Identification

Q: What in the world is wrong with my tomatoes? A: I sent your pictures to the UGA Plant Disease lab in Athens. The diagnostician says it’s tomato spotted wilt virus. See Tomato Spotted Wilt...

READ MORE

Windmill Palm – Cold Damage

Q: I have a three-year-old windmill palm near our pool. It has been growing great, but during our very cold snap I draped it with a tarp for a day. When I removed the tarp, the fronds were brown and...

READ MORE

Lemon – Growing from Seed

Q: We grew a lemon tree from a seed, it’s a bush now but it has not bloomed. Does it take more than one plant to produce fruit? A: Some citrus trees won’t bloom until they get pretty big. My...

READ MORE

Timber Bamboo – Not Cold Hardy

Q: This spring, I intend to plant several giant timber bamboo plants. What kind of spacing do you recommend for planting this clumping bamboo? I read online that this type of bamboo grows in zones 8-10. Adam A., Kennesaw A:...

READ MORE

Tulip Bulbs – Frozen in Pots

Q: I have tulip bulbs in big pots on my deck and patio. Do you think the bulbs, if frozen, will bloom in the spring? A: Tulips come through the winter unscathed in Minnesota, where the ground freezes solid in...

READ MORE

Rain Barrels – Uneconomical?

Q: I plan to buy two sixty-five gallon rain barrels to collect spring rainwater. In July when everything is dry, I will use it to water my fruit trees. How can I keep the water from becoming stagnant?  A: Add...

READ MORE

South Africa Trip 2014 – Places and Things

I love keeping my eyes out for new things and odd signs in other countries. Check these out! Return to South Africa Trip –...

READ MORE

South Africa Trip 2014 – Plants

It was fascinating to see how many South African plants are also grown in the South: hydrangea, agapanthus, crapemyrtle, sweetgum and oaks, to name a few. Many of our familiar garden plants are native to Africa: gladiolus, gardenia, Gerber daisy,...

READ MORE

South Africa Trip 2014 – Animals

South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, so the further South you go, the colder it gets. That explains the penguins near the Cape of Good Hope! The Pilanesberg Game Reserve covers 215 square miles and contains 7000 South African...

READ MORE

South Africa Trip – 2014

I recently returned from another great trip to South Africa. We visited gardens in Johannesburg, wineries in Stellenbosch and the vibrant city of Capetown plus a couple of nights at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, to see African animals in the...

READ MORE

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...

READ MORE

Ferns – Pre-emergent to Control Weeds

Q: I have assorted native ferns in my landscape. It’s beautiful until June when weeds start to overgrow them. Can I put down pre-emergent weed control without hurting the ferns? A: I don’t think pre-emergents have been tested on ferns....

READ MORE

Blueberry – Best Planting Tips

Q: My neighbor is giving me fifteen of her blueberry bushes. I’m moving them from a partial shade area to a full sun area. When is the best time to move them? A: Now is a great time! I have...

READ MORE

Cold Damage – Wait To Determine

Q: My mock orange plants are a bit brown after the big freeze. What should I do now, if anything? A: (written after 6 degree cold in 2014) All you can do is wait. On several shrubs (Indica azalea, pittosporum,...

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