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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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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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  • Butterfly Bush – Blown Over

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Self-Watering Pots – Cold Weather Tolerance

Q: I use plastic self-watering pots inside copper decorative pots during the summer for my annual flowers. Can I plant pansies and ivy in the planters during the winter or will the pots freeze and crack? A: My guess is...

READ MORE

Seeds – How to Save Iris and Hosta

Q: In years past I have waited to harvest hosta and Siberian iris seed until after the pods have opened. How do you recommend saving them? A: There are lots of easy-to-collect seeds now. I have pods on my iris,...

READ MORE

Grapes – Wine Varieties Suitable for Small Spaces

Q: What variety of grapes for wine will grow well in a small yard? A: The University of Georgia recommends ‘Aurora’, ‘Delaware’ and ‘Norton’ for wine making in our area. The words “small yard” worry me. A very vigorous vine...

READ MORE

Pinto Beans – “Half Runners”

Q: What is a “half runner” pinto bean? A: Half-runner beans have a growth habit mid-way between bush beans and pole beans. Bush beans make short sprouts barely a foot long. Half-runners make sprouts around three feet long. Pole beans...

READ MORE

Trees – Watering Methods

Q: We’re in a big drought and I have to water my big oak and pecan trees. Is it necessary to move the water hose/sprinkler around the tree or is it okay to leave the hose on just one side...

READ MORE

Pruning Boxwoods

Q: Can you cut boxwoods down to the base of the trunk like holly bushes? When’s the best time? Neel A: If the boxwood is in good health, you can cut it back to 12″ tall in February and it...

READ MORE

Flowers That Will Bloom in November

Q: I’m looking for a variety of poppy that will bloom on November 11th, to honor the 100th anniversary of the First World War. In late summer I traveled around France and was surprised to see a field of wild...

READ MORE

Aerating – Spike Aerator

Q: I understand the importance and benefits of aerating a lawn. However, this year my neighbor bought an aerator made with spikes on a drum. What do you think? A: I think he won’t get much benefit from using a...

READ MORE

Blueberries – Planting in Canadian Peat Moss

Q: I’m buying blueberry bushes from a blueberry farm. They specifically want me to plant them in a Canadian peat moss mixture. What is the difference in Canadian peat moss and other peat moss? A: My guess is they want...

READ MORE

Conk (Mushroom) – On Tree Trunk

Q: What is this on a big tree on our property? It has a weird growth at the base What should we do about it? Should we knock it off? A: Well, I call it a conk. The experts call...

READ MORE

Butterfly Bush – Blown Over

Q: I’ve attached a picture of the damage done to my wife’s favorite butterfly bush by the wind last night. What can / should I do to make both the butterfly bush and my wife happy? A: The first job...

READ MORE

Squirrels – How Do They Get in Attic?

A neighbor recently reported that he could hear squirrels in his attic. The noises were most pronounced at dusk and at dawn, so I know they were gray squirrels, not flying squirrels (which make noise in the middle of the...

READ MORE

Bloody Dock – Identification

Q: I am wondering if bloody dock, Rumex sanguineus, will grow well here. Some say it is invasive but I like the color of its leaves. A: I bought some several years ago and it still pops up in my...

READ MORE

Repellex – Effectiveness

Q: I wondered if you’d gotten any feedback on the effectiveness of Repellex, especially to voles and bunnies. A: I asked folks to report to me their experiences with Repellex tablets, which contain capsaicin. Repellex (click for sources) Their replies...

READ MORE

Juniper – Pruning

Q: We moved to our new house 6 months ago. When we moved one of our two evergreens looked like it was having a rough time! We trimmed/pruned it the best we could. Now, that same spot looks the same,...

READ MORE

Tree Roots – Remove Retaining Wall

Q: I have a tree in my front yard that had a retaining wall around it. I noticed the blocks starting to rise on one side so I removed the blocks and this is what I found. Will this correct...

READ MORE

The Story of Bermudagrass – Dr. Glenn Burton

Glenn W. Burton, 95, a Nebraska farm boy who became a world-famous agronomist died Nov. 22, it was reported in Tifton, Ga.. Dr. Burton was born in Clatonia, Neb., and raised on a farm in Bartley, Neb. He was a...

READ MORE

Feral Pigs – Control

Q: Our garden has been completely rooted up by feral pigs coming up from a nearby river. Is there anything we can do beside build a fence? A: Before you do anything, call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to...

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