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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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READ MORE

How to Use the Search Line

It’s best to type in only a couple of words, with the first word being the plant or insect or animal you’re trying to find more about. Good search words might be: tomato disease or lawn weed or squirrel. Avoid...

READ MORE

Better Boy Tomato – Defined

Q: What is the difference between a Better Boy tomato plant and a Hybrid Better Boy? A: By definition, they are the same plant. According to Gerald Klingaman, retired Extension Horticulturist in Arkansas, ‘Better Boy’ was hybridized in 1942 by...

READ MORE

Blueberry – Mummy Berry Disease

Q: I have a long row of mature blueberry plants. For the past two years, all of my berries have turned brown and dropped just prior to maturing. I theorized this was mummy berry disease so I replaced all the...

READ MORE

How to Use Name That Plant

If you want a plant (or an insect or an animal) identified, you can submit it with the link over there on the right side. You can upload pictures and your notes on where you saw it. Then EVERYONE can...

READ MORE

Masked chafer – Identification

Q: What is this insect that flies around my porch light? A: Masked chafer, the adult form of the white grubs you see in the soil when you dig in...

READ MORE

Subscribing to Walter’s Newsletter

The “Georgia Gardener” emailed newsletter is sent out every two weeks, usually on Thursday mornings. It is distributed by NewsTalk 750 – WSB, which maintains the subscriber list. They have a stringent corporate privacy policy that makes sure you will...

READ MORE

Cedar – Hawthorn Rust – Identification

Q: My hawthorn tree has a lot of berries but most have rust colored, short, stringy things covering them. I recently sprayed the tree with water and plumes of orange dust came off it. A: Your tree is afflicted with...

READ MORE

Yellowstriped Armyworm – Identification

Q: I’ve had great success with my tomatoes this year.  Lately we’ve had tomatoes with holes in them and one that I cut open had a green worm on the inside! I believe it to be an Army Worm. Is...

READ MORE

Lawn Insecticides

Lawn insecticides are labeled for controlling insects in a lawn. The insecticide may be a bait or a broadcast product. Synthetic (non-organic) insecticides are usually pyrethroid chemicals. These chemicals originated in the organic insecticide pyrethrin. Pyrethroids are chemivals that have...

READ MORE

Echeveria – Identification

Q: Can you identify this plant? The base (the rosette looking part) is about 9 inches across. A: Tropical plant expert Winston Eason says it initially looked like Aeonium ‘Garnet’. However, on further reflection we now think it is Echeveria ‘Duchess...

READ MORE

Plants for Shade

These plants tolerate some amount of shade but a host of other factors (soil type, exposure, soil moisture, etc) determine long term success. Do research before you plant. Shrubs: azalea, aucuba, mahonia, Japanese plum yew, hydrangea, fatsia, cherrylaurel, corylopsis, mountain...

READ MORE

Finding Walter’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution Articles Online

Q: How can I find your gardening questions and answers articles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution? A: Unfortunately, the AJC does not post  my articles on the “free” public part of their website. You have to have an inexpensive digital subscription...

READ MORE

Crabapples – Resistant to Fireblight

Q: Our favorite crab apple tree has finally succumbed to fireblight. We will be cutting it down and looking to replace it with another tree. Due to the difficulty of getting rid of the blight, is it safe to replace...

READ MORE

Jewels of Opar – Identification

Q: Can you identify this plant? A: Garden coach Daryl Pulis says Jewels of Opar: Talinum paniculatum. Generally considered a nasty weed unfortunately sold as an ornamental. Jewels of...

READ MORE

Agapanthus – Blister Beetle

Q: I live in Levy County, Florida, near Gainesville. We have agapanthus under live oak trees and in beds with hydrangeas and azaleas mulched with pine straw and nightly irrigation, as we have high, dry sandy soil. Yesterday the agapanthus...

READ MORE

Extension Offices – Odd Questions

University of Georgia Extension offices are sometimes the place of last resort for people with odd questions. Extension agents and their assistants sometimes, however, get questions just a bit beyond the pale. Aaron Lancaster, Extension agent in Bibb county, posed...

READ MORE

Rat – Chewing Tree Bark

Paul H. solved his own tree mystery. I’ll allow his words to tell the tale: “In August I sent you an e-mail concerning a problem I was experiencing with my Yoshino cherry trees. As I explained, the bark was being...

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