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Come With Me to Holland for the 2015 Tulip Festival!

This is going to be amazing! I have worked with my long-time tour company operators, Earthbound Expeditions, to charter a river cruise boat in late April, 2015 during the height of the tulip festival in Amsterdam! We will, of course, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, the world famous 79 acre flower park....

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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 me! Debbi D. comments...

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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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Bermudagrass – Mowing Correctly

Q: My yard is in great shape but my goal is to have shorter bermudagrass that stays green. I have tried to train it shorter but no matter what, when I cut it low, it is brown underneath. Some in...

READ MORE

Leyland Cypress/Cryptomeria – Cercospora Leaf Spot

Q: I have a long twenty-five foot tall Leyland cypress hedge. They were originally planted on four foot centers along my property line. They were very healthy until this summer, when die-off of needles began at one end of hedge....

READ MORE

Tree Reforestation Requirements

Q: I need to know what type of trees (and size) are allowed for reforestation requirements in DeKalb County. It would also be nice to have the same info for other counties (Fulton, Forsyth, Cobb). I was told that the...

READ MORE

Hickory Horned Devil (Regal Moth)

Q: We found this huge green caterpillar near Lake Hartwell. I suspect it’s some type of moth. We took it to the local second grade “Show and Tell”. Hope it’s not deadly! The kids loved it! A: I’ve been WAITING...

READ MORE

Depth to Which the Ground Freezes

Q: How deep does the ground freeze in Georgia? This has a great bearing on what I can and can’t grow and also on what the depth of my irrigation pipes must be. A: Theresa Schrum replies in February 2005:...

READ MORE

Irrigation – Pumping from a Stream or Pond

Q: I have a creek that runs in the back of my property, roughly 12 – 22 inches deep. I would like to get some type of pump that I could use to water my lawn from the creek. The...

READ MORE

Zoysia – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

READ MORE

Hops vine – Growing

Q: Is it possible to grow hops in Ga.? Could the vine be trained onto a trellis and grown in a pot on a deck? A: Hops flowers, as most know, are used to flavor beer. There once was thriving...

READ MORE

Bermuda – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

READ MORE

UGA Downloadable Plant List Publications

Finding the right plant for the right place can really be a chore! Fortunately, there are several excellent references that will help you find what you need. Try these University of Georgia publications first: Landscape Plants for Georgia a great...

READ MORE

Microstegium (Basketgrass, Stiltgrass, Eulalia) – Identification and Control

This grassy weed is common but it doesn’t yet have a widely accepted common name. Most gardeners refer to it as “That summer weed that I can easily pull out by huge handfuls but it still comes back!” Eulalia grass...

READ MORE

Lawn Fertilizer – Choosing

My son came home the other day complaining about his math assignment. “Why do I have to solve all these word problems?” he protested. “I’ll never need this long division when I grow up. I’ll use a calculator!” I thought...

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Georgia Pest Management Handbook

If you want to know the latest recommendations on the best pesticides to use in your landscape or garden, your first resource should be the Georgia Pest Management Handbook. It contains excellent list of pests and diseases that attack lawns,...

READ MORE

Fescue – Fertilizing

Fescue grass is a cool-season grass. It does the majority of its productive growth between September and June. For this reason, fertilizer applications should be concentrated in the fall, winter and early spring. The amount of fertilizer to apply should...

READ MORE

St Augustine – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

READ MORE

Garden Coach – Finding

Sometimes you just want someone to come over and suggest ways you could be a better gardener. You want someone to identify plants and give you ideas on other plants you could use. That person is called a garden coach....

READ MORE

Yellow Passionvine – Identification

Q: I have an unusual vine growing over a small azalea. It has leaves shaped somewhat like English Ivy, but it has small green flowers that have the form of a passionflower, and it is producing round fruit about halfway...

READ MORE

Kousa Dogwood – Bark Flaking Off

Q:  The bark is coming off my dogwood but the tree seems very healthy. I cannot see any bugs other than tiny ants . Is there any cause for concern? This tree has white flowers and blooms 2 to 3...

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

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 – 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