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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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  • Capers – Growing

    Q: Can you grow capers in Georgia? A: I enjoy capers on my pasta but I’ve had no experience growing them. I consulted a friend who has lived and traveled in Italy. She says capers are the pickled buds of...

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  • Bees Balm – Transplant

    Q: My patch of bees balm has been especially beautiful this summer. However, it has taken over a large portion of my perennial bed. When and how I should transplant? A: Now that blooms have faded in August, cut the...

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  • Cottonseed Meal – Available At Feed Stores

    Q: Will cottonseed meal from a feed store work the same as the cottonseed meal I purchased from a garden center? It is much cheaper at the feed store. A: They are exactly the same thing. Products sold for fertilizer...

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  • White Clover – Weed Control

    Q: Our problem (or my husband’s problem) is the white clover in our two-acre fescue lawn. This is the first time in years that we haven’t fertilized our yard. This year clover is completely outta control. A: My guess is...

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  • Vegetable Planting – Calendar

    Q: Where can I get a vegetable planting calender? My husband and I are trying to start a small locally grown market garden and we need to plant fall crops. A: I’ve collected several links to publications from the University...

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  • Irish Potato Plants – When To Harvest

    Q:  We are growing Irish potatoes in tires. What does it mean when the vine is blooming in June? A: Flowers on a potato plant mean the tubers are almost ready to harvest. The leaves and stems will start yellowing...

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  • Extra Vegetables – Donation

    Q: Where can I donate surplus fresh vegetables from my garden? A: Fred Conrad at the Atlanta Community Food Bank coordinates the Plant A Row For The Hungry campaign. He says their website, www.acfb.org,  has a list of central sites...

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  • Fireflies – Recent Activity

    Q: Over the last weeks the fireflies have been amazing!  They seem to be flying higher than normal and are flashing rapidly. Any reason for this? A: This is a great year for fireflies due to the abundant rain last...

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  • Raspberries – Cutting Canes

    Q: My Dorman Red raspberries produced a great harvest this year. Should I cut the old canes down to the ground after all of the berries are picked? A: Raspberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow in Georgia....

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  • Plant Color – Fertilizer On Petunias

    Q: I have four petunia hanging baskets. The foliage has turned light green the last few days. I water daily but how do I keep the deep green foliage? A: If you’re using water-soluble houseplant fertilizer on the petunias, apply...

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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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Trees – Shedding Bark in Summer

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  • Plant Anchoring – Leyland Cypress

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Lawn – Leveling

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  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • POPULAR ARTICLES

Capers – Growing

Q: Can you grow capers in Georgia? A: I enjoy capers on my pasta but I’ve had no experience growing them. I consulted a friend who has lived and traveled in Italy. She says capers are the pickled buds of...

READ MORE

Bees Balm – Transplant

Q: My patch of bees balm has been especially beautiful this summer. However, it has taken over a large portion of my perennial bed. When and how I should transplant? A: Now that blooms have faded in August, cut the...

READ MORE

Cottonseed Meal – Available At Feed Stores

Q: Will cottonseed meal from a feed store work the same as the cottonseed meal I purchased from a garden center? It is much cheaper at the feed store. A: They are exactly the same thing. Products sold for fertilizer...

READ MORE

White Clover – Weed Control

Q: Our problem (or my husband’s problem) is the white clover in our two-acre fescue lawn. This is the first time in years that we haven’t fertilized our yard. This year clover is completely outta control. A: My guess is...

READ MORE

Vegetable Planting – Calendar

Q: Where can I get a vegetable planting calender? My husband and I are trying to start a small locally grown market garden and we need to plant fall crops. A: I’ve collected several links to publications from the University...

READ MORE

Irish Potato Plants – When To Harvest

Q:  We are growing Irish potatoes in tires. What does it mean when the vine is blooming in June? A: Flowers on a potato plant mean the tubers are almost ready to harvest. The leaves and stems will start yellowing...

READ MORE

Extra Vegetables – Donation

Q: Where can I donate surplus fresh vegetables from my garden? A: Fred Conrad at the Atlanta Community Food Bank coordinates the Plant A Row For The Hungry campaign. He says their website, www.acfb.org,  has a list of central sites...

READ MORE

Fireflies – Recent Activity

Q: Over the last weeks the fireflies have been amazing!  They seem to be flying higher than normal and are flashing rapidly. Any reason for this? A: This is a great year for fireflies due to the abundant rain last...

READ MORE

Raspberries – Cutting Canes

Q: My Dorman Red raspberries produced a great harvest this year. Should I cut the old canes down to the ground after all of the berries are picked? A: Raspberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow in Georgia....

READ MORE

Plant Color – Fertilizer On Petunias

Q: I have four petunia hanging baskets. The foliage has turned light green the last few days. I water daily but how do I keep the deep green foliage? A: If you’re using water-soluble houseplant fertilizer on the petunias, apply...

READ MORE

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

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

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