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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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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Freeze Damage – Identifying

The damage from cold weather sometimes doesn’t show up for several days or even weeks. Diagnosing the problem is part memory and part detective work. Suspect cold damage when branch tips do not leaf out but lower parts of the...

READ MORE

Protecting Plants from a Spring Cold Snap

Georgia is famous for spells of warm weather in early spring that are followed by a couple of days below freezing. The average last freeze is March 27 but a frost can occur as late as April 23. (Brrrr!!) If...

READ MORE

Daryl Pulis’ Comments on Hardiness Zones

Daryl Pulis’ Comments on Hardiness Zones If I remember correctly, the proposed 2003 AHS Zone map was such a mess that it was recalled before the USDA would put its stamp on it. Tony Avent is on the committee for...

READ MORE

Mary Kay Woodworth’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Mary Kay Woodworth’s Comments on Hardiness Zones For the cautious and new gardener, I stick with 7b, but also suggest to try what you will. At some point gardeners will have that “come to Jesus” moment and acknowledge that pushing...

READ MORE

Theresa Schrum’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Theresa Schrum’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I currently tell people that if they live inside the perimeter or in south metro Atlanta, they can consider themselves 8a and those north of line running across Cobb to Gwinnett Counties are in...

READ MORE

Tara Dillard’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Tara Dillard’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I’ve always thought the map zones were bogus for our area. Designing heavily from south Dekalb to north Fulton, I know plants that will do well in my part of DeKalb but not in...

READ MORE

Shannon Pable’s Comments on Hardiness Zones

Shannon Pable’s Comments on Hardiness Zones I typically refer to the 11 zone, 1960 map since that’s what is still being used on most plant labels and in reference material. I usually err on the side of being conservative and...

READ MORE

Drought – Watering Trees

Plants must have water to survive. Water in a plant is like blood in an animal. Water carries dissolved nutrients, sugars and hormones throughout the plant’s system. Some plants can go for long periods receiving only minimal water. Others require...

READ MORE

Wood Chips – Myths & Facts

I believe my third grade friend Thomas Robinson told me my first urban legend. With all the solemn believability a nine-year old could muster, he recounted the story of the Doberman found choking on two severed fingers. “It really happened!”...

READ MORE

Pond – Winter care

Q: I have two small fish ponds that are connected. One is three feet deep and the other is about a foot deep. I have a pump that circulates the water between them. In cold weather, should I run the...

READ MORE

Pond – Plants for Ponds

There are three kinds of plants for ponds and most ponds need all three. Underwater plants, like anacharis, elodea and fanwort provide oxygen directly into the water. They soak up excess nutrients from fish waste. Emergent plants, such as cattail,...

READ MORE

Pond – Low Oxygen Levels

High temperatures can wreak havoc in fish ponds warns George Lewis, Extension Fisheries Specialist. Warm water can hold much less dissolved oxygen than cool water. Dry weather also causes some ponds to be lower than normal. The combination can be...

READ MORE

Bog – Building

It has gotten harder and harder to impress my son. Although he is nearly nine, I can still remember how excited he would become when we uncovered a worm in our garden. Now the only thing that reliably brings a...

READ MORE

Native Plants – For Georgia

Although not every native plant is drought-tolerant or carefree, their main advantage is that they are more adapted to our heat and humidity. Many are just as colorful as common non-native plants you’d find at a garden center. The University...

READ MORE

Drought Tolerant Plants

During drought, it is natural to consider installing plants that are “drought tolerant”. But how do you judge drought tolerance? Experienced gardeners have learned that once established and with proper cultural practices, virtually all plant material recommended for use in...

READ MORE

Animal-named Plants

A readers recently posed an unusual question: “I am preparing a class for child care providers on growing a Zoo Garden. I need a list of plants that have the name of an animal, i.e. Lamb’s Ear. I want to...

READ MORE

Plants with Colorful Fruits and Berries

TREES Citrus Full sun Cornelian cherry Cornus mas Full sun / half sun Crabapple Malus Full sun Dogwood Cornus kousa & C. florida Full sun / half sun Eastern red cedar Juniperus virginiana Full sun / half sun Fringe Tree...

READ MORE

Plants for Screening

When I was a kid, we had no need for screen plants around our house. Our rural neighbors were a minimum of one hundred yards away in every direction. If they chose to put their truck up on cinderblocks in...

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