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Trip to England – 2017

It’s decided! I have always wanted to visit the Cotswolds in England. I’ve been to London, but when I was there, everyone said “Yes, the gardens here are outstanding but if you REALLY want to see the prettiest part of our country, don’t miss the Cotswolds!” So I’m going….and I’d...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn. I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what kind of fescue is best. It is not as important as you think it is, but everyone’s...

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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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Pine Beetles – Identification

Q: Can you identify what the goo is oozing from the trunk of a pine tree in my backyard? I would hate to have to remove the tree. A: The “goo” is hardened resin from the tree. It came out...

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Lavender – Dying in Pot

Q: We have been enjoying our potted lavender plant, but now it seems to be dying from the bottom up. We find no apparent cause! Can you please give us some suggestions after looking at the three attached pictures? A:...

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Yaupon Holly – Make Tea from Leaves

Yaupon holly is a native holly often used in urban landscapes. Native Americans also found it useful….but not for making their homes more attractive! The following is for information only! Yaupon Tea posted by Geoff This afternoon I made a...

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Spinosad – No Use on Collards, Kale, Mustard

Q: I called your radio show about the holes in my collard plants. You suggested I use B.t. for the caterpillars. The local nursery didn’t have B.t., but sold me a garden insecticide containing spinosad. When I read the label,...

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Cuba Trip – 2012 – Pictures

I recently returned from a trip to a country that has fascinated me since I read about it in Life Magazine when I was a kid: Cuba. Accompanied by 25 intrepid travelers, I was able to visit organic farms, lively streets...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Tour Group

I went to Cuba with 25 gardeners and other travelers. Most were from Georgia but others came from Washington State and Ohio. Back to Cuba Trip – 2012 Want to be notified when I take another trip? CLICK...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Cuban People

The Cuban literacy rate (99.8%) is higher than the United States’ rate (97%). Although not many people outside the tourist industry speak English, the natives were uniformly friendly, often blurting “We love the US…we just wish we could go there!”...

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Signs

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Gardens and Farms

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Cuba Trip 2012 – Transportation

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READ MORE

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Q: The attached photos are of a beautiful flowering plant that grows on the edge of the dam at the lake where I live. Do you know what it is? A: It looks like turtlehead, Chelone lyonii. This interesting native...

READ MORE

Avocado – Care After Sprouting

Q: I’ve been growing an avocado plant over the summer. I was advised to prune the original plant. Once I did, the stem stopped growing. The leafy branch pictured grew out of the original stalk after I pruned it. Should...

READ MORE

‘Limelight’ Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: We planted a Limelight hydrangea last year. The blooms are large but the stems are thin and weak. Could you suggest how and when I should prune this fella to get a bushier plant with stronger stems? A: ‘Limelight’...

READ MORE

Giant Ragweed – Identification

Q: I have a very strange plant that has apparently killed or is stunting kudzu on my vacant lot. This is not a joke. The kudzu began healthy as usual this year, but was suddenly—and I mean suddenly—overtaken and stunted...

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...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

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Lawn – Growing in Shade

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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...

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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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Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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