March 31, 2010
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The Extension office receives a multitude of calls from residents who have questions on a variety of issues of concern to them. Frequently, we receive multiple calls inquiring on how to solve the same or similar issues. Periodically this column will address some of the most common questions asked and provide answers to them that will help readers who may also be dealing with these issues.
Native azaleas are a worthy addition to the garden. When planted and maintained correctly, they will resist pests and bring beauty to the garden.
Selecting healthy, high quality plants at the nursery prior to purchasing and planting is the most important component to having attractive landscape plants. By carefully examining the plants for the previously described problems will help prevent future problems.
One of the most important components of controlling bamboo is to avoid planting it. Prevent it from becoming established and encourage your neighbors not to plant it. However, for existing infestations, controlling it may seem like an impossible task, but persistence will eventually get rid of it.
A few simple actions can help reduce the nuisance effects of mosquitoes. While they cannot be totally eradicated from an area, their impact can be minimized.
Scented geraniums are low-maintenance plants with attractive features that add fragrance to the garden throughout the growing season. They might be the perfect plants to provide extra interest in your garden this year.
Even with have limited space, growing vegetables in containers can be quite rewarding. If given proper care, they will provide a bountiful harvest.
The choice of a landscape contractor or lawn care service will depend on many aspects. You should consult with several firms before making a final decision, and do not allow the price alone to determine to influence your final choice. Remember, your home landscape is long term investment.
The best course of action is to wait until the warmer months for the planting of sod to improve the chances of it surviving and becoming established.
With the disease resistant hybrids of the American chestnut being developed, perhaps by the end of this century, the forests of the eastern United States will once again have large populations of these wonderful trees.
Although bed bugs are quite rare in comparison to other household pests, reports of infestations of them are on the increase. Becoming familiar with them can help to avoid infestation or at least prompt earlier intervention by a professional.
Crape myrtles are a positive addition to the home landscape. They will be healthier and produce an abundance of colorful blossoms throughout the summer if properly pruned.
With some understanding of the habitats of birds, you can attract a variety of species to your yard. They can be very entertaining to observe.
Perennials, if properly planted and maintained, will provide beauty for years to come. No garden would be complete without them.
The intensity of fall leaf color and times of the change of color will vary each year due to the weather and growing conditions. Again, you can go to the mountains, but there are plenty of opportunities locally to enjoy one of nature's greatest shows of beauty.
An aquarium can be a source of beauty and interest to the indoors. If properly installed and provided with the appropriate care, their presence can be a great asset to your home or office.
Unfortunately there is no "silver bullet" available for controlling indoor invasions of the Asian lady beetle and kudzu bug. A combination of vacuum cleaning, sealing entry points on structures, and insecticide applications to the outside of the structure will help reduce infestations.
Leyland cypress trees can be a great addition to the landscape if properly planted and maintained. However, this tree is rapidly becoming one of the most troublesome trees in Georgia. Due to improper planting and overuse, Leylands may go the way of plants such as the red tip photinia.
With proper preparation, planning, and using the appropriate cultural methods to maintain fescue, you can have an attractive and healthy lawn.
Fall is the optimum time of the year to plant trees, shrubs, and many types of perennials. The cooler weather conditions allow for the plant to become better established in the landscape since they are under less stress.
Palm trees are not limited to regions with tropical climates. If given proper care, they will thrive and will add interest to the home landscape.
Even though kudzu is invasive and grows aggressively, it can be brought under control. By using the proper removal techniques, the vine can be reduced or eliminated from your property over time.
Butterfly gardens are interesting to plant and observe. These gardens are a worthy addition to the home landscape.
Sinkholes in Georgia are different than those in Florida, but still require care to fix.
Trees are easy to maintain and an assett to any yard.
A certified Aborist can help you ensure your trees stay strong and healthy.
Careful planning for optimal sunlight and the best conditions can lead to a healthy haul of vegetables.
Applying water properly is good for both the plants and the environment.
Vines are an assett to any yard. When choosing plants for their gardens, many people frequently overlook the many attributes of vines. They are some of the most versatile and beautiful plants.
Sapsuckers are an interesting animal, but for all their action they don't cause many problems for the trees they spend time in.
There are positives and negatives to organic gardening, but understanding the concept is the key.
You can reduce the impact of these pests by taking proper precautions.
When it comes to low maintanence plantings for your grden, ornamental grasses are a great choice.
When selecting plants and where to place them, take into account how big they will grow in five to 10 years.
There are several varities to choose from.
Proper tree care can add value to your property.
Fetilization should be reduced by half during the colder season.
I recently observed a landscape company installing bermuda sod to a lawn in my subdivision. It was brown and in a dormant state due to the cold temperatures. The question arises as to whether or not sod installed in winter will survive and green up the following spring.. Transplanting warm
After infestation, only recourse is to remove tree.
The pros and cons of buying a pre-cut tree or cutting your own.
Pest has spread from Georgia to the Carolinas and Alabama.
One of the greatest things about gardening in Georgia is the sheer number of native plants that are found here. Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states in the country with nearly 3000 species of trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers and groundcovers. The potential for the use of native
Very few people have ever experienced a bed bug infestation. Until recently, they were quite rare in the United States. These insects were common in our nation prior to World War II. Afterward, the widespread use of synthetic insecticides, such as DDT, as well as improvements in household and personal
Rain barrels provide good way to water landscape.
During winter, lawns can become infested with numerous weeds which can be just as troublesome as warm weather weeds. Fall is the best time to take pre-emptive action to control them and reduce their numbers.. Winter annual weeds, such as annual bluegrass, henbit, common chickweed and others, begin to
The fall season will be here soon, so now is the time to start planting fall vegetables, such as broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, turnips, onions and others. Late August, September and October are the best time to plant them. The weather will be starting to cool down but the temperatures
Proper landscaping protects bodies of water.
The application of mulch is an important cultural practice in the home landscape.
St. Augustine grass is an attractive turfgrass that has large flat stems and broad coarse blue-green leaves.
Mosquitoes are quite troublesome throughout the summer and interfere with outdoor activities. They are more than just an irritating annoyance because they can spread diseases.
Since ancient times, herbs have been used for food, fragrance, medicine and flower arrangements. Herbs have excellent ornamental features and help beautify your landscape.
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetable garden plants. They are relatively easy to grow and are an excellent choice for gardeners with limited space. Each plant has the potential to yield 10 to 15 pounds or more of fruit when given the proper care.
Throughout the year, a variety of pests can potentially plague both our homes and gardens. To remedy the problem, homeowners will purchase chemical pesticides.
One of the most popular flowering trees over the past few decades has been the Bradford pear tree. They have been planted extensively by homeowners and landscapers for their rapid growth, beautiful pyramidal form, white spring flowers and colorful fall foliage. These trees have the ability to grow in all types of environmental conditions and are pest resistant.
One of the most important lawn care tasks in early spring is the application of pre-emergent herbicides (weed killers) to prevent weed seeds from germinating. They are commonly used for controlling summer annual grasses, such as crabgrass, goosegrass, and other lawn weeds. The pre-emergents will not control established emerged weeds.
In winter, many homeowners become concerned about the potential damage of the cold weather on their landscape plants. However, most of the woody ornamental trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines and herbaceous perennials sold at local nurseries are capable of surviving very cold temperatures.