Do you have trees and shrubs in your landscape that you feel would be more attractive in another place? Are you considering moving them? Transplanting established plant material is a low-cost way of changing the appearance of your home landscape.
Home and Garden columnist Tim Daly answeres questions about various concerns of the season.
By selecting plants that are suited to the site where they will be planted, many troubles can be avoided. The plants will be healthier, more attractive, fit their site better, be easier to maintain, and be less prone to insect and disease problems.
Although many homes have gas fireplaces, wood is used in others. When getting wood for it, you should only use local sources.
With the holiday season upon us, many of us are planning our holiday dinners with family and friends. Turkey, dressing, casseroles are among everyone’s favorite. One of the most popular holiday dishes is cranberry sauce with its sweet-sour taste.
An infestation of rats or mice can be disturbing to the homeowner. However, employing a combination of preventative measures and using the proper controls will help bring the problem under control.
Frequently the Extension office receives pictures of plants from residents sent by email or sometimes the plant is physically brought into the office for identification. Some are familiar and can be easily identified, while others are a challenge. Certain plants can be of different species but have similar appearances. The naming of plants is difficult, but all have some common characteristics.
With some patience and perseverance, you can have a crop of pecans most years.
As our county becomes more urbanized, deer and human interest will continue to be in conflict. While nothing will eliminate their presence, several tactics can be used to reduce their detrimental impact on the home landscape
The state of Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states. Close to 3,000 species of plants are native to Georgia, ranging from small wildflowers to large trees. These plants have many advantages over non-native species and tend to be more resistant to environmental extremes and pests.
Bermudagrass is a warm-season grass, as are zoysiagrass, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass. They thrive during the growing season but turn brown and go dormant until the next spring.
Many vegetables are tolerant of colder temperatures, and the early months of autumn are the best time for planting. Cabbage, collards, radishes and turnips are some of the most popular ones planted. Fall is also a good time to plant onions, garlic and related plants.
Many homeowners are being troubled by stinging insects. Frequently, they will come upon their nest unknowingly and are attacked by the insects. Late summer and fall is the time of the year that these insects, which can inflict a painful sting, are most prevalent
Many residents are observing a web-like material that has appeared in their trees and are concerned as to whether it will harm them. The cause is the fall webworm, a caterpillar that is quite common in the late summer and fall.
Certain plants are troublesome in the home landscape and should be avoided. You should select plants with similar characteristics that perform better and are easier to maintain.
Recently, many homeowners have noticed caterpillars feasting on their lawns. These insects are armyworms, and in some cases they can damage lawns rapidly.
While there is no way to prevent every weed from germinating, the application of pre-emergent herbicides combined with the appropriate cultural practices can reduce their infestation during the winter.
Pine trees become more vulnerable to these insects as a result of the lack of rainfall and damage from construction activity.
Even though the weather will be turning colder in the next few months, several vegetables grow well under such conditions. Consider planting some and reaping the harvest.
During the growing season, gardeners are often troubled by snails and slugs. These organisms have slimy soft bodies, live on the ground, feast on plants, and can be quite destructive. Although troublesome, they can be controlled and their damaged minimized.
One of the most interesting and enjoyable plants are the herbs. They have leaves, stems and sometimes seeds that are used for fragrance, and flavoring foods. They are a good substitute for salt
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to control Asian ambrosia beetles once they are inside of the tree. Since they eat the fungus and not the wood, using a systemic insecticide, such as some of the Bayer Advanced products, will not control them
Kudzu, privet and Japanese honeysuckle are some well-known invasive plants. However, common ornamental landscape plants can also have invasive characteristics.
The Extension office receives more calls from residents on tomatoes than any other vegetable. The plants suffer from a variety of diseases and disorders.
The lawns in our area consist of several different species of turfgrasses. All have advantages and disadvantages. One of the most popular among homeowners is bermudagrass, and it comprises the majority of the lawns in the county.
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.
Millipedes and centipedes can be troublesome at times, especially if they find their way into your home. Certain control measures can be implemented to control them and keep them out of your home.
The Gwinnett County Extension will have a class that will cover how to attract butterflies to your garden, and information about some of the most common ones in our area. It will be held on Tuesday, July 1 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Extension office at 750 South Perry St. Suite 400, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
Organic soil amendments have many positive qualities and should be, in most cases, added to existing soil. It will improve the soil’s ability to produce lush, healthy plants for your garden.
If you would like to try something different in your vegetables garden, and have the room, plant a few rows of sweet corn. If given proper care, the plants will produce delicious fresh ears of corn the whole family can enjoy.
Of the many trees available to homeowners, maples are among the best. Their ability to provide shade, fall foliage color and tolerance to difficult growing conditions make maples well suited for the home landscape. If you do not have any in your yard, consider planting some and enjoy their beauty.
Area lawns have been impacted by the unseasonably cold temperatures of this winter. Proper maintenance of them during the growing season, such as adequate water, fertilizer, correct mowing, and pest control, will keep the turfgrass healthy and it will be more resistant to cold damage.
Vegetables, such as tomatoes, squash, peppers and beans, are growing and will soon begin to yield their fruit. However, vegetable plants that are not as well-known can thrive in our climate. Jerusalem artichokes, tomatillos, chayote, and several others are among these uncommonly grown vegetables. Most are easy to grow and are seldom troubled by pests.
A large number of irises are available for homeowners, and their beauty is well worth the effort. If they have the proper growing conditions and are given the appropriate care, they will thrive to produce their colorful blossoms every spring.
Crop rotation is a good way to improve the soil and reduce the buildup of pest populations. The process is relatively simple and has a multitude of benefits for the garden.
Kudzu bugs are here to stay, and we will have to learn to live with their bothersome activity. Several simple steps can be taken to minimize their presence in and around your home.
Remember, not all fertilizers are alike. Fertilizer choice is dependent on the type of plant material that you are growing and the type of soil where it will be grown
You can have a lawn that can be the envy of the neighborhood if you are willing to make the investment and provide the appropriate care.
Georgia Gold Medal winners are a worthy addition to your home landscape. The plants are attractive, easy to maintain and thrive in our climate.
Resist the temptation to put out plants that are not tolerant to below freezing temperatures now. In a few weeks, the risk of a freeze will be gone, and the planting can begin.
Even though flowering cherries are attractive when they bloom in the spring, they are not well adapted to our area. Consider using alternative flowering trees that produce abundant blooms and are better suited to our climate.
Japanese maples, if given proper care, are definitely an asset to any landscape. Their grace and beauty will be aesthetically pleasing throughout the year. They are worth the investment.
Throughout the growing season, weeds frequently trouble area lawns. The application of pre-emergent herbicides (weed killers) to prevent weed seeds from emerging is one of the best ways to control weeds in lawns.
Pruning plays an important role in the development and maintenance of woody plants, and it will keep a plant at a chosen size, shape, and density. Having a basic understanding of pruning and the response of plants to it, you can achieve the results you desire.
Native azaleas are a worthy addition to the garden. When planted and maintained correctly, they will resist pests and bring beauty to the garden.
Soil test results provide information on the nutrient status of your soil. This will help determine the amount and type of fertilizer as well as material to change the pH required to have healthy and attractive garden plants.
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.
By carefully choosing and placing plant material around septic drain fields, you can have an attractive landscape that is beneficial to the system. Most importantly, this can reduce the chances of costly septic line repairs.
If given the proper care, these fruit trees can produce abundantly. When choosing fruit trees take their maintenance requirements into consideration and provide the appropriate growing conditions to ensure fresh fruit for your dinner table.
Throughout the growing season, make sure your landscape plants receive the appropriate care, such as proper watering, fertilization, pruning and pest control to maintain optimum vigor and growth. Plants that are weak, unhealthy and poorly maintained are more vulnerable to cold weather.