You do not have to have all of your home landscapes in turfgrass. Though attractive, lawns tend to be high maintenance. Reducing the size of the lawn by constructing some beds of ornamental plants is beneficial.
Pumpkins are an interesting vegetable to grow. Watching the vines grow and the fruits increase in size over time is quite enjoyable, especially for children.
Although not well adapted to our area, coastal Georgia and the southern part of the state have ample amounts of Spanish moss that beautify the landscape.
Though the spring flowering bulbs are more familiar, the summer flowering bulbs are just as attractive. If planted properly and given the appropriate growing conditions, they will provide color and interest to the home landscape throughout the summer.
Consider planting some of these Gold Medal Plants in your home landscape. They are attractive and once established are easy to maintain.
Although most of us consider tea plants as a source for a beverage, they make excellent ornamental plants in the landscape. They do well in our climate and should be used more often.
The choice of a landscape contractor or lawn care service will depend on many factors. You should consult with several firms to make sure all bases are covered and you are receiving a fair deal before making a final decision.
The excessive use of the Bradford Pear has taught us a valuable lesson. Growing and observing them in a variety of environmental conditions has helped us to understand the obvious disadvantages of a tree that at first leaves an impression of beauty.
If you would like to have a fruiting plant that is easy to grow, requires minimal care and produces delicious fruit, consider planting some fig trees.
Several simple tasks need to be taken to ensure that the grass will be healthy and attractive throughout the season.
Proper pruning at the appropriate time will improve the overall shape of the rose bushes, and promote new and healthier growth. It will ensure abundant, attractive roses for a long time to come.
Garden wastes need not end up in landfills or water bodies. They can be recycled and put to good use in your garden.
Making the effort to properly prune fruit trees will allow for them to stay healthy and be productive.
Consider planting some of these interesting and attractive native plants in your home landscape. They blend well into shadier parts of your landscape and natural areas.
Reduce the likelihood of insects getting into your home. Seal any cracks or crevices as well as gaps between pipes and wires going into your home
Though they can be challenging, apple trees can definitely be grown in the home landscape. If given proper maintenance, they will bear fruit.
Although frequently overlooked by homeowners, ferns are a valuable asset. Once established, they require minimal maintenance and add interest to the garden. Consider adding some ferns to your home landscape and enjoy their beauty.
Propagating plants is an easy way to obtain more plants to use to beautify your home landscape. If you have a plant you desire more of or if someone else has plant material you would like, consider snipping off some cuttings and trying to root them.
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.