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The Greener View: Twig Girdlers and Pruners

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Twig Girdlers and Pruners

Q: All of a sudden, a lot of small short branches broke off the oak tree in our front yard. The ground is covered with them. There are at least 50. There hasn't been a storm to damage them, and the squirrels don't seem to be in the tree. The oak is probably over 100 years old, and I don't want to lose it. What do you ...Read more

On Gardening: Oh my gosh, we've got deer in 'the hood'

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As my wife, Jan and I were slowly driving, doing a little house shopping, we had to bring the car to a halt as 7 large bucks ambled across the road along with one fawn. It was a sight that would make Yellowstone jealous. While I was scrambling to grab the camera, Jan looked at the situation from a different perspective, "Where is the Mother." ...Read more

The Greener View: Dividing Daylilies

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Dividing Daylilies

Q: Back in July, you said about daylilies, and I quote: "They ... often bloom better if they are divided after about four years in the ground. Early fall is the best time to do this, so think of it as a job to do right after the kids go back to school."

Well, the kids are back in school. How do I divide the daylilies? Mine ...Read more

On Gardening: The year of the Joe Pye weed

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In Georgia, this appears to be the year of the Joe Pye weed. Everywhere you look it is providing staggering beauty including along the 40-mile stretch of The Russell-Brasstown National Scenic Highway, in North Georgia.

If the mountains and streams don't keep you spellbound, the Swallowtail butterflies sweeping down to partake of the nectar-rich...Read more

On Gardening: Suncredible Yellow ever-blooming bush sunflower

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Everblooming and bush habit, are not two adjectives or descriptors you would ever expect to give a sunflower, but that has all changed. It's called Suncredible Yellow and botanically speaking it is a Helianthus hybrid.

I planted it about three months ago right close to a clump of Rockin salvias. Amazingly it has been blooming all summer and ...Read more

The Greener View: Protecting the Grapevine

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: We bought a grapevine on a whim at Home Depot. We planted it along a fence. It grew OK for a couple years but didn't seem to produce any fruit. This year, we noticed there are lots of grapes, but the birds are eating them all before we can get to them. What is the best way to beat the birds to the grapes?

A: Birds like any fruit that we like...Read more


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