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UGA Publications on Ornamental Plants
Pansies are a remarkable winter annual capable of freezing solid, then bouncing back when warm weather returns. The UGA publication Success with Pansies in the Winter Landscape provides guidelines for the planting and care of pansies to ensure success. Topics include planting time, bed preparation, plant spacing, planting procedures, fertilization, freeze protection, and common insect and disease problems.
The introduction of new turf herbicides will continue to enable practitioners to control troublesome weeds. In 2010, turf managers will see several new options for weed control from novel active ingredients, combination products, and label amendments. The following article contains an unbiased view on these products and discusses efficacy for turfgrass weed control.
Celsius (thiencarbazone + iodosulfuron + dicamba)
The following are insect pests that you might expect to see during April in Georgia. Become familiar with them so you will be able to recognize them in landscapes you visit.
We have included links to more information for many of these insect pests. Click on the insect names to find online resources that can help you to identify and manage these pests.
For pesticide recommendations, see the Pest Control Handbook.
Pennywort (Dollarweed) is a perennial weed that is common in turfgrass as well as ornamentals. It is found in moist to wet sites or anywhere where there is excess moisture. Dollarweed reproduces by seeds, rhizomes, and tubers. In the United States it is found from Maine to Florida and several inland states.
Chamberbitter is a summer annual weed that is commonly found in turfgrass and ornamentals that emerges in great numbers in July. It is native to Asia but found throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. It is in the spurge family and reproduces by numerous seeds which are found in the fruit attached to the underside of the branch.
Bahiagrass is an aggressive mat-forming perennial in many southern lawns. It is a warm season grass that spreads by seeds and shallow underground rhizomes. It is native to South America and is common in the Gulf States.
Alligatorweed is a perennial aquatic weed commonly found in shallow waterways in Florida and other southern states. It belongs to the pigweed family and is sometimes accidentally introduced to landscape situations with new St. Augustine sod. It can survive on terrestrial sites that remain wet or boggy.
Virginia buttonweed is a low-growing, spreading weed that is difficult to control in lawn and landscape situations. It commonly grows in moist sites, such as woods and marshes, but can be especially troublesome in turfgrass areas.
Just like trees, shrubs, pets and even humans, turf grasses need water to survive. The perception that turf is a water consumer is correct, but we're all water consumers.
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