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Leyland Cypress Problems

Question: Why are the branches on my Leyland cypress trees dying back?  Over the last decade or so Leyland cypress became extremely popular as screening plants. They provided homeowners with a cheap, very rapidly growing privacy screen. Unfortunately, when a plant becomes so popular that it is planted everywhere, formerly…
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Free Soil

Question: Can I use soil dredged from Allatoona Lake in my vegetable garden? Every winter, the Army Corps of Engineers must use a crane to dredge out silt and sediment from Allatoona Lake.  If you drive by the Knox Bridge boat ramp on highway 20 near Canton, you will see…
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Hazardous Trees

Whenever powerful storms blow through north Georgia, tree removal services and insurance companies often have plenty of work to do.  When a tree branch fails or a tree becomes uprooted, clients often call the Extension office wanting to know why it happened and what went wrong.  Examining storm-damaged trees can…
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Slippery Lawns

With the recent dry weather encouraging the use, and possible overuse of irrigation systems, and then the recent tropical conditions (high rainfall and humidity), we have had several pictures and questions about a jelly-like substance growing in lawns.  The jelly-like “stuff” is a Nostoc algae, a type of cyanobacterium formerly…
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Mushrooms on Trees

Question: Should I be worried about fungi growing out of the side of my old oak tree? Drought stress, construction injury, soil compaction and girdling roots will injure tree roots and provide an entry point for wood decay fungi. Storm damage, improper pruning, and wounding of trunks and branches also lead…
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Black Twig Borers

Over the last two years, we’ve received a number of calls from local clients concerning landscape trees that have a lot of branch dieback. Black twig borers or other ambrosia beetles are often involved in these cases.  Stunted or delayed leaf development and rapid wilting in the spring are classic…
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