24 August 2010

Armyworm alert! Look out Atanta lawns

August and September each year, caterpillars do damage to lawns throughout Atlanta and North Georgia.  Typically, lawns will recover, however occasionally this damage can be devastating, especially to newly planted lawns.
Here are a few key points to remember:
  • Damage is mostly aesthetic, but
  • Newly planted lawns, however can be severely damaged or decimated
  • The biggest culprits are armyworms, especially to Bermuda grass.
  • Adult armyworm moths, active at night, lay eggs of 50 to several hundred.
  • Initial damage can first look like skeletonizing, but eventually, the entire leaf is consumed.
  • Armyworms are most active early and late in the day, spending the hotter hours down near the soil in the shade.
  • Check for worms by pouring soapy water on the grass (1/2 oz. dishwashing soap/gallon water) will bring them up quickly.
Control of armyworms and other turf caterpillars:
  1. There are several pesticides from which to choose depending on your lawn type and location.  Brand name Sevin, in liquid form is one type.
  2. Consult your local Extension Agent for recommendations.  
  3. Read and follow all label directions when using pesticides.
  4. Pesticide applications should be made as late as practical for best results.
  5. Applying 20 - 25 gallons of solution per acre will provide good coverage.
  6. Do not cut grass for 1 –3 days after treating
Call your local Extension Agent at (800) ASK-UGA1 or locate your local Extension Office at
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Abdurrahim is the lead designer at metro-Atlanta based, award-winning Proudland Landscape, LLC.
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08 August 2010

Nanofarming: Get Started & Beat the Heat in Atlanta

It is Hot in Atlanta!! Try nano-farming as a way to garden on a smaller (read: not as much time in heat) scale. We've made a couple of the pots described below, with some success. Reports on the results in following articles.

While the technical definition of nanofarming is raising edible produce on an area smaller that .01 acre, the term has come to refer to any small scale farming taking place in unusual, overlooked, or reclaimed spaces.

How do I get started?

  1. Start with a used two liter soda bottle. Drill or punch small holes in the top, and 2 inches from the bottom. Cut a larger hole in the top. Cut the top off the bottle as shown
  2. We used some rolled up paper towel, inserted in the bottle neck, the directions recommend wrapping a small piece of screen over the bottle top and secure witha rubber band, then turn over the cut-off top and stick it into the bottle. This creates a water reservoir, and the sscreen will act as a wick to draw the water up from the reservoir.
  3. Our version did not use this portion, simply allowed the excess water from the saturated soil to percolate down into the resevoir. Use a piece of plastic pipe or hose. Stick it through the hole you cut in the top. You'll finll the reservoi throught this pipe.
  4. We used ready grown 4 inch herb pots from the nursery. Fill the bottle with soil down to the screen, water the earth well, and plant a seed. Refill the water reservoir every few days or when the soil gets dry.


Atlanta Gardening Examiner Resource Page

Nano farming and cedar beds

Interesting fact:
During World War II era New York City, of all places, produces 40% fof the fesh food consume s within its borders.

From Nanofarming brochure:
"As trusted food resources become ever scarcer and food suppyly chains brecome more complex, increasing numbers of people are turning to nanofarming as an important source of fersh, local food.
In New York City in particular, where arable land that receives sufficient sunlight for food coltivatin is in short supply, a new breed of nanofarmers is grwoing procduece ina range of ingenious places.

Abdurrahim is the lead designer at metro-Atlanta based, award-winning Proudland Landscape, LLC.
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