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Athens, GA
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Watkinsville, GA
Instructions for sending photos for identifying plants
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Watkinsville, GA
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Bogart, GA
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I saw a beautiful plant while touring Charleston, SC. I do not remember the name - the tour guide talked about a long time ago women giving it to their husband's in tea (maybe?) to kill them. Of co...
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Madison, GA
Establishing a wildflower meadow in Madison GA
Can a wildflower meadow be established by seeding in a sunny pasture without removing all existing vegetation, just mowing low and slightly loosening soil with the teeth on a front end loader?
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Monroe, GA
Skin irritation caused by hydrangea in Monroe GA
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Hartwell, GA
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Dacula, GA
Trees native to North Georgia
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Loganville, GA
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Covington, GA
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Snellville, GA
Growth of non-native bermudagrass in Snelville GA
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Snellville, GA
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Buford, GA
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Suwanee, GA
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Clermont, GA
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