Gardening Q and A

Doveweed – Identification and Control

Q: What is this weed and how do I kill it without killing the grass. I have sprayed it with Weed-B-Gone and I can not kill the weed that has made its way into my new sod. A: This looks...

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Goats – Milk is Safe after They Consume Poison Ivy

Q: If goats eat poison ivy is the milk safe to drink? A: Goats enjoy poison ivy foliage very much. As with dogs and cats, if the goats brush against a vine you can get a rash after petting them....

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Okra – Holes in Leaves (Hibiscus Sawfly)

Q: I noticed my okra leaves beginning to show some holes. The leaves also have a lot of worms on them. What can I do for this? A: It’s hibiscus sawfly damage. Early on a humid morning you can find...

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Leyland Cypress – Corrugated Pipe at Base

Q: I just purchased an older home . The property line has a fair number of Leyland cypress and each one has a section of corrugated black pipe going vertically down into the ground at its base. What purpose do...

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Poplar – Black Ooze from Large Cut

Q: A tulip poplar sits right over our koi pond. It had a fork in the trunk about four feet above the ground. A year ago the smaller trunk of the two showed obvious signs of dying. A tree service...

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Loropetalum – Bacterial Stem Gall

Q: In the summer of 2013, I lost 28 loropetalums to bacterial gall, diagnosed by the Extension pathology lab. I replanted loropetalums there in the spring of 2016. That winter all the leaves dropped, but in the spring of 2017...

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Oak – Severe Root Damage

Q: I have a big red oak in my yard about twenty feet from our new pool. It was quite fancy and elegant until now. This year, it decided to produce lots of shoots from ten feet off the ground...

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Dogwood – Herbicide Damage

Q: Ever seen this? My young dogwood leaves were very delayed and deformed. Strange gnarled masses forming. No blooms. Our lawn service sprayed it in mid-March with horticultural oil for scale. Also treated the surrounding lawn in May with broadleaf...

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Arborvitae – Bagworms

Q: We have two large arborvitae’s at our home’s front entrance. Last night I was standing near one of them and heard a noise. When I looked at the bush, it was moving! Upon closer inspection my husband found the...

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Tomato – How to Know if It is Determinate or Indeterminate

Q: I planted a ‘Celebrity’ tomato. The label says it is a determinate type. But mine already has six vigorous stems and doesn’t look determinate to me. I thought I’d have more of a bushy type plant. A: I once...

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Liriope – Control of Weeds

Q: How do you control weeds that are growing in liriope? A: For a small area, hand weeding is your best option. There will be a few holes where you remove weeds but the liriope will quickly fill in. If...

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Dolomitic Lime Dated 2009 – Is It Still Useful?

Q: For tomatoes. I found a box of agricultural dolomitic lime in our dry basement dated 2009. It is still powdery, no clumps. Is it still useful?  A: Lime deteriorates slowly, even when it gets wet. Since your lime is...

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Are Mahonia Berries Edible By Human?

Q: In late April I saw ten birds attack my mahonia shrub. I watched bird after bird swallow those beautiful blue berries down their throats like a snake does his dinner. Are mahonia berries edible by humans?  A: I’m not...

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Crabapple Tree That Has Green Fruit?

Q: My elderly mother has decided that she really wants a crabapple tree that has green fruit when ripe, like she remembers from growing up. What do you suggest?  A: Almost all crabapples bear fruit in some shade of red....

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TifBlair Centipede VS Old Centipede Grass

Q: I want to replace my front lawn. I have heard TifBlair centipede grass is better than the old centipede grass. Is this true? A: TifBlair centipede grass is an excellent turfgrass, available in both sod and seed forms. It...

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Squirrels Nesting In My Old Oak Tree- Can They Hurt It?

Q: Squirrels appear to be nesting in a knot hole in my ancient oak tree. Will they hurt it? A: I can’t think of any damage the squirrels might do. They don’t gnaw oak bark nor do they enlarge a...

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Transplanting Iris – When And Where

Q: When can I transplant iris? How much sun should they have in their new home? A: You can move them almost any time. Early summer, after they finish blooming, is fine but I usually wait until fall because there...

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Where Is All This White Clover Coming From?

Q: Where in the world is all the white clover coming from this year? My seven acre plot is solid white. What’s happening? A: I drive past a lawn near my Decatur home that is just as you describe. Seed...

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