Gardening Q and A

Split Tree – Can It Be Saved

Q: Due to Hurricane Irma, one of our dogwoods split and came down. Will the rest of the remaining tree now get insect or other damage? Should we just take it down? A: You are right to be concerned. It’s...

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Japanese Maple – Sprouts at Graft

Q: I have a twenty-two-year-old Japanese maple with a bulge on the lower trunk. The tree is lovely, but it continuously puts out suckers in this bulging area. Is there any way to stop the suckers? A: You are exactly...

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New Sapling – Trunk Split

Q: I have a newly planted live oak sapling which was split by a heavy storm last night. What can I do to mend the trunk? A: You are not going to like my answer. It is almost impossible for...

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Gypsy Moths – Not in Georgia

Q: I think I have an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars in a large tree whose branches hang high over my covered porch. Dropping pellets sound like it is raining all day long on the roof. A: You certainly have...

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Sod – Three Days Delay in Laying

Q: The company that is installing my new lawn ordered 6 pallets of sod to be delivered and installed today. Due to the heavy rain in our area they were unable to do the install today but said they would...

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Is Ammonium Sulfate the Same As 21-0-0?

Q: Is ammonium sulfate and 21-0-0 the same thing? A: Sure is! It’s always good to remember in the back of your mind that fertilizers, whether organic or synthetic, are basically chemicals. Organic fertilizers are complex organic compounds; synthetic fertilizers...

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Flower Bed – Armadillo Damage

Q: I planted some dwarf mondo grass 2 months ago. After about 3 weeks I found it completely uprooted. I replanted it and 3 weeks later it happened again. It doesn’t appear that any of the roots or leaves are...

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Butterfly Weed – Seed Pod

Q: This just appeared on my butterfly weed plant. Are these seeds? A: Yes, it’s just the seedpod full of seed. Each seed has a silky tail that will be caught in the wind and thus will be distributed around...

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Can I Plant Centipede Grass Now?

Q: Is it okay to plant centipede grass now? A: You can plant centipedegrass sod now but you don’t have enough time for centipede seed to germinate and spread before the weather cools off. Then you won’t have anything to...

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Insects On Figs – How To Deter Them Without Killing

Q: I have a fig tree that is covered with little juicy nubs where figs used to be. Every time one gets ripe, large black wasps with white marks descend and devour it before I get a chance to pick...

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How To Save Fescue In The Summer

Q: Every year, I plant fescue seed and get a lush lawn. Come summer, it always dies out; by the end of the summer there is nothing left. I am aware that fescue doesn’t like heat. What do you know...

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Should I Use Lime On Moss?

Q: I have some mossy areas in my lawn that could use some lime. How much? A: It is a myth that lime eliminates moss from a lawn. My backyard patio has several large patches of moss growing happily in...

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Owl Nest Box – Will The Owls Scare Away The Bluebirds?

Q: I recently read an article about putting owl nest boxes in the back yard. Will having owls in my yard scare away the bluebirds that regularly nest there? A: I’m guessing the article described building and installing nest boxes...

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Killing Nuisance Trees

Q: Is there is a device that could carry an electric charge and which could be clipped to small invasive trees and, with the press of a button, cause that nuisance plant enough harm that it would die quickly? They...

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Applying Lime To Lawn To Raise pH – How Often To Do It?

Q: How often can one apply lime to a lawn to raise the pH? A: You can apply lime to a lawn, if needed, a couple of times a year. Since it can take several months for lime to change...

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Mulberry Weed – Getting Rid Of It

Q: I have been invaded by mulberry weed. Any advice to get rid of it forever? A: This is a plant to which the phrase “get rid of it forever” does not apply. It sets seed only a few weeks...

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Cottonseed Hulls – Are There Seeds Mixed In?

Q: If I use cottonseed hulls, will I end up with a garden full of cotton? Are there cotton seeds mixed in with the hulls? A: The cottonseed hulls that come from a cotton gin usually don’t have many seeds...

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Centipede Grass Turning Red

Q: Some of the blades of my centipede grass are turning red. Not sure if excess rain is a contributing factor. A: Centipede grass is well-known to turn red as a response to stresses like traffic, wear, drought, low fertility,...

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