Gardening Q and A

Japanese Maple – Repair Big Split

Q: Limbs fell on my Japanese maple during the snow storm, splitting it apart. Is there anything we can do? Will it live? A: Local Japanese maple expert Norm Mittleider says: This Japanese maple was such a beautiful tree! Knowing...

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Arborvitae – Split Apart by Snow

Q: During the December snow storm our arborvitaes were damaged. The tops are split and leaning over. Originally the tops were together and nicely pointed. Is there anything we can do to repair the damage? A: A couple of my...

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Wooly Apple Aphid – Control

Q: Last summer, I noticed some small white, fluffy, cotton balls on my apple trees. Is it aphids or some sort of a fungus? A: I think you’re seeing wooly apple aphids. They suck sap from the twigs on the...

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Remove Lower Limbs to Make Tree Grow Taller?

Q: I have a large Maple tree in my front yard that I installed 8 years ago. It’s been thriving and we love it. I’d like to cut the lower couple large branches off in hopes of promoting it to...

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Leyland Cypress – Dead Branches at Bottom

Q: I have a double row of offset Leyland Cypress. I planted the one gallon container size six years ago. Started out great but over the past 1 ½ years the majority of them are turning brown starting at the...

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Circling Root – Removal

Q: Is leaving or removing this encircling tree root likely to kill the tree? This is a large Japanese maple that is the highlight of my front yard. My nationally recognized tree service recommends removing the root, but I’m afraid...

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Japanese Holly – Renewal Pruning

Q: These Japanese hollies are ten years old. About a year ago they started turning brown. There is some new growth/sprouts coming from the bottom. Should I replace entire plant or cut down to the new growth? A: The first...

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Don’t Replace Damaged Burford Holly

Q: My six Burford hollies are toast. There were two groups on each side of the yard with 3 trees in each group, planted around 1976. I would like to keep an evergreen there for privacy. Do you have any...

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Eastern Red Cedar – Transplanting

Q: We have some old-growth woods behind our home and found these trees. Might you tell me what kind they are? How far apart should I space them? I am thinking of placing them between my house and the neighbors...

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Snow Doesn’t Accumulate Under Leafless Tree

Q: I looked outside today at my snow-covered front lawn where there is a 10-year-old weeping cherry tree, completely without leaves. And without snow in a circle that extended out to the “drip line” of the tree. It makes me...

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Meyer Lemon And Key Lime Tree In Same Pot – Should I Separate Now?

Q: I have a Meyer lemon and a Key lime tree in a three gallon pot. They’re about two feet tall. I intended on separating them into different containers but they have started blooming. Should I go ahead and separate...

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Soil Conditioner Was Not Mixed Properly In Fescue Sod – Will Sod Root Through Conditioner?

Q: I hired a company to install fescue sod. I asked them to mix soil conditioner into the soil as they prepared. They raked the soil conditioner over the soil but didn’t really mix it in. Is the sod going...

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Do I Plant Ryegrass Every Year Or Once?

Q: I have a well established bermuda lawn and am thinking of overseeding with rye. Do I plant rye every year or is it a one time deal?  A: You’ll have to plant the ryegrass every year, usually in September....

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Are Green Giant Arborvitae Safe To Plant Now?

Q: My landscaper is installing some Green Giant arborvitae. Is it safe to plant them now?  A: I think they would be fine to plant now through December. Quiz the installer to make sure he is giving the Green Giants...

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Gardenias Are In Decline – Should I Prune And Fertilize Now?

Q: My gardenias once had large flowers. They have declined and now have small leaves, small flowers and lichens on the stems. Should I prune and fertilize them now to help them regain their beauty?  A: My feeling is you...

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Used Gas On Yellow Jacket Holes – Why Are They Now Flying Over Area?

Q: We used gas on three different yellowjacket holes. There are now dozens of yellowjackets flying over this area during the day. Is it possible these insects were not in the nest when it was destroyed and are trying to...

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Can I Fertilize Newly Planted Trees And Shrubs In Late December?

Q: I’ll be out of town January thru April next year. Can I fertilize my newly planted trees and shrubs in late December?  A: Some fertilizers, like 10-10-10, are dissolved into the soil with the first rain. That’s obviously not...

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Angel Trumpet – How Will The Cold Affect It?

Q: I have a special angel trumpet I planted this year and I don’t want to lose it. How will the cold affect it?  A: Angel trumpet can sometimes be killed by Atlanta winters. Wait until Thanksgiving to cut the...

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