Gardening Q and A

Hydrangea – Winter Damage

Q: We have two very large hydrangeas that are lush and healthy. But we haven’t had many blooms for the last couple of years. What can you suggest to increase blooming?     (written in summer of 2015) A: The...

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Spray Guard – Made From Plastic Bottle

Q: I heard you talking on the radio about a spray guard you made from a plastic bottle. Can you elaborate? A: I needed the guard because I was spraying weeds with herbicide close by my daylily bed. Making it was...

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Zoysia — Rust

Q: My sunny zoysia lawn has rust disease now in late July. I’ve treated it with fungicide and fertilized twice but I’m not sure it is getting much better. A: Rust seems to be associated with zoysiagrass more than the...

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Squirrel – Albino

Q: I have an albino squirrel that frequents my yard here in Norcross. I understand from my neighbor that at one time there were two, but now only this one. He comes often and is getting nice and big. A:...

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Brown Patch Disease – In Fescue

Q: I have this condition all over my fescue yard. Could you tell me what it is? A: It’s almost certainly brown patch disease. The circular spots with a green center give it away. Brown patch favors high relative humidity...

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Meyer Lemon – Sucking Insects

Q: What is wrong with my patio lemon tree? I see no bugs. A: The two pictures together give me what I need to see. The tiny “spots” on the leaf indicate a sap-sucking insect like scale, whitefly or maybe...

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Bermudagrass – Common Type Invading Sodded Type

Q: Ten years ago bermuda sod was laid in our yard. As time has gone by our grass is showing a stronger two-tone effect in its color. I assume we have a mix of different bermuda grasses.If we replace the...

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Growing Fruit – Spray Guide

Q: Can you tell me what type and when to use fungicide on apple and peach trees? I didn’t get any fruit last year. A: If you hope to get consistent harvest from a fruit tree, spraying for disease and...

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Canada Geese – Control Options

Q: Is there a way to control Canadian geese that won’t leave our pond? A: Extension agent Jule-Lynne Macie says Mike Mengak, UGA Extension Wildlife Specialist, always reminds people that, “A Canadian is a human being from the country of...

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Storing Seeds for Long Periods

Q: What is the best way to keep seeds for the longest shelf life? A: Successful seed storage depends on many factors. Some seeds (bean, pepper, onion, etc.) are hard to keep viable for more than a couple of years....

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Canna – Dermatitis

Q: A few years ago at a job site, I was treating canna lilies for leaf roller. It was a large group of plants so at times I was in a thicket of cannas. I started itching so badly I...

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Pine Seedlings – Numerous in 2015

Q: I see pine seedlings all over. How do I get rid of them? A: Pine seedlings usually die before growing much larger. Arborist Chris Hastings (www.arbormedics.com) says he believes pines can have cyclical seed production just like oaks, sometimes...

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Rose Rosette Disease – Plant Roses Afterwards?

Q: Rose rosette disease has infected all my Knock Out roses. Now I have to dig them up and replace them. I would not recommend these roses unless until the rosette disease has a cure. A: All roses are susceptible...

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Tomato – Damaged by Leaf-footed Bug

Q: I have a bug that has wreaked havoc with my tomatoes for two years now. I kill every one I see but cannot keep up. They pierce the skin of the tomatoes and inject something that causes the tomatoes...

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English Ivy – Adult Form

Q: I was told this is poison sumac. It is growing up two of my trees to the point they are almost covered. Looks to be some type of ivy. A: It’s not poison sumac…it’s mature (“adult”) English ivy. Gardeners...

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Muscadine, Scuppernong – Flowers

Q: For the past seven years I have been unsuccessful at growing muscadines. I am not sure why the vines are not allowing the berries to mature, but each year I have blooms and small berries but by mid-June they...

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Cucumbers – Orange

Q: My daughter has her first garden this year and she has gotten orange cucumbers. She says they never turned green. What could be wrong? A: There are actually cucumber varieties that are yellow when mature. ‘Sunsweet’, ‘Chinese Yellow’ and...

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Small Plant in Big Container

Q: It did not take long to figure out why a Leyland that I planted last year died so quickly this year. I sure did not see this below the surface container that evidently prevented proper root propagation. A: Wow,...

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