Gardening Q and A

Dogwood Twig Borer – Identification

Q: Today I found this stuff on one of my kousa dogwoods. It appears to be isolated to the one branch of one tree. When I split the twig there was a worm inside. Any suggestions on what it is?...

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Horntail (Woodwasp) – Identification

Q: We noticed the insect below swarming in our yard. Can you help us identify it? A: It looks like a horntail also known as a woodwasp. It bores into weak trees and occasionally into lumber. It does not sting....

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Green June Beetle – Crossing Road

Q: I have seen many of these crossing the streets in my neighborhood lately. Could you please identify for me? Looks like a cross between a large maggot and a caterpillar! A: It’s the grub of a Green June Beetle...

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Camellia – Reticulata species

Q: I have a Samantha camellia but don’t know much about it. A: Unlike our familiar Camellia sasanqua and Camellia japonica species, ‘Samantha’ is a Camellia reticulata. The leaves have very defined veins. The are more than 200 camellia species,...

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Japanese Maple – Selling

Q: Our older cluster home has a large Japanese maple just outside the front door. Its roots have damaged a drainage pipe. Would a landscaper want to remove the tree for transplanting? A: It all depends on the form of...

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Apple – Repairing Broken Limbs

Q: My 80 lb. dog broke some lower limbs trying to get to an opossum in my apple tree. The leaves are still green so I assume they are still getting enough nutrients. Are these limbs repairable? Can I prop...

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Callery Pear – Fruit

Q: What are these mini pears? My tree is loaded with them! A: They’re most likely fruit from a “wild” callery pear but they could be the fruit from a callery pear that cross-pollinated an edible pear. I doubt they...

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Pandorus Sphinx Moth Caterpillar – Identification

Q: Any idea what this is? (The caterpillar, not the quarter ;o) A: It’s a pandorus sphinx moth caterpillar. I’ve never seen one before. I suspected it was a sphinx moth due to the body shape and the prominent spots....

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Winterizing Warm-Season Lawns – Not Necessary

Q: I heard you say on radio that it is not necessary to apply a winterizer to bermuda lawns. Why not? A: Mostly because you will be wasting your money except in limited cases. Bermudagrass starts slowing its growth rate...

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Squirrel Damage – To Bluebird House

Q: What happened to my bluebird house? Was it squirrels or raccoons? A: I think either a gray squirrel or a flying squirrel did the damage. I lean toward flying squirrel because I took down a damaged bluebird box one...

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Tomatoes – Growing in Cinderblocks

Q: This is amazing! Check out these tomatoes growing in cinderblocks. A: Looks like the gardener put small plants into the compost-filled holes in the cinderblocks and the plants grew roots down into the soil underneath. Nice...

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Sweetgum – Deeply Lobed Leaves

Q: This is located in a residential yard in Southern Alabama. It is not a sweetgum tree. No “balls” underneath and the leaves are similar, but not exact. We have sweetgum trees here and the leaves do not look the...

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Muscadine/Scuppernong – Fruit Disease Identification

Q: I have black spots on my scuppernongs. What disease could it be? A: Several diseases cause spots on muscadine grapes. I don’t know which one you have but this guide has excellent pictures. Muscadine...

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Japanese Maple – Moving a Big One

Q: I am in the process of moving my girlfriend from Dunwoody to Woodstock Ga. She wants to take her 2 Japanese Maples with her. One is about 3 feet tall, with a 6 ft canopy and a 3″ diameter...

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Raising Chickens – Rules for DeKalb County

Q: I’ve heard that the DeKalb chicken-keeping ordinance has recently changed. The problem is, I cannot find any official documentation about that. Do you happen to know the latest? A: Anne-Marie Anderson (The Celtic Gardener, (404) 667-1219, www.facebook.com/thecelticgardener_ says” As you are no doubt aware,...

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Puss Caterpillar – White (and Venomous)

Q: I’ve never seen a white caterpillar before, nor one that looks like it is covered with fur like an angora kitten. Do you know what kind it is? Is there such a thing as an albino caterpillar? A: Yikes...

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Leaf-footed Bug – Nymph

Q: We noticed this pretty bug on the side of our car. The bug was gesturing at us with its antennae and abdomen. A: It just wanted to be friendly! It’s a nymph (i.e. juvenile) of a leaf-footed bug, Acanthocephala...

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River Birch Sawfly Larvae – Proper Control

Q: In March I drenched the ground around our two river birches with the Ortho product which has imidacloprid. Each tree has 3 trunks, each about 6 inches in diameter. I used a 40 oz. bottle and divided it between...

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