Gardening Q and A

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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Cucumber – Twin Fruit

Q: I have never had twin cucumbers in my garden before! How common is this? All the others in my planter are singles. A: It’s not terribly common…but it’s not everyday either. Many years ago you could submit pictures of...

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What is this black blob?

Q: I found this on my pool wall and have never seen anything like it before. It looks like a blob with feelers. I think after touching it and finding out it has a shell that it would be in the...

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Tree Limb – Bent to the Ground

Q: My little tree suddenly had one of its trunks bend over to the ground after a heavy rain. It’s about thirty feet tall and has three small trunks. Can it be fixed or do I need to cut it...

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Compost Volunteer

Q: I have this plant growing in my compost pile. It has large leaves and a very prickly stem. It is growing very rapidly. A: It’s a squash of some sort. It resulted from seeds that you threw out from...

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Fig Leaf – No Lobes

Q: I would love to know what is going on here. These three cuttings came from a fig tree but one has no lobes like a normal fig. A: Very interesting! I think the non-lobed leaves are just a normal...

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Bumblebee – Nest

Q: I took this photo of a squirrel nest that was blown out of a tree. As I investigated it, there were carpenter bees all over it. Once they cleared out I opened the nest to find the bees had...

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Allegheny Mound Ants – Control

Q: This ant mound is three feet wide around the tree base. I’ve heard them called Allegheny Mound Ants. I have been fighting them in my yard for three years now. What to do!? A: Dr. Dan Suiter is my...

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Oak Leaf Blister – Identification

Q: There is something weird on my oak leaves. A: This is a fine example of oak leaf blister. The disease is favored by cool, moist conditions during budbreak and in the early stages of leaf development. It doesn’t seem...

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Millipedes – On Tree Bark

Q: I have an infestation of millipedes on all of my trees: flowering cherry, dogwood, Japanese maple, camellia and silver maple. I am new to the state of Georgia, originally from New Jersey. A: Wow – I wouldn’t have believed...

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Leaf Gall – On Leucothoe

Q: I live in Rabun County and I have this weird fungus on my leucothoe. Is it exobasidium leaf gall? A: You get the diagnostic prize: it’s Exobasidium vaccinnii! There are several members of this fungal clan. They cause leaf...

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Dog Urine – Damaging Liriope

Q: A neighbor’s dog has made repeated visits to my lawn and has killed the border of liriope. How can that soil be reconditioned so that I can replant with grass or replace the liriope? A: There’s nothing particularly dangerous...

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Sweetshrub – No Fragrance

Q: My sweetshrub’s flowers have absolutely NO scent! What’s wrong with it? A: I’ve never smelled one with an appreciable scent. Maybe our noses are impaired? The yellow-flowered variety ‘Athens’ is said to be reliably fragrant. I simply enjoy the...

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Rosemary – Bacterial Gall on Stems

Q: A scaly growth is infecting my three-year old rosemary bush. It seems to be on the older stems. A: I think it’s a bacterial gall. It’s not uncommon to see bacterial galls like this on trees and shrubs. It’s...

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Bishops Weed – Identification

Q: This is a bunch of “leaves of three”, but it doesn’t look like the normal color of poison ivy. Do you know what it is? I have a very large batch of it by the concrete wall. A: The...

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Jumping Oak Galls – Identification

Q: We live on a fairly large heavily wooded lot with mostly oak trees. The problem we’re having is with the white oak trees only. A couple of weeks ago we noticed little brown pinhead-size, seed-like things dropping from them....

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Volcano Cone South of Atlanta

Q: While flying south of Atlanta I saw what looks like a volcano. It is on a straight line between Manchester and Molena, about half way. Cove Rd and the Flint River go right thru it. I wonder if there...

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Hydrangea Cane Borer

Q: For a number of years I’ve had a problem with some sort of borer getting into the stems of my hydrangeas. What can I do to get rid of them? A: There are any number of cane boring insect...

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