Gardening Q and A

Dogwood – Planting Three Colors

Q: I would like to plant dogwoods in memory of a loved one. I would like to plant a white, a pink and a red dogwood together so they fuse into one mass with three colors. Will that work? A:...

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Tick – Engorged

Q: Can you help us identify this beetle? We found it on the front steps. A: It’s not a beetle…it’s a tick! A very well-fed tick at that. It is engorged after feeding on an animal and has dropped off...

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Azalea – Small Root Ball in Pot

Q: My wife came home from a nursery with some native azaleas. I dutifully planted them but the root ball seems exceptionally small for a plant of this size. It was in a 3 gallon container. Do you think I...

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Sapscker Holes – Attract Insects

Q: I have a tree in my yard that has many small holes in it, oozing sap. There are a lot of small flying insects about the size of no-see-ums around the holes. Can you help me understand what is...

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Cranberries – Growing in Georgia

Q: Did I hear you say on radio that cranberries can be grown in Georgia? A: No, it’s way to hot here for cranberries to prosper. They require cool summers and cold winters plus lots of water around the roots....

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Air Layering – How To

Q: I have heard you mention air layering as a good way to propagate shrubs. Can you describe it for me? A: Air layering is a great way to make rooted cuttings from your favorite rose, camellia or azalea. The process...

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Japanese Maple – Damaged by Tree Falling

Q: My Japanese maple needs help. A tree service miscalculated when dropping a pine tree in my front yard. They dropped the tree correctly into an open area, but when it hit the earth it bounced. And unfortunately it bounced...

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Gardenia – Failure to Water After Planting

Q: Can you suggest why eight of my gardenias died in three months? We planted them in late August 2014. By mid October all were like the pictures. When they required water, our irrigation system was used. A: It looks...

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Black Streaks – In Zoysia

Q: I have zoysiagrass. It was beautiful last summer…thick and green. I feel that the lawn maintenance people we have mowing our lawn did not keep the lawn cut low enough. It always seemed too high. They just started cutting...

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Honey Mushroom – Rhizomorphs Under Tree Bark

Q: A few weeks ago we found a vine-like growth under the bark of my old poplar tree, rest its soul. Did you have any thoughts about this? A: They’re the rhizomorphs (spreading roots) of a fungus named Armillaria mellea....

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Red-shouldered Bug – Identified

Q: We have hundreds of insects in our yard and we don’t know what they are. I went to a big box store and stumped their gardening experts with it as well. They congregate in large groups. As far as...

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Cold Weather Covering – When to Remove

Q: I covered my hydrangeas and fig bush to protect them from the cold in February. Is this overkill? When should I take off the plastic? A: I think “overkill” is correct. The only time these plants need to be...

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Shallow Pond – Mosquito Control

Q: I have a shallow pond (100′ x 100′) that occasionally goes dry in summer. I get lots of mosquitoes from it when it dries and leaves small puddles. Is there a way to control mosquitoes in this situation? A:...

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Squirrel Tracks – In the Snow

Q: I found these tracks about 9:00 one morning after it snowed. Any ideas what animal? A: I’m going to say they are squirrel tracks because the front and back feet are just about parallel to each other. Rabbit tracks...

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Dracena – Scale Insects

Q: I think these are definitely not mealy bugs, but they’re very small dots of white on the tops and bottoms of my houseplant’s leaves, along with discolored spots on the bottoms. What are they? A: Mealybugs and scale insects...

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Digger Bees – A Colony in Sandy Soil

Q: What did this? Someone told me it’s a cicada killer but it sure doesn’t look like one to me. Do they sting? How do I get rid of them? I live in central Florida. A: You have a nice...

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Cherry – Saving a Damaged One

Q: We have a Yoshino cherry tree that has done very well for years, but last year we noticed it developing leaf spots and dropping leaves early. Now the trunk is losing bark and producing a fibrous “growth”. Is it...

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Ivy – Removing From a Wall

Q: Our house is clad with synthetic stucco. We removed some climbing vines but the stucco had stuff on it after we removed the vines. It is impossible to pull it off ! Do you have any idea how we...

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