Gardening Q and A

European Hornet in Home

Q: I have these insects at my home. I see individuals going behind my house’s fascia. Do I have a huge problem? A: You have European hornets. These large stinging insects typically build a nest in empty hidden spots, like...

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Elm Leaf Beetle Damage

Q: What could cause this much damage to my elm tree? This was my first year in my house in Winterville so I don’t have another summer to compare the infestation with, but it seemed extensive. A: University of Georgia...

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Is white sap on fig fruit harmful?

Q: Some of our figs have white goo on them. What is it? Is it harmful to ingest? A: Like many members of the ficus family, edible fig tree branches and fruit exude a milky white latex when injured. I...

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Bugs dying under lily leaves

Q: Why are all these mosquitoes dying under my lily leaves? t A: University of Georgia insect expert Dr. Nancy Hinkle says these are the shed skins (exuviae) of insects like midges, aphids, etc. When one of these insects molts...

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Brown Leaves on Magnolia Branch Tips

Q: These brown leaves on my magnolia happened this year and two years ago at the ends of some of the branches. What’s causing this? A: To diagnose your problem, I walked across the street and looked at my neighbor?s...

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Squirrel Damage to Tomato

Q: Do you know what would cause this damage to tomato plants? A: It could be either a squirrel or a chipmunk. In my experience, squirrel damage is usually higher on the plant than chipmunk damage. The chipmunks usually chew...

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Squirrel Damage to Pepper Plant

Q: I planted peppers six weeks ago. One morning they were completely gone! So I planted a couple more plants two weeks ago and this time we put chicken wire around them. This morning this is all that is left!...

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Tree Has “Puddle” at Bottom

Q: While working in the yard, my husband came across this “puddle” under a tree in an otherwise dry yard. There were some kind of insects in it. What do you think? A: I think you have a condition called...

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Dogwood Planted Too Deep

Q: Just noticed today the debarking occurring on my 2-1/2 year old dogwood. What should I do? A: When I first received this question, photos of only the branches and upper trunk were included. I had a guess of what...

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Rat Hole Near Bird Feeder

Q: This hole appeared under the edge of my screened porch. There was a VERY large amount of dirt displaced from the dig. Any thoughts as to what it might be and how to deal with it? If it is...

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Varieties Of Lilacs Similar To Southern Lilacs

Q: I planted lilac cuttings I got from my mother’s yard in Rhode Island but they did not bloom. Are there Southern lilacs that look and smell like the ones of my childhood?  A: Different lilac varieties are adapted to...

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Q: My fiddle leaf fig started out really small and now it’s hitting the ceiling! Where will it go from here?  A: If you give your fiddle leaf fig enough space and light, it will grow 40 feet tall! My...

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Getting Rid Of Oak Saplings

Q: I have a beautiful live oak in my yard. For five years I have been battling oak saplings popping up in the landscape bed around it and in my grass as well. My landscaper has used Roundup in an...

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Black Spot Disease On Roses – Rotating Chemicals

Q: I believe my unhappy roses have black spot disease. What should I do? A: Black spot disease can rapidly make a rose raggedy. You can prevent the disease from affecting new leaves by spraying with a rose fungicide. The...

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Cardinal Climber Vines Are Not Blooming

Q: My three sunny cardinal climber vines are not blooming. They’re pretty big and green but no blooms.  A: Cardinal climber, and its parents, cypress vine and red morning glory, are vigorous annual vines. Given a good site in which...

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When To Fertilize My New Zoysia Sod

Q: I am a new homeowner. My zoysia sod has been down since late May. Does it need fertilizer?  A: If the sod seems to be strongly rooted down then it’s time to fertilize. You can buy any thing that...

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Noise Reduction Using Trees and Shrubs

Q: There is a rezoning proposal for land behind our neighborhood. It will likely be used for parking tractor trailers. The county recommends a 100’ deep buffer with a berm and the planting of Leyland cypress trees fifteen feet on...

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Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

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