Gardening Q and A

Dogwood – Moving Large One

Q: I plan to transplant a six-foot tall dogwood from one part of my yard to the other. I know it is a little on the large size to be transplanting, so I want to be sure I give it...

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Golden Larch – Identification

Q: A caller recently asked you about growing a golden larch. You said larch doesn’t grow here, but then backtracked on your answer. Can you elaborate? A: I sure wish I had listened to her say “golden larch” rather than...

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Leaves – For Mulching Perennials

Q: I’ve been raking the leaves out of my flower beds. After raking the beds over and over, I thought maybe it would be just as good to cover my perennials with leaves for the winter. A: It all depends...

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Pre-Emergent – Too Late to Apply?

Q: Would I be wasting my money applying pre-emergent now. I missed the September date you talk about. A: Winter weeds don’t all germinate in early October. Some wait until later, even sprouting in the warm days of late November....

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Grubs – In Fescue Sod

Q: We are getting ready to plant fescue sod. When we were taking core samples we discovered a couple of white grubs. What should we do? A: The right answer is: do nothing. It’s true that high numbers of grubs...

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Lavender – Pruning

Q: My lavender is lying down and it’s become woody and not pretty. Should I trim it back for winter? A: My experience with lavender is that it lasts a few years but eventually develops woody stems and sparse foliage....

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Canna – Killing a Crowded Patch

Q: I have a plot of cannas in my backyard that is crowded, overgrown and just not pretty any more. I want to get rid of the cannas and replace them with gardenias but without a lot of digging. A:...

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Virginia Dayflower vs Asiatic Dayflower – Identification

Q: How can I tell Virginia dayflower, Commelina virginica, from Asiatic dayflower, Commelina communis? A: The easiest way is to look at the flowers. Commelina virginica has three blue petals. Commelina communis has two blue petals and one white one....

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Wild Strawberry (Indian Mock Strawberry) – Dog Eating Leaves

Q: I have an odd question. My dog likes to eat wild strawberry leaves but not the fruit. He will graze to his heart’s content whenever we find a patch. The leaves produce no ill effects whatsoever. Why does he...

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Bamboo – Suddenly Dying

Q: A patch of bamboo 3′ wide and 20′ long just up and died on me this summer! I sprayed no herbicides nearby. It provided privacy between my den side windows and a neighbor’s garage. I do have hope, though:...

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Oak Tree – Ambrosia Beetles in Trunk

Q: I have a large tree that is very sick. A part of the trunk at bottom is infested with some sort of insect. A: Woooo….this isn’t a happy tree! My bet is that the damage was done several years...

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Banana – Insulating With Leaves

Q: I have had a banana tree for five years. I was told that bananas will not grow on the tree. For four years there was nothing but this year I noticed a growth on one of the trees. A:...

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Fig Sap – Poisonous?

Q: I’ve never heard a caution about how toxic the sap from a fig bush can be. In my case, I pruned a bush without a shirt on and got the sap all over me. When the sap gets on...

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Pecan – Dropping Big Limbs

Q: We have a 60+ year old pecan tree that is dropping limbs. We’ve been told that pecan trees are self pruning. Is there a way to stop the limbs from dropping? The tree appears healthy with no visible damage...

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Kousa Dogwood – Wolf Eye

Q: This was planted in late June for our new home landscape. Is this a dogwood? Is it normal for the leaves to curl? A: It’s a ‘Wolf Eye’ kousa dogwood, one of my favorites. I think the curled leaves...

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Mandevilla – Seed Pods

Q: There are some strange-looking “sticks” growing from my mandevilla. A: Break out the cigars….you have seed pods! If you let them dry until brown they will split and show a bunch of seeds that have fluffy white tails, like...

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Apple – Sooty Blotch on Skin

Q: I planted couple of apple trees and this year I have a number of fruits. But I see black spots on them. I am wondering if this is some kind of disease and how I can prevent it. Are...

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Groundhog (Woodchuck) – Control

Q: I have a problem with a groundhog that is eating the leaves off my hot pepper plants in Gordon County The only solution I can come up with is to put chicken coop wire around the plants. A: If...

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