Gardening Q and A

Tree Seedlings – Purchasing Inexpensively

Q: I want to plant chestnut oak trees. I haven’t been able to find them for sale or in the woods. Could you point me in the right direction? A: The Georgia Forestry Commission Reforestation Department sells several species of...

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Raised Bed – Materials

Q: Someone recently told me I should not plant vegetables in a raised garden made with landscape timbers. Are there any non-treated landscape timbers available? A: There is no reason to use presently available pressure treated lumber in your garden...

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Blueberry – Yellow Leaves

Q: I have four blueberry bushes that are six years old. This year the leaves on two of the bushes are turning yellow but not falling off. Do they need more water or are they missing a mineral? I don’t...

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Squash – Identifying

Q: My curiosity has gotten the best of me. I opened my compost bin one day to find dozens of tiny sprouts. My mother, a farm-raised lady, recognized these as squash sprouts. Since my wife and I often eat yellow...

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Ladybeetle – Raising

Q: I would love to know how to raise ladybugs in quantity. When I was in Arabi working on their water system I bet there was over a hundred pounds of ladybugs and another hundred pounds of mud daubers in...

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Gardening – First Steps

Q: I am writing for advice on the fundamentals of gardening. I am about to purchase my first home in LaGrange and I hope to dedicate a substantial amount of time to my lawn and garden. I am hoping that...

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Possum – Control

Q: I have noticed a possum climbing a tree in my yard for the past week. I swear he is as big as my Standard Poodle. Do I ignore him–encourage him–discourage him–get rid of him? Is he dangerous or harmless?...

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Lantana – Allelopathy

Q: This year I tried to grow some gladioli in a spot where I had lantana last year. The results were tortured looking. After researching on the Web I find that lantana is allelopathic but I could not find how...

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Spider – Control

Q: Q: We have tiny spiders that spin webs on the inside of the window and between the window and the screen. We have tried spraying insecticide on the sills but that does not seem to work. I think you...

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Tree Hole – Filling

Q: I just purchased a home with two very old Japanese maple trees in my front yard. I noticed that one of them has a hole in the base of the trunk large enough for a small adult fist to...

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Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier Water – Using in Landscape

Q: Can I use the water that drips from my air conditioner or dehumidifier on my flowers? A: Yes, you can! The water is nothing more than distilled water and is perfectly safe. Georgia EPD watering rules exempt you from...

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Lawn – Failure to Green Up

Q: We had freezing weather after my zoysiagrass had started greening up. It turned brown afterward and now, three weeks later, it has little greenery showing. What should I do now? A: Warm temperatures in March can make warm-season grasses...

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Paulownia (Princess Tree) – Identification

Q: This plant popped up (and how!)and is still growing. What in the world is it? A: In a “Biggest Leaf” contest, the prize almost always goes to either your tree, the paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) or the Chinese parasol tree...

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Damaged Tree – Arborists

Q: I have two damaged trees. One looks like it got struck by lightening and the other just has a hole in the bottom that seems to tunnel up into the tree. Is there anything I can do to save...

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Springtails – Collembola

Q: My friends showed me a very mysterious purple-ish spread on their concrete driveway after a warm rain in December. It is made up of tiny bugs and they are moving slowly. We are concerned about this invasion. A: Can...

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Leyland Cypress – Repairing Vandalized

Q: I planted 12 Leyland Cypress trees approx 3 years ago to grow as a privacy hedge between me and my neighbors. They have done very well and were approx 8-10 ft tall. Today, I found 2 of them vandalized...

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Tomato – Hornworm Wasp Parasite

Q: I put what I believe was a tomato hornworm in a jar with plenty of tomato plant foliage to chew on so my 7-year old could witness the transformation to pupa and then into moth. After a couple of...

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Velvet Ant – Identification

Q: I have discovered a new insect around my yard and it doesn’t look nice. It looks like a big, red ant with a black stripe around the middle. My neighbor said they are “cow ants”. A: The insect you...

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