Gardening Q and A

Chipmunk – Control

Q: I recently poured one hundred and fifty gallons of water down a chipmunk’s hole and it didn’t fill it, nor did any come out anywhere else. I even checked under the house in case it was leaking there. How...

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Japanese Beetle – Controlled by Drought

Q: Where have all the Japanese beetles gone? Last year I had thousands, this year only one (and I had to search for that one). I do not spray so I know I had nothing to do with their disappearance....

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St. Augustine Grass – Growing

Q: I heard that you are cultivating a St. Augustine grass in your yard. I have had good success with it over the past forty years in a lawn near Stone Mountain. I have not seen any cold damage over...

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Aerator Shoes

Q: Rather than contacting an aeration service to aerate our fescue lawn this fall, I was wondering your opinion of the “aeration shoes” sold by specialty stores/catalogs. Are they a substitute for core aeration? A: I know the shoes are...

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Garlic – Growing

Q: I was wondering if you could give me some advice on growing garlic. What kind of soil do I need? A: Felder Rushing, author of the newly released “Tough Plants for Tough Places” is an eighth generation Southern garlic...

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Leyland Cypress – Problems

Q: We have four Leyland cypress trees that were planted after the big blow in ’98. They are beautiful, more than thirty feet tall. One looks as though it is dying. The branches are drooping and the foliage has withered...

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Crape Myrtle – Transplanting

Q: My wife has several small crape myrtles growing from seed in her garden. They came from a large white crape myrtle nearby. If I transplant them will they grow into a normal bush/tree or should we just cut them...

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Nutsedge – Control in Lawns

Q: Our community has a problem with nutsedge in the lawns. Our landscape company recommended a product called Basagran. They used it on a test area but I was not very impressed. The company says it requires two applications, but...

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Houttuynia – Chameleon Plant

Q: I bought a plant labeled ‘Chameleon’ houttuynia, labeled as a colorful perennial. I have another plant simply identified as ‘Chameleon’ which is pretty in the spring and summer but becomes raggedy in the winter. The plant I have had...

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Camellia – Planting Seed

Q: I have two camellias that have been in my family for over 60 years. One of them has always produced an occasional fruit. This year there is a large crop of 10 or more. I remember asking my mother...

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Geranium – Hardy Type

Q: On your radio show you mentioned hardy geraniums to use as a ground cover. I didn’t catch all of the conversation. Could you fill me in? A: In my opinion, hardy geraniums are vastly underused in Georgia gardens. Unlike...

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Spider Lily – Where to Get

Q: I have been looking to buy spider lily bulbs for about a year now. Can you tell me where I might find them and at what time of year do you plant them? A: Red spider lilies (Lycoris radiata)...

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Aphids – On Trees in Fall

Q: We have a tree in our front yard and it is covered with little gnats. There is a pile an inch or more deep at the base of the tree and they cover most of the limbs and trunk....

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Maple – Making Syrup from Sap

Q: I have about ten large red maple trees. I have read that red maples can be “sugared” to make syrup. Is this true? Are ten trees enough to experiment with? A: In Vermont’s maple country, making syrup is time-consuming...

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Zoysiagrass – Control

Q: I have a problem with zoysiagrass creeping into my asphalt driveway and ruining it. How do I get rid of the zoysiagrass? A: One option is to spray the zoysiagrass along the driveway with glyphosate (Roundup, etc) each month....

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Redbud – Seed Pods

Q: I have a three year-old ‘Oklahoma’ redbud. This summer there appears to be something growing off a limb that looks like a small green bean. It is an inch in length and is black. What is it? A: It’s...

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Pressure Washing – Harm to Plants

Q: I’m getting ready to pressure wash the outside of my home. I’m concerned that the plants near my house will be harmed by the chemicals I use to do the initial cleaning. I’m afraid that the bleach mixture will...

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Zoysiagrass – Removing bermudagrass

Q: Removing one turfgrass from another is a tough assignment. Digging is one option but it is hard work. If you use a chemical, how will a herbicide tell one from the other? Here is one way: Q: I seeded...

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