Gardening Q and A

Planting – Perennials In Summer

Q: In spring, I planted some arborvitae and other shrubs but stopped for the summer months. I have noticed nurseries having great sales on perennials, shrubs, trees, etc. Can I buy plants now, keep them in the containers in my...

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Redbuds – Ambrosia Beetles

Q: We have two large redbuds. One is in serious trouble due to ambrosia beetles; I sprayed it in late April with insecticide. Now I notice the other has “sawdust toothpicks”. Would a systemic treatment help? A: Sad to say,...

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Crapemyrtle – Origins and Purchase

Q: Do you know where I can buy an evergreen crepe myrtle in the Atlanta area? A: The crapemyrtles we grow in the upper South are deciduous: they lose their leaves every year. Southern crapemyrtles are typically Lagerstromea indica and...

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Cinnamon Persimmon ( Hyakume) – Description and Recipe

Q: What can you tell me about cinnamon persimmons? A: The ‘Hyakume’ Asian persimmon is sometimes called Cinnamon Persimmon or Brown Sugar Persimmon. It is said to be one of the sweetest persimmons. It sometimes has flecks of brown in...

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Staghorn Fern – Scale Insects

Q: I have a staghorn fern that has developed a bug on it. I have lost several leaves. Can you advise what this is and what I need to do to get rid of it. A: Probably brown soft scale...

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Pine – Damaged by Termites and Rodents

Q: This tall pine has termite damage at the base that we just discovered last week. I’m worried that the tree could become weak and fall down and hit our house. A: Tree health specialist Chris Hastings www.arbormedics.com says that...

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Tree Planting – Remove Wire Cage?

Q: I just had a local nursery plant Trident maples in my landscape. They planted them with the heavy wire cages around the root ball. Is that OK? A: I think it’s more important to remove the burlap when planting...

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Tall Screen Tree – Savannah Holly

Q: I could use some quick advice. I’m about to plant some mature trees on my property line to provide a buffer from my neighbors. We need the trees to be about fifteen feet tall so I’ve decided to invest...

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Water Oak – Welts and Blisters

Q: My water oak has welts and blisters on the front and back of leaves and new foliage that appears shriveled. What is it? A: Your tree has oak leaf blister. Most of the infected leaves will fall from the...

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Bermuda – Homemade Weed Killer

Q: I saw online a recipe for homemade weed killer made from vinegar, salt and dishwashing liquid. I sprayed this on weeds in my bermuda lawn. Have I killed the bermuda grass too? A: You probably haven’t killed the grass....

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Horsehair Worm – Identification

Q: I have a plastic half-barrel with water lilies growing in it. On one of the floating leaves I found a skinny black worm, thin as a hair. What is it? A: It’s probably a harmless horsehair worm. Despite their...

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Basil – Stems Turning Brown

Q: I’m growing sweet basil indoors in a pot and I noticed that the stem was turning brown. Is there anything else I can do? A: It’s very difficult to be successful raising basil indoors. The plant needs full sunshine...

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Blackberries – Trimming The Cane

Q: The six thornless blackberries I planted last year are yielding beautiful big blackberries but they also each put out a huge cane. Do I just let those go and train them on the wire or should they be cut...

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Cats – Problems For Raised Beds

Q: Is there anything that will keep the neighborhood cats out of my raised beds? A: I think a well-aimed motion-activated sprinkler would send the cats skedaddling. Look online for the ConTech Scarecrow or the Havahart Spray Away. The cats...

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Pumpkins – Planting In A Pot

Q: Can I plant pumpkin seeds in a pot and then let them spread and grow for Halloween? A: It will have to be a BIG pot! Pumpkins have a big root system, needed to supply water to their numerous...

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Lemon Tree – Losing Leaves and Flowers

Q: I have a Meyer Lemon tree in a whiskey barrel planter. Every year when I bring it outdoors it drops its leaves and loses its flowers. A: I think it’s possible the lemon leaves are getting sunburned. Light levels...

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Raspberries – Dark Purple Berries

Q: I planted raspberry canes a few years ago. The berries turn dark purple when they ripen. Are they black raspberries? A: There are several varieties of deep purple/black raspberry. They are best suited for gardens in the West and...

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Peaches – Picking Your Own

Q: My family and I will be in Georgia at the end of June. Are there any farms where were can pick peaches? A: There are several pick-your-own farms within the greater metro Atlanta area. Most offer bathrooms, containers, and...

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