Gardening Q and A

Hydrangeas – Mysterious Boring

Q: For a number of years I’ve had a problem with some sort of borer getting into the stems of my hydrangeas. What can I do to get rid of them? A: There are any number of cane boring insect...

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Roses – Sawflies

Q: Will neem oil work to kill sawflies on my roses? A: Sawfly larvae can quickly riddle a rose leaf. The “worms” chew the leaves and leave characteristic holes. Neem oil, spinosad and insecticidal soap are all good organic means...

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Tree – Mushrooms on Trunk

Q:This recently started growing on my pecan tree. It is getting larger and multiplying. The tree did have leaves on it this summer but I do not remember if it had pecans. What is this and is it going to...

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Bababerry Raspberry – Evaluation

Q: I read Bababerry raspberry is supposed to be more heat tolerant because they fruit later after summer heat has gone down somewhat. I believe they were bred in Southern California. Well, only two of the five plants I planted...

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Onions – Flowering

Q: I have purple onions in my garden. Is there an issue if the onion sends up a flower before the bulbs fully develop? Should I cut off the flower head? A: Once an onion has begun the flowering process,...

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Tomatoes – Applying Lime

Q: Can I put dehydrated lime around tomatoes? When? A: I think you mean hydrated lime, calcium hydroxide. It is much different from garden lime, calcium carbonate. I do not recommend using hydrated lime in a garden: it is much...

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Sand – Usage Under Soil

Q: Does sand help a bermuda lawn grow faster? If so, how deep should it be? A: Sand by itself does not help a bermudagrass lawn grow faster. Sand is often used on golf courses to fill divots because the...

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Mushrooms – Identification

Q: I believe I have some morel mushrooms growing in my yard. I have looked morels up online and the pictures look exactly like what is growing. Can you help? A: I am not a mushroom expert so I can’t...

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Peonies – Time For Planting

Q: I have just received two peonies. Everything I read says fall is the best time to plant them. Can I store the tubers until this fall? A: No, no: you should plant them now. Fall is designated the “best”...

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Briars – Removing

Q: Our property was hit by a tornado four years ago. We lost big trees that shaded a creek; now there are lots of briars there. How can I eliminate them? A: You probably have wild blackberry or smilax plants....

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Armadillo – Holes In Yard

Q: Something is digging big holes in my yard and today I found trench-like horizontal holes around the front foundation. Could it be an armadillo? A: It sure sounds like an armadillo! In their search for grubs and insects to...

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Sandy Soil – Adding Color

Q: I have moved near Savannah. Our house doesn’t have much color in the landscape. There is a lot of sand in the soil here. What plants would you suggest for color? A: I’m terrible at landscape design and I...

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Pyracantha – Pruning

Q: I have a pyracantha growing beside my house. You’ve really got to love gardening to prune one, as you will have to endure getting stuck by its thorns. Is there a better way? A: I generally tell folks that...

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Cranberries – Growing Conditions

Q: Did I hear you say on radio that cranberries can be grown in Georgia? A: No, it’s way to hot here for cranberries to prosper. They require cool summers and cold winters plus lots of water around the roots....

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Snakes – On Doorstep

Q: We keep seeing snakes on our doorsteps. What is the best product to try to rid ourselves of them coming in the house? A: They are just using it for a “warming up” spot before leaving to catch mice...

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Waxwings – Flying Into Buildings

Q: I’ve seen several dead cedar waxwings at the entrance to my office. What do you think is killing them? A: In spring, waxwings sometimes eat too many over-ripe berries from nandina, hawthorn, and pyracantha. As a fruit-loving bird, they...

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Vines – Climbing Stone

Q: I am in the process of buying a rather ugly rock house and had thought I’d use creeping fig to redeem it, but I’ve seen a lot of it in Atlanta this spring that is dead from the cold....

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Corn – Planting Tips

Q: My grandson’s third birthday is soon; he will be three. As a gift to my grandson I would like to plant corn. Please tell me how. A: That little boy will have some great memories! If you have a...

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