Gardening Q and A

Centipede – Good Grass To Plant?

Q: We built a house last summer and finally moved in last November. We were told we needed to plant winter ryegrass as it was the only thing that would grow enough to prevent erosion on our new soil. Well,...

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Caterpillars – Determining Sex, Poisonous?

Q: My friends and I have found dozens of caterpillars under the trees in our school playground. How can you tell if a caterpillar is poisonous? Are there girl and boy caterpillars? I am nine years old. A: Knowing how...

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Tomatoes – Growing Indoors and Pollinating

Q: Do I need any kind of insects to pollinate tomato plants when I grow them indoors. A: Pollen has to travel somehow from one flower to the next but you don’t need insects do accomplish this. When your tomatoes...

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Dogwood – Beautiful And Huge!

Q: We recently moved into our home in Walton County, with a 2.4 acre wooded lot. In the middle of these woods we have discovered a beautiful dogwood tree that is now in bloom. As best we can estimate this...

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Honey Bees – Fewer and Fewer Every Year

Q: I have been pruning ornamentals professionally for over twenty years. This time of the year the plants, especially the holly’s, are alive with bees. Over the past few years, I’ve seen fewer and fewer honey bees. The past two...

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Aphids – Whats The Deal Here?

Q: I have bugs on my chrysanthemums. We think these are aphids…tiny sesame seed shaped black insects stuck all over the upper stems of the plants. How can they eat a plant from which the insecticide pyrethrin is made? A:...

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Azaleas – Pruning and Growth Tips

Q: Some of my azaleas have become rather leggy (spindley). They are blooming right up at the top but that’s about it. When they finish blooming is there any way to trim/prune them to make them bush out? Also, some...

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Ephedra – Substitute For Ma Huang

Q: Can we grow ephedra here in Atlanta? A: You wouldn’t be looking for a homegrown substitute for ma huang (CQ) would you? Herbal weight loss products have included extracts of the ephedra plant, called ^ma huang^, for the past...

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Ladybugs – Exterminating Them

Q: I read your article regarding ladybugs and have a similar problem in a building I maintain. You suggest that Dursban or Sevin can be sprayed around door openings for control. I am curious why our exterminator contractor has told...

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Aeration – Should You Do It and When

Q: When should I aerate my zoysia lawn? A: The right time to aerate zoysia, Bermuda and centipede lawns is in early summer, after they have greened up but before the heat stresses them too much. A further question, though,...

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Chameleon Plant – Fighting The Monster!

Q: HELP!! I thought the chameleon plant was so pretty when I bought it. For several years it was OK in the bed where it was planted. However, it has now taken over the bed and I want to get...

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Sap – Leaking From Birch Tree

Q: I have a ten year old river birch which has been steadily dripping a clear, odorless, tasteless (yes, I did) liquid from two branches for several weeks. Do you know what this is? What can I do about it?...

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Shothole – Prevention and Care

Q: My Otto Luyken laurel shrubs have numerous small holes in the leaves. The guy at the nursery said the disease is called “shot hole” but wasn’t sure how to control it. Do you know? A: Shothole is a common...

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Gardening – Comprehensive Societies List

Q: I am looking for the names of plant societies and information on how to contact them. Is there one central source? A: I think the most comprehensive list of plant societies and related organizations is maintained on the Internet...

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Fish Oil – Capturing Moths?

Q: A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the paper about using fish oil and flypaper in your closet to capture clothes moths. Can you give more details? A: I was intrigued by the same article but...

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Amazon – And Other Winners

Q: We just moved here after eight years Germany and are getting used to all the wonderful plants in the South. Recently I received a plant called “Amazon” and was told it was a Georgia Gold Medal winner. It is...

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Cast Iron – Plants From A Bulb?

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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Dogwoods – When Will They Bloom?

Q: Can you tell me when the dogwoods will be blooming in Atlanta? I have friends who want to come when they are at their height. A: My retired Extension friend Newton Hogg has forgotten more information about plants than...

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