Gardening Q and A

Geese – Control

Q: I live in a neighborhood with two small lakes. One lake, in particular, has been the home to Canada geese since the inception of our community. The geese are fun to feed, lovely to look at, but they have...

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Armadillo – Control

Q: I have an armadillo that thinks he’s a bulldozer in my back yard. He (I guess it’s a “he”) has plowed up my flower beds and ruined parts of my lawn. We have a trap but he won’t go...

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Snake – Skins

Q: My neighbor found three big snake skins in his attic. We called a pest control company but they said they don’t handle snake calls. Can you tell me the name of a company that will help us eliminate snakes?...

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Mole – In Lawn

Q: Beginning in late May, we have had moles tunneling in our lawn. We have tried bombs, metal contraptions, and poisonous liquids to no avail. Now, we are preparing to aerate and reseed fescue for fall and don’t want to...

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Vole – Damage to Plants and Control

Q: When I was spraying my roses I noticed that one of my ‘Oklahoma’ hybrid Teas was drooping at the top. When I went out today it was drooping worse than ever. I pulled gently and it came out of...

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Cabbage – Savoy type

Q: On the TV show “Jeopardy” earlier this winter, one of the questions was something to the effect of: “You have to wash off the grit from the curly- as well as the smooth-leaved variety of this savoy vegetable.” The...

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Deer Control – Electric Fence

Q: Last week you mentioned that your cousin is using an electric fence to control deer. We live out in the country and the deer eat our hydrangeas, roses and althea like they are candy. No repellents seem to work....

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Pine Beetle- Control

Q: My husband has been diligently treating the bark of our pine trees with a borer prevention treatment for ten years. Our neighbors brought home some pine lumber that we now know has borers in it. He thinks that one...

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Squirrel – Parasites (Bot Fly)

Q: I have noticed several squirrels with bleeding lumps on their skin. Do you know what disease this is? A: For some gardeners, a few less squirrels in the world would be a godsend. Others, though, enjoy watching the antics...

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Squirrel – Chewing on Siding

Q: We recently had our house painted. Suddenly something is chewing on the siding, window sills and other areas. There were some boards replaced so I suppose some creature could be trying to get to something they hid behind damaged...

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Squirrel – Disturbing Plants

Q: I missed your talk about dealing with squirrels on the radio a week ago. I have a wooded backyard and want to plant some hellebores (Lenten rose) that I have in pots. Every time I put out something the...

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Squirrel – Flying

Q: I hear heavy thumps and thuds in my attic in the middle of the night. Also, something seems to be chewing the wood up there. Would raccoons do this? A: It is possible that raccoons have taken up residence...

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Squirrel – Control in Garden

Q: My apple and pear trees began to bear last year but I didn’t get a single one. The squirrels got them all! Now that I see the fruit beginning to form, what can I do to protect my crop?...

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Mango – Growing

Q: I planted two mango seeds which have sprouted in pots. Will they grow into a tree shape or a bush? A: Since a mango plant will not survive outdoor winter temperatures in Atlanta, you had better raise your mango...

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Irrigation System – Designing

Q: My parents live in Jenkins County and we are increasing the garden size to three full acres. I need to know where I can find information for an irrigation system. We already have an extra-deep well. Along with the...

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Water Flow Impediment – Law

Q: My neighbor (NNN) has installed a berm that is causing water to back up in my yard. Do you know if he can do this or not? It gets much higher and even after it’s gone (2-3 days), it...

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Japanese Beetle Control – Comparison of Chemicals

Q: I am not getting good control of Japanese beetles with Sevin. Are there alternatives? A: A University of Kentucky study compared several Japanese beetle control strategies. Their conclusion was that synthetic pyrethroid insecticides (deltamethrin, bifenthrin, Lambda- cyhalothrin, cyfluthrin)gave at...

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Irrigation System – Choosing Type

Q: I want to install a simple irrigation system for my lawn and flower beds. Should I use soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system? Is an oscillating lawn sprinkler any better than an impulse type? A: Your question is...

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