Gardening Q and A

Tree Planting – Remove Burlap

Q: What is best, pushing the burlap down in the hole or totally removing the burlap around “balled and burlapped” tree rootballs? A: It’s best to remove to totally remove it. Burlap is often chemically treated to prevent it from...

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Magnolia – Algal Leaf Spot

Q: We have a number of magnolia trees in our yard. On some of them the leaves are heavily infested with circular brown spots, about a quarter of an inch in diameter. Any thoughts? A: It’s probably algal leaf spot....

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Worm Snake – Identification

Q: This morning, while out topping off the bird feeders, this thing fell out of the sky and bounced off the roof of the house, landing near my feet. My guess is he wiggled away from whatever bird had planned...

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Perennial Ryegrass – In Bermudagrass

Q: I am terribly frustrated trying to figure this situation out. I have a problem with green grass coming up in my dormant bermudagrass sod. Last year it progressively got worse – to where in January it looked like the...

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Greenash – Planting

Q: I was looking for a shade tree for our back yard; one that would grow rather quickly but not have evasive roots or a weak structure. I was looking through a tree book of mine and came across the...

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Euphorbia lathyris – Identification

Q: The attached photos are of an odd plant that pops up in different places each year in my backyard. The leaves on the bottom part of the stem are different from the leaves at the top. What is it?...

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Currants – Growing

Q: As a child, we had a huge currant bush on the farm where I grew up in Lincoln County. I have never seen one before or since. Is this a viable plant for this area? If so, where would...

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Mulch – Using Rubber Mulch For Plants

Q: How do you feel about using the dyed mulch made of rubber around plants? Seems to me it would dry up and look awful after a while. A: I can tell you that un-dyed mulch is dustier and more...

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Calcium Chloride – Dust Control

Q: Since rain has been lacking recently, my fescue lawn has gotten very sparse and the soil is very dusty. When I mow, the resulting dust cloud is truly spectacular. My wife has been trying to convince me to put...

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Luffa – Not Maturing

Q: Inspired by your luffa segment on one of your TV shows, we decided to try the same. Last year, we tried doing them in containers. Problem was that the gourds were not mature before the first freeze. Afterwards, they...

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Duck Potato (Sagittaria)

Q: I called your show last weekend and asked about a plant that had “arrowhead” shaped leaves and what to do to control it. It was thought to be “Dutch Potato” or “Sagateria”. I did go to the Cooper Seeds...

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Crowder Peas vs Purple Hull Peas

Q: Are Crowder peas and purple hull peas one and the same? A: In my opinion, no. Crowder peas are usually “crowded” in the hull but purple hull peas are just that: “purple...

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Bats – on Attic Louvers

Q: Yes, that is right. We have BATS hanging on the wire screen behind the Air Louvers.  Is there anything that I can spray on them from inside the attic to discourage them from returning. A: If you spray water...

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Amur Honeysuckle – Identification

Q: I have two of these big shrubs growing in my yard. The red berries are pretty in October. Can you identify it? A: When I filmed television shows in Cincinnati we constantly battled this shrub: amur honeysuckle, Lonicera mackii.,...

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Lawn Grass – Selecting in North Carolina

Q: My wife and I are moving to New Bern, North Carolina to build our retirement home in approximately 10 months. We both were raised in the mid-west where grass grows up and down and not side ways and does...

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Gecko – Control

Q: I must be living on top of a gecko nest. I have cut the bushes down that are around my house, hoping to eliminate their living area, but to no avail. They are crawling on my brick and have...

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Pesticide – Odor

Q: You mention on your website that you became aware of a box of apple pesticide in your Dad’s house because of the “odd odor”. Can you describe that odor to me? I am dealing with an odor best described...

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Zoysia – Planting in Long Island, New York

Q: My parents sold their house that has a beautiful Emerald Zoysia lawn, and the buyer is knocking down the house to build a much bigger one. We can take the Zoysia grass and I want to transplant it on...

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