Gardening Q and A

Nandina – Berry Color

Q: I transplanted several runners from a white berried nandina to a different part of my yard. Now that they are maturing, they’re displaying red berries, not white. Can you think of any possible explanation? A: The white (or yellow)-berried...

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Mosquito – Winter

Q: It was 49 degrees outside last week and I swatted a mosquito buzzing me in my living room. Isn’t it a little late for mosquitos around here? A: Mosquitoes take 10 – 15 days of warm temperatures to grow...

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Shrubs – Planting In Winter

Q: I do landscape work and I understand that planting perennials in the fall is best due to soil temperatures and water requirements. What are your thoughts about planting shrubs in winter? It seems to me that as long as...

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Tree – Tangerines and Limes?

Q: A lady told me about being at her mother’s home in south Georgia and seeing tangerines on a tree. Her mother claims that it had previously yielded 250 limes. Can you explain? A: I can think of two (no,...

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Raccoon – Rolling Up Sod

Q: I live in a rural subdivision in Rockdale County. We back up to the Yellow River, so we see a lot of deer. I had ten pallets of zoysia sod installed in early October. Every day for the last...

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Anole (Lizard) – In the House

Q: I recently moved back here from Tampa. There, small lizards are found everywhere – they’re as common as squirrels and mosquitos. Here in Atlanta, in all of my life, I have never once seen a lizard inside or outside...

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Oak – Losing Bark, Trunk Rotting

Q: I have a white oak which is losing bark and there’s a white chalky residue present where the bark is falling off. Can you identify the problem and advise a remedy? A: My bet is that water is getting...

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Pecan Leaves – Using in a Vegetable Garden

Q: Are pecan leaves good to mulch a garden? The local Cub Scout pack will be raking leaves at our church and I was planning to put them on our community garden there.  A: It’s well-known that juglone, a chemical...

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Thorny Tree – Decorate with Gumdrops

Q: My family went on an annual woods trek with my 83-year-old mother to look for what she calls a “hall tree”. It is a small prickly bush that we piece together into Styrofoam and adorn with gumdrops to make...

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Chia – Growing in Georgia

Q: Can we grow chia in Georgia? I like to sprinkle the health-giving seeds on my cereal. A: I have fond college memories of growing chia on a clay figure of Richard Nixon. He had a scraggly green beard but...

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Cryptomeria – Two Trunks

Q:We have recently had new cryptomerias planted. One of the trees has two trunks and we have been told we should cut the smaller one off. Should we cut it or leave it? A: Because the trunks are leaning outward...

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Snowball Viburnum – Lacecap Flowers

Q: I planted a snowball bush three years ago. It bloomed beautifully this spring. This fall it started blooming again but instead of snowballs it looks just like a lacecap hydrangea. How could that happen? A: It’s lovely for me...

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Pine Tree – Brown Needles in Fall

Q: I’m seeing a lot of brown needles on my pine trees this fall. Is this normal? A: It’s perfectly normal. Although we think of pine trees as evergreen, a better description would be “semi-evergreen”. An individual needle stays on...

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Ringnecked Snake – Identification

Q: This little fellow showed up on my patio today. Can you identify what kind of a snake this is? A: It’s a lovely little ringnecked snake. It is completely harmless. It could even be considered a garden helper since...

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Rugosa Rose – Growing

Q: While on vacation in Maine we loved seeing the beach roses in the sandy soil! They smelled beautifully. Would these roses make it here? A: I’ll bet you were seeing rugosa roses. The leaves have a characteristic corrugated surface....

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Horse Pasture – Resources

Q: My daughters want to have horses on our property. Does UGA have resources for them? A: The University of Georgia has excellent resources for you. Read these then call your local Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1. Fences for Horses Horse...

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Dogwood – Leaf Spot in Fall

Q: What are these spots on my dogwood leaves? How do I control them? A: Elizabeth Little, a plant disease expert at UGA says it is likely Pseudocercospora cornicola. Leaf spots are more prevalent during wet weather and are nothing...

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Cryptomeria – Difference Between ‘Yoshino’ and ‘Radicans’

Q: What is the difference between cryptomeria Yoshino and cryptomeria Radicans? A: I haven’t grown either personally but my landscaper friends say this: Danna Cain “The radicans are smaller, a darker green and I’m told have better resistance to tip...

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