Gardening Q and A

Dogwood – No Leaves

Q: I transplanted a six-foot pink dogwood in early November. I knew it was a little on the large side to be transplanted. Now it has not leafed out. I have scrapped a branch and noticed greenish color. Is it...

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Elderberry – Finding One For Sale

Q: Do you know where there is an elderberry tree for sale? A: Like mimosa, elderberry is an attractive tree that has a bad reputation. It tends to colonize rapidly, displacing other plants. I’ve never seen them for sale at...

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Sprouts – Removing With Patience

Q: I had a paulownia tree in my front yard. I cut the tree down but the trunk remains. Now I am getting hundreds of sprouts throughout my lawn. Some are thirty feet from the trunk! How can I kill...

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Red Oaks – Mulching and Planting Underneath?

Q: Our yard has a couple of beautiful red oaks. An arborist recommended mulching around the tree. I am curious if it would hurt the tree to plant under hostas or azaleas under it. A: Mulching is a great idea....

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Peppers – Peak Picking Stage

Q: I grew cherry bomb peppers for the first time this year. Should they be picked while green or do you have to wait until they turn red? A: Peppers are edible at any stage of color but the mix...

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Cherry – Leaf Spot Disease

Q: My wife and I have a cherry tree in our yard that is not doing well. About this time every year the leaves of the cherry begin to show spots, turn yellow, and fall off. The process is gradual...

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Bees – Attracted To Pools

Q: Our neighbors recently planted a beautiful garden and set up two bee hives. Unfortunately the bees are attracted to our salt water swimming pool. We see groups at the top rung of the ladder and also on the waterfall,...

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Dodder – Preventing Parasites

Q: My beautiful flowering thrift suddenly has lots of very thin yellow strings on it. I pull them off as they do not seem to be rooted, just attached to the stems. A: It’s the parasitic plant named dodder, also...

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Violets – Out Of Control

Q: Wild violets are out of control in my bermuda lawn. I want to know is a product named “Confront” will kill this weed. I think it has been removed from the self but not really sure. My neighbor has...

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Potatoes – Planting In Fall?

Q: We would like to grow potatoes in the fall as well as spring, but we can never find seed potatoes in the fall. A: Fall potato planting isn’t nearly as successful as planting in early spring. The soil is...

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Moisture – Preventing Waterlogged Plants

Q: Do you have any advice for how to lessen moisture and prevent waterlogged plants during this super rainy summer? A: The first job is to remove mulch, except for a thin layer. The second task is to correct any...

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Ants – Baiting and Removal

Q: I have tiny brown ants everywhere: deck, garage, stoop, etc. I’ve used bait products plus I can spray an area and it may kill some but within an hour they are back. A: You might not be waiting long...

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Squash – Too Late To Plant?

Q: All the rain has wiped out all of my squash. Is it to late to put out a few more zucchini plants? A: Summer squash only takes 50 – 60 days to produce something to eat, so you have...

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Bermuda – Least Maintenance?

Q: Which of the hybrid bermudagrasses requires the least maintenance? A: TifWay (Tifton 419) and TifGreen (Tifton 328) are excellent hybrid bermudagrasses developed by Dr. Wayne Hanna in Tifton. Both require regular fertilization and frequent mowing to look their best....

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Edibles – Identifying Edible Plants

Q: Where do I go for a good book describing edible outdoor plants? A: Native plant expert Shannon Pable (shannonpable.com) suggests taking some wild edible classes first. That way you’ll have an experienced professional identify plants for you and point...

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Landscaping – Drawing Up Plans

Q: I’m looking for someone to draw up landscape plans. We’ll probably do the work ourselves, but we really need some professional help. A: Strictly speaking, if you want a “plan only ” service, it’s illegal for someone other than...

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Society Garlic – Identification

Q: Can the seeds collected from society garlic be planted and, if so, when? A: As its name implies, society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea, is a member of the onion family. Scott Ogden, author of “Garden Bulbs for the South” considers...

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Corn Smut – Black Kernels

Q: Every year we grow yellow sweet corn. Recently we discovered two deformed ears with some kind of fungus or growth that is white and black. It was very “yucky” looking! A: You say “yucky” but others say “yummy”! Your...

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