Gardening Q and A

Hole in Lawn – Tree Trunk Subsiding

Q: I have a single hole in my front lawn, about a foot deep, cleanly dug without loose dirt around it. It’s kind of in the middle of the lawn and not near anything. A: It looks like a spot...

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Fern – Sunburn in Spring

Q: We have a Macho fern that we bought last summer and it was doing great in a pot on the front porch, we brought it inside for the winter and it did very well. Now for the spring we...

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Palms – Cold Damage

Q: At my home there already existed around my pool two well-established palms. They looked fine *last* spring, but so far this year all the limbs are slanted down completely, and brown. Obviously we had a cold winter. Is there...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Dogwood

Q: I have an Asian dogwood. This spring little white “sticks” started popping out of the trunk overnight. I wiped them all off, (it looks powdery and comes off easily) but today they were all back. Would you know what...

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Camellia – Wires Embedded in Trunk

Q: I have taken on the monumental task of reclaiming my mother ‘s formal gardens because she has developed Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m concerned for some camellias which have been trained to grow up a shingled wall of the garage. They...

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Cherry Tree – Planted Too Deep

Q: I need your advice on a cherry tree that I planted three years ago. The tree trunk has been developing cracks and some branches are now dead. Can I save the tree? A: It sure looks like it was...

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Citrus Tree – Spider Mites

Q: Our orange tree has been indoors for the winter. The leaves now have a rust-looking deposit on them. It feels gritty when you rub the leaf. What can we do? A: I’m reasonably sure the plant is infested with...

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TifGrand Bermuda – Thinning

Q: In November 2011 we cleared out some of the trees in our backyard, brought in top soil, and created an area that looked something similar to an hourglass. There is a gentle slope from the top of the hourglass...

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Italian Cypress – Dead Foliage

Q: My Italian cypress has rust spots and I assume that is some sort of fungus. What do you recommend? A: In my experience Italian cypress is relatively short-lived. It grows wonderfully fast for a few years, looks majestic for...

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Rupturewort – Growing

Q: After searching for a grass-like ground cover that doesn’t flower I found Green Carpet Herniaria glabra Rupturwort on-line. Will it grow well in full sun in Alpharetta? A: I’ve not grown it but it’s listed as being hardy in...

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Butterflies – Identification

Q: I’ve already seen my first butterfly. Is there an easy source to use to identify it? A: Butterflies are exciting to see in a garden. They help pollinate plants but they are beautiful in their own right. I found...

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Cleyera – Leaf Spot

Q: I have some shrubs in front of my house that I keep pruned to about 5 feet tall. They’re 12-14 years old and have always looked great, but this year they have some kind of spot or disease. A:...

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Horseradish – Growing

Q: I bought a horseradish root from the grocery and placed it in a jar of water. I got sprouts! How do I separate the sprouts to give me multiple plants? A: I’d carefully slice down the middle to make...

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Grassology Grass – Growing in Georgia

Q: How does the new Grassology grass grow here? It’s sold on TV and at Bed Bath and Beyond. A: Despite the glossy ads, I have no confidence in this grass mixture at all for the metro Atlanta area. After...

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Goji Berry – Growing

Q: What do you know about growing goji berries? A: I have a plant in my backyard but it’s only been there for a year so  I have not had enough experience to judge yet. I found these two references,...

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Zoysia – Narrow Stripes of Dead Grass

Q: We have a Zeon zoysia lawn and I am stumped.These start out with one blackish spot and then about 24 hours later we have a STRAIGHT brown strip. We have tried various fungus stuff but nothing touches it. A...

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Tomato – Catfacing

Q: My Brandywine tomatoes look like some kind of mutants. The plant started off looking very healthy and was mulched and fertilized as I have always done. The first tomato harvested looked ok but did not have a good taste...

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Pre-emergent – Inhibit Thin Bermudagrass?

Q: When the label on a pre-emergent bag says it will prevent seeds from growing does that also mean it will keep bermudagrass from spreading into bare areas? A: Common pre-emergent herbicides labeled for use in turfgrass areas include benefin,...

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