Gardening Q and A

Honey Bees – Fewer and Fewer Every Year

Q: I have been pruning ornamentals professionally for over twenty years. This time of the year the plants, especially the holly’s, are alive with bees. Over the past few years, I’ve seen fewer and fewer honey bees. The past two...

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Aphids – Whats The Deal Here?

Q: I have bugs on my chrysanthemums. We think these are aphids…tiny sesame seed shaped black insects stuck all over the upper stems of the plants. How can they eat a plant from which the insecticide pyrethrin is made? A:...

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Azaleas – Pruning and Growth Tips

Q: Some of my azaleas have become rather leggy (spindley). They are blooming right up at the top but that’s about it. When they finish blooming is there any way to trim/prune them to make them bush out? Also, some...

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Ephedra – Substitute For Ma Huang

Q: Can we grow ephedra here in Atlanta? A: You wouldn’t be looking for a homegrown substitute for ma huang (CQ) would you? Herbal weight loss products have included extracts of the ephedra plant, called ^ma huang^, for the past...

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Ladybugs – Exterminating Them

Q: I read your article regarding ladybugs and have a similar problem in a building I maintain. You suggest that Dursban or Sevin can be sprayed around door openings for control. I am curious why our exterminator contractor has told...

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Aeration – Should You Do It and When

Q: When should I aerate my zoysia lawn? A: The right time to aerate zoysia, Bermuda and centipede lawns is in early summer, after they have greened up but before the heat stresses them too much. A further question, though,...

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Chameleon Plant – Fighting The Monster!

Q: HELP!! I thought the chameleon plant was so pretty when I bought it. For several years it was OK in the bed where it was planted. However, it has now taken over the bed and I want to get...

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Sap – Leaking From Birch Tree

Q: I have a ten year old river birch which has been steadily dripping a clear, odorless, tasteless (yes, I did) liquid from two branches for several weeks. Do you know what this is? What can I do about it?...

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Gardening – Comprehensive Societies List

Q: I am looking for the names of plant societies and information on how to contact them. Is there one central source? A: I think the most comprehensive list of plant societies and related organizations is maintained on the Internet...

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Fish Oil – Capturing Moths?

Q: A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the paper about using fish oil and flypaper in your closet to capture clothes moths. Can you give more details? A: I was intrigued by the same article but...

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Amazon – And Other Winners

Q: We just moved here after eight years Germany and are getting used to all the wonderful plants in the South. Recently I received a plant called “Amazon” and was told it was a Georgia Gold Medal winner. It is...

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Cast Iron – Plants From A Bulb?

Q: I’m looking for more information on cast iron plants. My new home has some close to the house. It looks great and also hides that red clay stain on the brick foundation! Are these plants from a bulb? Can...

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Dogwoods – When Will They Bloom?

Q: Can you tell me when the dogwoods will be blooming in Atlanta? I have friends who want to come when they are at their height. A: My retired Extension friend Newton Hogg has forgotten more information about plants than...

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Paper – Usage In The Garden

Q: Can I can use the shredded paper from my desk for mulch in and around flowers?  A: You certainly can! The paper itself is harmless and the ink or toner from printers is mostly carbon. I would recommend soaking...

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Bermuda – Control in Flower Bed

Q: I am trying to control weeds bermudagrass in my flower beds. What should I use? A: A quick answer is that you can simply dig it out but I know that’s a chore if you have big beds. There...

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Leyland Cypress – Spittlebug

Q: I have Leyland cypress trees, most of which have small sticky bags all over them. What are they and what do I do? A: They’re spittlebug nymphs. These creatures suck sap from their host and exude a frothy spittle,...

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Bean Teepee (Bean House) – Construction

Q: We made a bean house with field fence sections and topped it with a cucumber trellis that was too short for us to use for cucumbers. It turned out to be very effective for growing beans and made them...

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Pecan Spittlebug – Identification

Q: I have notice a white wad of foam around the stem where my pecans are growing,;what’s going on? A: The foam is caused by pecan spittlebug nymphs. This has been a good year for spittlebugs of all kinds due...

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