Gardening Q and A

Pine – Pitch Canker Disease

Q: I have a strange white substance growing on two trees in my backyard. Can you help me identify it and tell whether it is a hazard to the trees? A: The white stuff is pine rosin (hardened sap) exuding...

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Dogwood – Leaves Brown

Q: I planted three 6ft. dogwoods this past June. I know it wasn’t the best time. Planted in the burlap ball, cut top of burlap only, added gravel under and mixed in some potting soil, watered daily throughout June and...

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Chinese Chestnut – Growing

Q: There is a tree up the street that these spiky things came from. What is the name of the tree, and how can I plant one from these acorns? A: They are Chinese chestnut burs. Each one contains 1...

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Poultry Litter – Controlling Odor

Q: In my county farmers put chicken manure on their pastures. Why do they do this? It really smells! A: Farmers put chicken litter on pastures instead of having to buy and apply commercial fertilizer. Chicken litter is a good...

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Anole (and snake) – In Camellia

Q: Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed up to six of these little green anole lizards in my camellia and holly bushes. About dusk, they crawl up the stem and find a leaf and sleep throughout the...

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Spreading Elephant Ear – Transplanting

Q: This elephant ear started about seven years ago from a shriveled up bulb found in a work bench area. It has gotten so big I need to know the easiest way to transplant some of it to different areas...

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Flowering Cherry – Limb Rot

Q: My Kwanzan cherry tree has splitting bark then the limb dies. No visible pests. What is your opinion? A: I see two smoking guns. In the first picture there is a hole that looks like it was formed from...

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Maple Tree – Planted Too Deep

Q: Near the ground on a young maple tree trunk there is an amorphous black shape. It looks like soot. This tree is one of a pair and is not as green or as large as the other that was...

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Dogwood – Repairing Damage

Q: After heavy rain a huge limb fell from a pecan tree on top of a small dogwood splitting it. What do I do now? A: Wow – this is tough to decide. I doubt very much if the split-away...

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Lotto Number Plant – Identification

Q: I bought seeds for a Lotto number plant. I planted it and it produced six numbers on the seed shell it after it sprouted. Currently the vine is about fifteen feet high. Can you identify it? A: It looks...

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Azalea – Poorly Watered After Planting

Q: I have some azalea bushes that are dying in my yard and I don’t know why. Over the last three months, little by little, branches have died. Now, this entire bush is about dead and the others are also...

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Grafted Pear – Bears Tiny Fruit

Q: I have a pear tree that has 3 varieties grafted on it. A few branches produce pear fruit, but this year most of the branches have these little balls. What’s going on? A: The limbs with little fruits are...

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Bermuda – Infiltrating Zoysia Lawn

Q: We have a ninety-five percent zoysia lawn. Some bermuda has infiltrated the zoysia. What is the best way to eliminate the bermuda? A: My neighbor has a thin-bladed zoysia (maybe ‘Emerald’) that has gradually overcome the bermudagrass in his...

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Hydrangea – Winter Damage

Q: We have two very large hydrangeas that are lush and healthy. But we haven’t had many blooms for the last couple of years. What can you suggest to increase blooming?     (written in summer of 2015) A: The...

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Spray Guard – Made From Plastic Bottle

Q: I heard you talking on the radio about a spray guard you made from a plastic bottle. Can you elaborate? A: I needed the guard because I was spraying weeds with herbicide close by my daylily bed. Making it was...

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Zoysia — Rust

Q: My sunny zoysia lawn has rust disease now in late July. I’ve treated it with fungicide and fertilized twice but I’m not sure it is getting much better. A: Rust seems to be associated with zoysiagrass more than the...

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Squirrel – Albino

Q: I have an albino squirrel that frequents my yard here in Norcross. I understand from my neighbor that at one time there were two, but now only this one. He comes often and is getting nice and big. A:...

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Brown Patch Disease – In Fescue

Q: I have this condition all over my fescue yard. Could you tell me what it is? A: It’s almost certainly brown patch disease. The circular spots with a green center give it away. Brown patch favors high relative humidity...

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