Gardening Q and A

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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Magnolia Scale – Controlling

Q: What is the best treatment for the bugs causing this mold. I am afraid it is killing my magnolias. A: Your magnolia has a severe infestation of one of the several species of scale insects. The motionless insects feed...

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Deer Damage to Tree – Repairing?

Q: This tree is about three years old. A deer scratched off the middle branches with its antlers. Is there anything I can do to encourage new limbs to grow in the middle so it looks like a Christmas tree...

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Split Trunk – Will It Heal?

Q: One of my large flowering cherry trees split down the middle. Can I save it by putting a strap around the tree and pulling it back together? A: Eventually the tree will fail but you might be able to...

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Stump Sprouts – Growing

Q: I had a very old oak tree that got some kind of root disease and it had to be removed. I did not have the stump ground down. It is sprouting baby oak trees along with huge mushrooms. If...

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Osteospermum (African daisy) – Leaf Damage

Q: I planted this flower a few weeks ago. Something seems to be eating it. A: Osteospermum (African daisy) is very attractive and has few insect enemies. This looks like moderate feeding damage caused by a leaf-footed bug or a...

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Pear Gourd – Identification

Q: During this past spring, I noticed a plant growing in my front yard. I let it grow and it turned out to be a gourd plant! I continued to let it grow until I harvested the gourds last week....

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Lacebark Elm (Chinese Elm) – Identification

Q: What kind of tree is in these pictures? Are they hardy for north GA? A: A nice looking lacebark elm! It is an excellent tree and would grow well in north Georgia. The mottled bark is particularly attractive. Dr....

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Centipedegrass – pH too High

Q: I have parts of my centipede lawn that are light-colored. I have done a Clemson University soil sample and the soil pH is 6.8. What do you think caused this discoloration? A: I think the problem is that soil...

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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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