Gardening Q and A

Ivy – Removing From a Wall

Q: Our house is clad with synthetic stucco. We removed some climbing vines but the stucco had stuff on it after we removed the vines. It is impossible to pull it off ! Do you have any idea how we...

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Starting Vegetable Seed – Best Timing

Q: When is the best date in north Georgia to start vegetable seeds so as to be ready to transplant into our garden? A: It all depends on which plants you want to grow. Some, like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and...

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African Violet – Repotting Offsets

Q: My African violet has produced another stem from the main stem and the new “baby” is blooming! Can I divide them? A: It’s not terribly unusual for a mature African violet to make a “baby” sprouting from the main...

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Monarch Butterfly – Attracting

Q: I’d like to plant milkweed to attract and feed Monarch butterflies. Where can I get seed? A: “Monarchs Across Georgia” is a project of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia . They have a great website that lists resources...

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Climbing Spikes (Spurs) – Damage to Tree

Q: I have some large pines in the yard that need some dead limbs taken out. Will the climbing spikes on a tree guy’s boots hurt the tree? A: The consensus among professional tree care companies is that spikes do...

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‘Yellow Delicious’ Apple – Pollination

Q: I recently purchased a Yellow Delicious apple tree. Do I need a pollinator for it? A: You’ll get reasonably good fruit set with a single tree but better pollination will occur if you have a ‘Stayman’ or ‘Rome Beauty’...

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Mole Control – Close the Tunnels

Q: We have moles digging up our yard. How do we get rid of them? A: Mole control partially depends on your own psychological makeup. If you are a Type A person who simply must see a dead mole, use...

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Pre-emergent – Application in Coastal Georgia

Q: I’ve seen your recommendation to apply a pre-emergent on March 1. Is that just for the Atlanta area? When should I apply pre-emergent herbicide on the Georgia coast? A: You’re right. Crabgrass wakes up earlier in warmer sites in...

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Hand Cream – For Gardeners’ Dry Skin

Q: A while back I heard an advertisement for a hand cream for gardeners with dry skin. Do you know its name? A: I’ve used Udder Butter before with good results. It was invented to heal skin cracks in cow...

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Vole – Damage to Base of Cherry

Q: This cherry tree is my favorite and its base is showing this damage. I do not want to lose it. A: I’ve seen identical damage at the base of a flowering cherry that “up and died” overnight. One day...

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Florida Betony – Edible

Q: I have a very invasive weed with a tuberous root. Can you tell me what it is and how to get rid of it? A: It’s a really bad weed: Florida betony (aka rattlesnake weed). It’s hard to control but...

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Hollow Tree – Rocks in Center

Q: I cut down a big red oak tree and found rocks in the hollow center. How did they get there? Possibilities include: long ago damage to tree and rocks were dumped in via the top (but there are no...

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Philodendron – Rooting in Water

Q: I was pruning one of my philodendrons before putting them in the greenhouse for the winter. My wife found one of the leaves and put it in a glass with water. Now, here it is with a decent root...

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Tomato Leaf Miner

Q: What do you know about the new pest tomato leaf miner? A: Zero! A gardener brought the pest to my attention in January, 2015 and all I could find was warnings that it would be very hard to manage....

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Crapemyrtle – Bark Scale

Q: What do you know about crapemyrtle bark scale? A: All I know was passed to me by Steve Pettis in the Rockdale Extension office. Here are some references: Crapemyrtle Bark Scale – Arkansas Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Spreading in...

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Jelly Fungus – On Twig

Q:I am guessing this is some kind of fungus and it isn’t good for my tree. A: It looks like one of the jelly fungi, probably Exidia recisa. The twig is dead and the fungus is decomposing it. No harm...

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Nostoc Bacteria – In Damp Gravel

Q: I have this stuff that looks like dark green seaweed growing on my gravel driveway. I looked online and found posts on garden forums from other people who have it and no one can seem to get rid of...

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Hellebore (Lenten Rose) – Aphids

Q: I was piddling around with my hellebores yesterday (Jan 25, 2015) and found a big infestation of aphids under the leaves of my ‘Ivory Prince’. I didn’t know aphids attacked hellebores! A: You are very observant! Hellebores have their...

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