Gardening Q and A

Shamrocks – Pretty Lavender Flowers

Q: Some wonderful shamrocks have come up in our back yard. They have lavender flowers that close up in the evening. Is it unusual for shamrocks to come up voluntarily like this? A: This is perfectly normal; shamrock seeds and...

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Hydrangea – Blooming A Different Color?

Q: Last year my daughter gave me a hydrangea that had a gorgeous deep mauve bloom. I planted it and it has grown very well. But I was surprised when the bloom opened and is now blue. What do I...

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Japanese Maple – Blessed With Seedlings

Q: This past fall, my daughter and I collected seeds from our Japanese maple trees to stratify and eventually sell, in lieu of a lemonade stand. Everything went well. We planted the seeds in March. I then noticed to my...

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Moon Plant – Pretty Flowered Weed

Q: We are looking for something the grower calls a moon plant (not moon vine). It has white flowers, many branches and grows into a bushy, spreading plant that reproduces rather aggressively. A: “White flower, bushy and spreads aggressively” brings...

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Crapemyrtle – Infested With Ambrosia Beetles

Q: I noticed some worm-like protrusions on the trunks of one crape myrtle. It looks like sawdust so I assume it is some kind of borer. Can this be treated? A: You have Asian ambrosia beetles boring into your crapemyrtle....

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Zoysia – Taking Up Your Lawn For Construction

Q: I have to take up my zoysia when it is dormant this January to have a pool put in. Will it survive a month before I am able to put it back down where construction was? A: It’s hard...

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Dripline – What Is It?

Q: I saw your Facebook post about covering exposed roots with mulch out to the dripline. What is a dripline? A: The dripline is an imaginary circular line under a tree’s outermost branch tips, where rainwater drips off the leaves....

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Ginko – Champion Outside The High!

Q: We have just discovered the massive gingko tree in front of the High Museum. I’ve never seen one so large. Is it any kind of record holder? A: This terrific tree is the champion ginkgo in Georgia! I love...

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Blueberry – Very Large Variety

Q: I’ve heard of a new variety of blueberry which is very large. Can you remind me of the name? A: Blueberries are now the number one fruit crop grown in Georgia, far outranking peaches and apples. This delicious blue...

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Wisteria – Growing On Your Oak

Q:Will wisteria damage my forty-year-old oak tree? I planted the vine two years ago and it is really growing but a friend said I should cut it down. A: Eventually you will regret letting wisteria (or ivy) grow up your...

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Apple Trees – Losing Fruit Overnight

Q: I have a mature apple tree and most of the fruit recently dropped to the ground overnight. What caused this? A: Early fruit drop in general is most often caused by poor pollination. When pollen doesn’t get to developing...

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Narcissus – Waiting Until October

Q: I have a small patch of paperwhite narcissus. They have been in the ground three years. When I cleared the dead foliage recently I saw that the bulbs had migrated to the surface of the soil. Should I dig...

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Dogwood – No Leaves

Q: I transplanted a six-foot pink dogwood in early November. I knew it was a little on the large side to be transplanted. Now it has not leafed out. I have scrapped a branch and noticed greenish color. Is it...

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Elderberry – Finding One For Sale

Q: Do you know where there is an elderberry tree for sale? A: Like mimosa, elderberry is an attractive tree that has a bad reputation. It tends to colonize rapidly, displacing other plants. I’ve never seen them for sale at...

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Sprouts – Removing With Patience

Q: I had a paulownia tree in my front yard. I cut the tree down but the trunk remains. Now I am getting hundreds of sprouts throughout my lawn. Some are thirty feet from the trunk! How can I kill...

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Red Oaks – Mulching and Planting Underneath?

Q: Our yard has a couple of beautiful red oaks. An arborist recommended mulching around the tree. I am curious if it would hurt the tree to plant under hostas or azaleas under it. A: Mulching is a great idea....

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Peppers – Peak Picking Stage

Q: I grew cherry bomb peppers for the first time this year. Should they be picked while green or do you have to wait until they turn red? A: Peppers are edible at any stage of color but the mix...

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Cherry – Leaf Spot Disease

Q: My wife and I have a cherry tree in our yard that is not doing well. About this time every year the leaves of the cherry begin to show spots, turn yellow, and fall off. The process is gradual...

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