Gardening Q and A

Squirrel Damage to Pepper Plant

Q: I planted peppers six weeks ago. One morning they were completely gone! So I planted a couple more plants two weeks ago and this time we put chicken wire around them. This morning this is all that is left!...

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Tree Has “Puddle” at Bottom

Q: While working in the yard, my husband came across this “puddle” under a tree in an otherwise dry yard. There were some kind of insects in it. What do you think? A: I think you have a condition called...

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Dogwood Planted Too Deep

Q: Just noticed today the debarking occurring on my 2-1/2 year old dogwood. What should I do? A: When I first received this question, photos of only the branches and upper trunk were included. I had a guess of what...

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Rat Hole Near Bird Feeder

Q: This hole appeared under the edge of my screened porch. There was a VERY large amount of dirt displaced from the dig. Any thoughts as to what it might be and how to deal with it? If it is...

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Varieties Of Lilacs Similar To Southern Lilacs

Q: I planted lilac cuttings I got from my mother’s yard in Rhode Island but they did not bloom. Are there Southern lilacs that look and smell like the ones of my childhood?  A: Different lilac varieties are adapted to...

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation

Q: My fiddle leaf fig started out really small and now it’s hitting the ceiling! Where will it go from here?  A: If you give your fiddle leaf fig enough space and light, it will grow 40 feet tall! My...

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Getting Rid Of Oak Saplings

Q: I have a beautiful live oak in my yard. For five years I have been battling oak saplings popping up in the landscape bed around it and in my grass as well. My landscaper has used Roundup in an...

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Black Spot Disease On Roses – Rotating Chemicals

Q: I believe my unhappy roses have black spot disease. What should I do? A: Black spot disease can rapidly make a rose raggedy. You can prevent the disease from affecting new leaves by spraying with a rose fungicide. The...

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Cardinal Climber Vines Are Not Blooming

Q: My three sunny cardinal climber vines are not blooming. They’re pretty big and green but no blooms.  A: Cardinal climber, and its parents, cypress vine and red morning glory, are vigorous annual vines. Given a good site in which...

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When To Fertilize My New Zoysia Sod

Q: I am a new homeowner. My zoysia sod has been down since late May. Does it need fertilizer?  A: If the sod seems to be strongly rooted down then it’s time to fertilize. You can buy any thing that...

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Noise Reduction Using Trees and Shrubs

Q: There is a rezoning proposal for land behind our neighborhood. It will likely be used for parking tractor trailers. The county recommends a 100’ deep buffer with a berm and the planting of Leyland cypress trees fifteen feet on...

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Flowers Falling Off My Tomatoes

Q: My tomatoes look very healthy but the flowers fall off.  A: Hot weather always causes tomato pollination problems, particularly with varieties that have large fruit. Visit your plants once or twice a day and lightly thump the flower clusters...

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How To Get Rid Of Millipedes?

Q: Do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of millipedes? A: The first step is to change the environment in which they thrive. Try to eliminate the moist areas where their eggs overwinter to reduce their initial...

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Can I Prune Okra?

Q: In last year’s garden the okra did well but grew way too tall. Can it be pruned to keep it lower and still produce well? A: You sure can! As our common okra varieties age, the top of the...

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When Will Lone Filbert Nut Tree Mature?

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more?  A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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Can I Kill Grubs To Make Moles Leave?

Q: Does it make any sense to control grubs with insecticide in an effort to make moles leave my lawn?  A: In a word: no. Killing grubs only makes moles search more frantically for other things to eat, such as...

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Getting Rid Of Rose Rosette Infested Roses

Q: Our favorite rose got the rose rosette crud. Does it need to be burned after removal?  A: You don’t need to burn it. The best thing to do is to clip the rose bush into small enough pieces that...

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Preventing Fescue From Growing In Bermuda Lawn

Q: How do I prevent fescue grass from growing in my bermuda grass sod yard?  A: The easiest way is to consistently mow the bermuda grass low. Fescue really hates being mowed lower than a couple of inches but bermuda...

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