Gardening Q and A

Pine Seedlings – Numerous in 2015

Q: I see pine seedlings all over. How do I get rid of them? A: Pine seedlings usually die before growing much larger. Arborist Chris Hastings (www.arbormedics.com) says he believes pines can have cyclical seed production just like oaks, sometimes...

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Rose Rosette Disease – Plant Roses Afterwards?

Q: Rose rosette disease has infected all my Knock Out roses. Now I have to dig them up and replace them. I would not recommend these roses unless until the rosette disease has a cure. A: All roses are susceptible...

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Tomato – Damaged by Leaf-footed Bug

Q: I have a bug that has wreaked havoc with my tomatoes for two years now. I kill every one I see but cannot keep up. They pierce the skin of the tomatoes and inject something that causes the tomatoes...

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English Ivy – Adult Form

Q: I was told this is poison sumac. It is growing up two of my trees to the point they are almost covered. Looks to be some type of ivy. A: It’s not poison sumac…it’s mature (“adult”) English ivy. Gardeners...

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Muscadine, Scuppernong – Flowers

Q: For the past seven years I have been unsuccessful at growing muscadines. I am not sure why the vines are not allowing the berries to mature, but each year I have blooms and small berries but by mid-June they...

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Cucumbers – Orange

Q: My daughter has her first garden this year and she has gotten orange cucumbers. She says they never turned green. What could be wrong? A: There are actually cucumber varieties that are yellow when mature. ‘Sunsweet’, ‘Chinese Yellow’ and...

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Small Plant in Big Container

Q: It did not take long to figure out why a Leyland that I planted last year died so quickly this year. I sure did not see this below the surface container that evidently prevented proper root propagation. A: Wow,...

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Cucumber – Twin Fruit

Q: I have never had twin cucumbers in my garden before! How common is this? All the others in my planter are singles. A: It’s not terribly common…but it’s not everyday either. Many years ago you could submit pictures of...

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What is this black blob?

Q: I found this on my pool wall and have never seen anything like it before. It looks like a blob with feelers. I think after touching it and finding out it has a shell that it would be in the...

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Tree Limb – Bent to the Ground

Q: My little tree suddenly had one of its trunks bend over to the ground after a heavy rain. It’s about thirty feet tall and has three small trunks. Can it be fixed or do I need to cut it...

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Compost Volunteer

Q: I have this plant growing in my compost pile. It has large leaves and a very prickly stem. It is growing very rapidly. A: It’s a squash of some sort. It resulted from seeds that you threw out from...

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Fig Leaf – No Lobes

Q: I would love to know what is going on here. These three cuttings came from a fig tree but one has no lobes like a normal fig. A: Very interesting! I think the non-lobed leaves are just a normal...

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Bumblebee – Nest

Q: I took this photo of a squirrel nest that was blown out of a tree. As I investigated it, there were carpenter bees all over it. Once they cleared out I opened the nest to find the bees had...

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Allegheny Mound Ants – Control

Q: This ant mound is three feet wide around the tree base. I’ve heard them called Allegheny Mound Ants. I have been fighting them in my yard for three years now. What to do!? A: Dr. Dan Suiter is my...

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Oak Leaf Blister – Identification

Q: There is something weird on my oak leaves. A: This is a fine example of oak leaf blister. The disease is favored by cool, moist conditions during budbreak and in the early stages of leaf development. It doesn’t seem...

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Millipedes – On Tree Bark

Q: I have an infestation of millipedes on all of my trees: flowering cherry, dogwood, Japanese maple, camellia and silver maple. I am new to the state of Georgia, originally from New Jersey. A: Wow – I wouldn’t have believed...

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Leaf Gall – On Leucothoe

Q: I live in Rabun County and I have this weird fungus on my leucothoe. Is it exobasidium leaf gall? A: You get the diagnostic prize: it’s Exobasidium vaccinnii! There are several members of this fungal clan. They cause leaf...

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Dog Urine – Damaging Liriope

Q: A neighbor’s dog has made repeated visits to my lawn and has killed the border of liriope. How can that soil be reconditioned so that I can replant with grass or replace the liriope? A: There’s nothing particularly dangerous...

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