Gardening Q and A

Chickens – Light Needed for Laying Eggs

Q: What makes chickens slow down their egg production? We have six hens and have started getting only five eggs per day. A: You’re getting the right number of eggs for autumn but production will decline in winter. Much depends...

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Leyland Cypress – Dead After April Planting

Q: How can I tell if my tree is simply browning and suffering due to lack of water, or if it’s gone and dead? I have nine evergreens, all planted in April and one is not looking good at all....

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Japanese Chaff Flower – Control

Q: What is this ornery weed trying to take over my garden. When it started last year, I first thought it was my ‘Black and Blue’ sage but soon discovered it was not. It has a square stem and smooth...

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Praying Mantis – Eating a Fly

Q: I was working in the yard with my helper and we spotted this praying mantis eating a fly!  A: Nature at its finest! You might also spot egg sacs on twigs in winter. I recommend you leave it in place....

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Fescue – Bulldog 51 Variety

Q: Have you had any experience with Bulldog 51 fescue? A: I have not but UGA turf expert Clint Waltz says it came out of the UGA turfgrass breeding program fifteen years ago. It’s an improved tall fescue cultivar that...

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Live Oak – Leafy Gall

Q: What is this on my live oak? A: UGA plant pathologist Jean Williams-Woodward says it is a leafy oak gall. It is harmless to the tree. Leafy Oak Gall...

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Squirrel – Chewing on Deck

Q: We installed a new cedar deck about a year ago and sealed it with an oil-based sealant two weeks ago. This week I noticed what looks like scratches and droppings in an area near the patio door. The deck...

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Oak – Wooly Leaf Gall

Q: I found this leaf with the fuzzy elongated growth stuck to it in my yard. Can you tell me what the growth is? A: It’s a wooly oak leaf gall. It’s caused by an insect that lays eggs on...

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PeeGee Hydrangea – Pruning

Q: I’m having trouble with my hydrangea trees. The branches sag too much. This past spring I pruned them down to practically nothing.They continue to grow massive flowers, causing branches to sag and break. Any ideas how to maintain a...

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Locust Tree – Root Sprouts

Q: My neighbor had several locust trees cut down last year. This year there have been a huge number of sprouts coming up from the roots. I’ve used Brush-B-Gon a couple of times but new sprouts come up weeks later....

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Tenacity and Poa Constrictor – Use on Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua)

Q: What do you think about Tenacity or Poa Constrictor to remove annual bluegrass from my lawn? A: Both products are used by professionals and both are available to homeowners, though they are expensive. That said, you have to be...

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Tree Limb – Sudden Breaking

Q: I have a beautiful 65-75 feet tall tree in my yard. Over the last year, it has dropped 3 significant-sized branches. Big enough that I have to get the chainsaw out to be able to move them. These branches...

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Bird – Avian Pox

Q: What disease does this bird have? I found him in a large container of water. A: Local birding guide Georgann Schmalz (birdingadventuresinc.com) says it’s a juvenile American robin and probably has avian pox. Mockingbirds, thrashers, crows and robins are...

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Deer – Droppings from Rich Diet

Q: I’m trying to find out who left this gift in my yard in Sandy Springs. Could it be a bear? Any ideas? A: UGA wildlife expert Mike Mengak wildlife expert says since this is on dry pine needles with...

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Iguana – Droppings in Pool

Q: For the past six months poop like this has been in our South Florida pool. It’s very skinny, probably 1/4″ wide. Everyone said it was raccoon but it just doesn’t look like any raccoon feces pictures I have seen....

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Crapemyrtle – Lots of Sprouts at Base

Q: How can I prevent the massive leaf growth at the bottom of my crepe myrtles? A: Severe winter pruning is almost always the problem. When you remove the top of a crapemyrtle it automatically tries to make new growth...

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Yellowjacket Nest – Structure

Q: I have dug up yellow jacket nests, after killing them, but they usually get torn up in the process. A friend sent me this picture of a nest which was under an AC unit. They didn’t see any insects...

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Potatoes – Cooking in Pine Rosin

Q: Have you heard of using pine tree rosin for cooking potatoes? Is there a local source to purchase the rosin? A: At first I thought you were joking but people do endorse this cooking method! An entrepreneurial family down...

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