Gardening Q and A

Blackberries and Raspberries – Fruit Growth

Q: Do blackberries and raspberries produce fruit off of old growth or off new growth? A: It depends on which varieties you have. Brambles (which can describe both blackberries and raspberries) typically send up green, leafy stems (primocanes) initially. The...

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Field Bindweed – Identification

Q: This vine seems to grow like kudzu. It showed up this past summer, twirling around anything in its path. What is it and how can I get rid of it? A: Garden designer Shannon Pable says it is field...

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Leaf Spot – On Maple

Q: I need help identifying what is wrong with a maple tree in my back yard. In the past few weeks that the leaves had numerous spots. Is there anything I can do to fix the problem? A: Your maple...

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Poinsettia – Forcing into Color

Q: I still have my poinsettia from last Christmas. Its leaves are all green now. People have said to put it in a dark closet, so it will look good for this Christmas. Should I do that? Any suggestions? A:...

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Pansies – When to Plant

Q: I want to pull up my impatiens and replace them with pansies. What is the latest date I can plant and still have thriving pansies? A: You can plant as late as December if you choose, but you’ll have...

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Gardening – Beginning

Q: I want to plant a small flower garden in my yard. I have no idea of what type of gardening tools I need, or what type of flowers to plant, since I am a beginner. How should I get...

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Citrus Trees – Wintering

Q: I have a three-foot tall lemon tree and a six-foot tall orange tree growing on my patio. I am tired of pulling them into the garage in winter. Do you think they could possible survive on the patio next...

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Daffodils – King Alfred Type

Q: I found large, nice-looking daffodil bulbs, 100 for $15.00 at a wholesale store. The tag says they are “King Alfred type.” What does this mean? Would they last here? A: “King Alfred type” bulbs are not the true “King...

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River Birch – Not Greening

Q: I planted a river birch early this spring and the top three feet have not greened up. Should I remove the leafless limbs or wait it out? A: The top probably won’t ever green up. You can make a...

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Angel’s Tumpet – Poisonous?

Q: A parent at my school is concerned that the Angel’s Trumpet planted in the school’s front yard is very dangerous. They couldn’t believe we had it near children. Should she really be worried? Should the plant be removed? A:...

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Fertilizing – Just Before Rain

Q: We received two similar questions that have been answered together. We have a zoysia lawn on a sloping lot. We fertilized three days before we had four inches of rainfall in 48 hours. We suspect that most of the...

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Kiwi – When to Pick

Q: In the backyard of my new home, there are two twenty-year old kiwi vines, a male and a female. The female has produced hundreds of fruit. They are now the size you see in the grocery store. However, they...

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Emerald Zoysiagrass – Combining with Zeon

Q: I need to patch an area of six square feet in my ‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass lawn. The nurseries no longer carry ‘Emerald’ but have ‘Zeon’ instead. Would it be OK to use ‘Zeon’ as a patch? A: There is a...

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Poppy – Growing Legally

Q: A friend gave this seedpod to me, and it was filled with little black seeds. Do you have any idea what it is and where it grows? I was wondering if there is a chance we could get some...

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Water Lettuce – In Creek

Q: I found these water plants in a creek close to my house. I have never seen these plants there before. What are they and where would they come from? The stream winds thru the backyards of houses in a...

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Tree – Struck by Lightning

Q: I live in Cherokee County and have a beautiful poplar tree in my back yard that got struck by lighting last night and am not sure if it can be saved. Since it is so close to the house...

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Spanish Moss – Control

Q: Is there a registered chemical for controlling Spanish moss in crapemyrtles? A: Why do you want to control it in the first place? Spanish moss doesn’t hurt the crapemyrtles, it simply uses the branches as support. Spanish moss is...

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Creosote – Formation in Chimney

Q: I heard part of a conversation with one of your radio callers. You were talking about firewood and the deposit of creosote in a chimney. Did I understand you correctly that if you burn a fire with the flue...

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