Gardening Q and A

Blackberry – Chimera on Leaves

Q: On a walk near our home we found what appears to be a blackberry bush on which the leaves on one side of a few stems are completely white. Some are half white and half green, including the stems....

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Broom sedge – Disposal

Q: How do you get rid of broom sedge in the pasture? A: Broomsedge is a perennial grass that self-seeds rapidly when it finds open soil in a pasture. This plant doesn’t invade a pasture, it just takes advantage of...

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Spiny Orbweaver Spider – Identification

Q: I almost bumped into this little beast this morning. He is about 3/4-inch across and was in the middle of a large web about 6-feet off the ground in a shady area. He looks like he forgot to take...

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Ammonium nitrate – Purchase

Q: I have a 13 year-old son I’m taking to the deer woods. We planted a no-plow seed mixture in a plot in the woods. The seed instructions say to apply ammonium nitrate when the plants get 3 to 5...

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Tomato – Leafminer

Q: Here are some sad leaves on my tomato. I have TERRIBLE luck with tomatoes here in Savannah! They get every little thing. I try not to use insecticides, but…dang. I await your wisdom, Oh Wise One! A: Leaf miners...

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Morningglory – Growing on Crapemyrtle

Q: Last spring I planted morning glory seed heavily at the foot of my trellis. This summer the vines on the trellis were more than two feet thick. There were lots of beautiful flowers and the anoles, skinks, and tree...

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Zoysia sod – Redo soil bed

Q: This past summer I put down Meyer zoysia sod but one area was not well plowed and as a result is not growing as well. After the sod has gone dormant, would it harm the sod to take it...

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Mondo grass – Weed control

Q: I have a dry stream bed with stone and dwarf mondo grass that has some weeds in it. How do I control them? A: Imazaquin (Image for Nutgrass) kills many broadleafed weeds plus fescue, ryegrass and crabgrass. Sethoxydim (Vantage)...

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Landscape plants – 1800s

Q: We have a home built in the 1800’s but would like to design with trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants used from 1900 – 1920. Can you give me a list of landscape plants for that period? A: The Cherokee...

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Loropetalum bush – Pruning

Q: I planted a loropetalum bush where I should not have, too close to the driveway. Is it OK to prune a loropetalum so that it stays a small bush? A: Loropetalum cultivars range in size from the tree-form ‘Zhuzhou...

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Flatheaded Borer – Identification

Q: Look at this worm that we pulled out of a fallen oak we were chopping for firewood. As you can see, they tunnel into the oak, eating with their little pinchers and leave a trail of sawdust-type substance behind....

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Luna Moth Caterpillar – Identification

Q: My son found this in the wood chips. It latched onto him when he carried it, and had small little spines on its back. A: A: It’s a luna moth caterpillar. Note the white stripe down the side, which...

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Pansy – Crown Rot

Q: I planted a large bed of pansies in mid- October. Most have been growing well. However, I noticed one plant that appears extremely wilted. Upon examination, it seems the stem of the plant at soil level narrows to the...

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Wheat Sprouting in Fescue Lawn

Q: I planted seed three weeks ago. The grass has come up nicely but there are some tall sprouts that are twice as big as the rest of the grass. What are they? A: Did you use wheat straw to...

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Tree – Dead Root

Q: I have a 20-ft tall, ten-year old maple in my front yard. This summer I noticed a chunk of bark near the base of the tree splitting and peeling up. Recently a big chunk broke off leaving a huge...

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Flapjack Plant – Identification

Q: My wife and I have been trying for a year to identify this plant to no avail. It was a hand-me-down plant, given to us last fall. It was an outdoor plant, we took it inside when the weather...

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New Garden – Not Thriving

Q: We want to know if you have insight as to why our garden failed this year so we can avoid issues next season. We planted our garden in August, with mushroom compost and landscape soil turned into it. You...

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Cherry – Severely Pruned

Q: I have four Yoshino Cherry trees, about 8-10′ tall, and all get trimmed to about 6′ in early February. The sicker one lost a branch a couple of months ago – completely dead, so we lopped it off. Also...

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