Gardening Q and A

Norfolk Pine – Don’t Plant Outdoors

Q: I have a large, four year-old Norfolk pine in a pot. Can I plant it in my yard? The trunk is more than an inch thick and it’s over six feet tall. It’s big and beautiful but it needs...

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Mosquito – Garlic Spray

Q: I have heard that eating garlic or spraying it around the yard will repel mosquitoes. Is this true? A: The very first fact to chew on is that mosquitoes have almost no olfactory powers. They do sense odors in...

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Queen Anne’s Pocketbook Melon

Q: I propagate pomegranates as a hobby. I am quite familiar with the shrub that bears large fruit filled with sticky red seeds each fall. My question concerns a plant everybody in north Georgia calls a pomegranate but it grows...

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Tomato – Cracking Fruit

Q: I have tomatoes planted in whiskey barrels on my porch (full sun). They got pruned a little in hopes of having some bigger fruit. Both barrels show signs like this – but only on some fruit. Any help would...

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Pokeweed (Poke Sallet)

Q: The Yankees in our Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Buford are not familiar with the Southern plant known as poke salad. Do you know the correct spelling and if there is a scientific name for it?...

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Virginia Copperleaf – Identification and Control

Q: What is this weed in my garden? A: It’s Virginia copperleaf, Acalypha virginica.  It is an annual weed, which means it can be prevented with the proper pre-emergent chemical. The best pre-emergent for broadleaf weeds is dithiopyr (click for sources). Apply the chemical in...

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Crabgrass – Identification and Control

Q: What is this weed in my bermuda lawn? A: It’s crabgrass. The best way to control it is to apply a weed preventer (click for sources) in early spring. The exact timing depends on soil temperature. When soil is...

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Thermal Blue Bluegrass – Where to Buy

Q: Where can I get Thermal Blue Bluegrass seed? A: Delta Landscape Supply in Norcross has Hybrid Power a mixture of Fescue and 10% Thermal Blue. They also have straight Thermal Blue. Their # is...

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Frog – Control

Q: I live on the Chattahoochee river and we are inundated with frogs! Some nights their noise is so loud we can’t go to sleep until midnight. Is there anything that will repel them – or at least teach them...

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Gardening – First Steps

Q: I am writing for advice on the fundamentals of gardening. I am about to purchase my first home in LaGrange and I hope to dedicate a substantial amount of time to my lawn and garden. I am hoping that...

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Possum – Control

Q: I have noticed a possum climbing a tree in my yard for the past week. I swear he is as big as my Standard Poodle. Do I ignore him–encourage him–discourage him–get rid of him? Is he dangerous or harmless?...

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Lantana – Allelopathy

Q: This year I tried to grow some gladioli in a spot where I had lantana last year. The results were tortured looking. After researching on the Web I find that lantana is allelopathic but I could not find how...

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Spider – Control

Q: Q: We have tiny spiders that spin webs on the inside of the window and between the window and the screen. We have tried spraying insecticide on the sills but that does not seem to work. I think you...

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Hydrangea – Leaf Spot

Q: I planted two hydrangeas a year ago. The leave are now covered in round brown spots and they are not blooming. What should I do? A: Hydrangeas commonly get a leaf disease called Cercospora leaf spot. It usually infects...

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Paulownia (Princess Tree) – Identification and Control

Q: This plant popped up (and how!) and is still growing. What in the world is it? A: In a “Biggest Leaf” contest, the prize almost always goes to Princess tree (Paulownia tomentosa). It has huge leaves, especially on young plants or...

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Damaged Tree – Arborists

Q: I have two damaged trees. One looks like it got struck by lightening and the other just has a hole in the bottom that seems to tunnel up into the tree. Is there anything I can do to save...

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Springtails – Collembola

Q: My friends showed me a very mysterious purple-ish spread on their concrete driveway after a warm rain in December. It is made up of tiny bugs and they are moving slowly. We are concerned about this invasion. A: Can...

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Leyland Cypress – Repairing Vandalized

Q: I planted 12 Leyland Cypress trees approx 3 years ago to grow as a privacy hedge between me and my neighbors. They have done very well and were approx 8-10 ft tall. Today, I found 2 of them vandalized...

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