Gardening Q and A

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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Wood Ash – Fertilizer for Houseplant?

Q: Can I use a teaspoon of wood ash from the fireplace to fertilize my house plants? A: A teaspoon probably wouldn’t hurt anything but ashes don’t contain anything useful to a houseplant. All that ashes are good for is...

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Mondo grass – Planting

Q: We need advice on using dwarf mondo grass in our shady back yard instead of fescue. How far apart should mondo grass be planted ? A: As fate would have it, I’ve been helping a friend plant sprigs of...

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Macrophyla hortensia hydrangea – Outdoors

Q: I purchased a “macrophyla hortensia hydrangea” from the grocery store. It is in a pot with a spongy medium. Can this be planted outside now? A: Although florist hydrangea makes a great gift and is attractive for several days,...

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Leaves – Burning

Q: Rather than raking and bagging all of my leaves, is it legal to burn them instead? A: Outdoor burning of yard waste is regulated by the Georgia Forestry Commission and local law. The Forestry Commission typically institutes a “burn...

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Ants – Pest control

Q: I live in a loft in downtown Atlanta, and with the cold weather in recent weeks, I have had an infestation of ants. What do you recommend for ant control? A: Although you can certainly kill ants with a...

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Buzzard (Vulture) – Eating Foam on Convertible

Q: A friend is having problems with buzzards. Forty of them gather on her roof each day. They actually got into her garage and pulled the seal off the convertible top on her car. Any comments or suggestions would be...

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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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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 (click for sources) kills many broadleafed weeds plus fescue, ryegrass and crabgrass. Sethoxydim (click...

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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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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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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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